Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN Secretary-General Calls on CARICOM to Address Climate Change and the Financial Crisis “in Tandem” [viewed]

Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM)

9 February 2009: In a speech given at the opening of the Fifth General Meeting of the UN and Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) and its Associated Institutions, taking place in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for the two institutions to step up their collaboration in the face of multiple global crises. 

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UNISDR Releases ISDR-Highlights January Issue [viewed]

UNISDR Releases ISDR-Highlights January Issue

31 January 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) has released the January 2009 issue of its newsletter, ISDR-Highlights.

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IPCC Schedules Scoping Meeting for a Special Report on Extreme Events and Disasters [viewed]

February 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scoping meeting for a proposed Special Report on “Extreme events and disasters: managing the risks” will take place from 23-26 March 2009, in Oslo, Norway. The meeting will be hosted by the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority.

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UNICEF's 2009 Humanitarian Action Report Highlights Effects of Climate Change on Women and Children [viewed]

A girl collects firewood in Kibati camp for the displaced in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Conflict, chronic poverty and high food prices threaten children's well-being throughout the region. © UNICEF/NYHQ2008-1186/Holt

27 January 2009: The 2009 Humanitarian Action Report was launched in Geneva, Switzerland, by UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann Veneman and UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Regional Director Sigrid Kaag. The Report highlights the plight of children and women around the globe in humanitarian emergencies, such as conflict situations and natural disasters.

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UNISDR Releases Revised Terminology Report [viewed]

UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)

21 January 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has released a revised 2009 Terminology Report, which aims to promote common understanding and common usage of disaster risk reduction concepts and to assist the disaster risk reduction efforts of authorities, practitioners and the public.

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UNEP/CMS Climate-related Project Unveiled during Year of the Gorilla Ice-Skating Event [viewed]

 Projects to Save Africa's Rarest Ape Unveiled by UN and Wildlife Groups

15 January 2009: Three projects aimed at countering the gorilla's slide towards extinction were spotlighted as the international Year of the Gorilla (YoG) 2009 got underway with a “Gorillas on Thin Ice” event. The projects, which were drawn up by the UN Environment Programme Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS), seek to boost the prospects for the Cross River Gorilla, which is Africa's rarest ape.

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UNHCR Warns of Climate-Induced Displacements [viewed]

High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres addresses the Security Council

8 January 2009: In an address to the UN Security Council, António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), warned of new forms of displacement, with natural disasters on the rise due to climate change.

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UN Launches Campaign on Internally Displaced Persons, Including Those Affected by Climate Change [viewed]

IDPs in North Kivu (Democratic Republic of the Congo) 18 December 2008: The UN has launched a year-long advocacy campaign to help millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs), which represent 1% of the world's population, focusing on mitigating the impact of conflict and natural disasters.

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UNGA Adopts Climate Change-Related Resolutions [viewed]

UN General Assembly (UNGA) 19 December 2008: Among 34 development-related actions put forward by its Second Committee (Economic and Financial), the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a number of resolutions reflecting the breadth of the Committee's agenda, including consideration of the economic ramifications of climate change, and addressing the need for a more equitable international financial system and to bolster developing countries' resilience to financial risk.

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African Ministers Pledge to Develop the Continent's Water Resources for Agriculture and Energy [viewed]

Water for Agriculture and Energy in Africa: the Challenges of Climate Change

17 December 2008: During the ministerial conference “Water for Agriculture and Energy in Africa: the Challenges of Climate Change,” held from 15-17 December 2008, in Sirte, Libya, ministers from 53 African countries adopted the Sirte Declaration, in which they pledge to promote water development throughout the continent to fully exploit Africa's agricultural and hydroenergy potential.

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