Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Ramsar's Standing Committee Holds 41st Meeting [viewed]

11 May 2010: The 41st meeting of the Standing Committee (SC) of the Rasmar Convention on Wetlands took place in Kobuleti, Georgia, from 26 April-1 May 2010. Opening the meeting, Giorgi Khachidze, Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources, Georgia, emphasized the importance of wetlands, especially in the era of climate change and increased potential for disasters.

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UNITAR Holds Seminar on Environmentally Induced Migration and Climate Change [viewed]

27 April 2010: The UN Institute for Training and Reaserch (UNITAR) held a seminar on Environmentally Induced Migration and Climate Change on 20 April 2010, in New York, US. The event was part of the Migration and Development Series, which is supported by the International Migration Organization (IOM), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the MacArthur Foundation as partners.

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UN Humanitarian Chief and WFP Focus on West African Food Crisis [viewed]

26 April 2010: UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Josette Sheeran has indicated that the intense droughts in Niger are escalating the humanitarian crisis and contributing to mass migration from rural to urban areas as well as to neighboring countries. She has announced that WFP will step up its aid to support 2.3 million people, particularly pregnant women and children, in the arid eastern Sahel region.

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UN/ISDR Convenes African Ministers' Conference on DRR [viewed]

23 April 2010: African Ministers attended the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) Second Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), from 14-16 April 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya. Key outcomes of the meeting included the adoption of the Programme of Action for the Implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (2006–2015) and a Ministerial Declaration.

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Event: MSI+5 High-Level Review [viewed]

The five-year review of the Mauritius Strategy for the Implementation (MSI+5) of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place in September 2010, during the High-Level Dialogue of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).  

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UN/ISDR Releases Report on Lessons Learned from Local DRR [viewed]

20 April 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released a report titled "Local Governments and Disaster Risk Reduction, Good Practices and Lessons Learned." The report comprises case studies and contributes to the “Making Cities Resilient” Campaign, which aims to address issues of local governance and urban risk, as well as sustainable urbanization principles.

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UN Releases Fourth Edition of Facts for Life [viewed]

April 2010: The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Bank, has published the fourth edition of "Facts for Life."

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CARICOM-Japan Consultations Held [viewed]

15 April 2010: The 14th Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-Japan Consultations were held at CARICOM Secretariat headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana, on 15 April 2010, in preparation for the Second CARICOM-Japan Ministerial Meeting, which will convene in Tokyo, Japan, in September 2010. Participants discussed bilateral cooperation as well as regional and global issues such as the financial and economic crisis, security, climate change and disaster management.

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First Conference of Ministers Responsible for Meteorology in Africa Adopts Nairobi Declaration [viewed]

16 April 2010: The First Conference of African ministers responsible for meteorology adopted the Nairobi Declaration in response to the increasing risks and threats to development posed by climate variability and change. The Conference, which was organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), in partnership with the African Union Commission, gathered around 30 ministers in Nairobi, Kenya, on 15-16 April 2010.

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IPCC Publishes Leaflets [viewed]

April 2010: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published a series of leaflets providing information on its ongoing work.

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