Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

IPCC Releases Statement on Trends in Disaster Losses [viewed]

25 January 2010: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a statement on trends in disaster losses.

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GEF Approves Emergency Solar Power Project for Haiti [viewed]

20 January 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved an emergency project to help restore power, which was lost from the Port au Prince earthquake, to key medical facilities and refugee camps. The US$3 million grant, co-financed with matching grants from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank Group, will use solar energy to produce clean electricity for medical centers, vaccine refrigeration and other critical relief efforts.

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Business UN Website Launched [viewed]

14 January 2010: The UN launched “Business.UN.org,” a new website designed to match the needs of UN organizations with the resources and capacities of the private sector.

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UNPFII Report Highlights Increased Vulnerability to Climate Change Among Indigenous Communities [viewed]

18 January 2010: The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) has released the State of the World's Indigenous Peoples' Report, which highlights that indigenous peoples are among the first to feel the impacts of climate change even though their lifestyles are practically carbon neutral.

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UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and WFP Joint Executive Board Meeting Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

15 January 2010: The Joint Session of the Executive Boards of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), and the World Food Programme (WFP) convened on 15 January 2010, in New York, US, and focused on the issue of climate change.

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UNECE Task Force on Water and Climate Releases Study on Transboundary Flood Risk Management [viewed]

January 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released a study titled “Transboundary flood risk management: experiences from the UNECE region,” which presents preliminary recommendations and case studies prepared by the Task Force on Water and Climate, under the UNECE Water Convention.

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UN Regional Commissions Publish Joint Report on Climate Change Challenges [viewed]

14jan_10_08January 2010: The five UN Regional Commissions have released a report on the support they provide, by region and thematic area, to combating climate change, titled "The United Nations Regional Commissions and the Climate Change Challenges."

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Event: Joint meeting of the Executive Boards of UNDP/UNFPA, UNICEF and WFP [viewed]

The joint meeting of the Executive Boards of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) will address climate change, among other agenda items. The provisional annotated agenda, list of documents and workplan for the session are contained in document DP/2010/L.1.  

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WHO Fact File Highlights Climate Change's Impact on Children's Environmental Health [viewed]

Who18 December 2009: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a fact file titled "10 Facts on Children's Environmental Health," which summarizes environment-related causes and conditions of the nearly three million deaths of children under five years old every year.

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UNHCR Reports on Climate Change, Disaster, Displacement and Migration in Africa [viewed]

21dic_09_05December 2009: The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has published a working paper titled "Climate change, disaster, displacement and migration: initial evidence from Africa," based on evidence from Burundi and Somalia, which are among the most vulnerable countries in the world.

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