Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN/ISDR Co-Hosts 2009 Stockholm Policy Forum on Climate-Smart Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

Un-isdr26 October 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) co-hosted the 2009 Stockholm Policy Forum on Climate-Smart Disaster Risk Reduction on 26 October 2009.

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World Bank Launches MultiCat Program to Insure Against Floods, Hurricanes and Wind Storms [viewed]

Worldbanklogo19 October 2009: The World Bank launched the MultiCat Program – a catastrophe bond issuance platform that gives governments and other public entities access to international capital markets to insure themselves against the risk of natural disasters. The types of events that may be insured are earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and other wind storms.

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UN/ISDR Participates in African Parliamentarians Meeting on Reducing the Impacts of Climatic Disasters [viewed]

© UN/ISDR20 October 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) participated in the Consultative Meeting of Parliamentarians in Chad on 17 October 2009. At the meeting, Parliamentarians and Ministers from Central African countries recognized disaster risk reduction measures as a main tool to adapt to future climate-related disasters that are already affecting many countries in Africa.

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UNGA Second Committee Discusses Climate Change Impacts and Threats [viewed]

© UN General Assembly19 October 2009: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) participated, on 19 October, in a panel discussion focused on “Climate Change: Impacts and Threats,” based on the Secretary-General's report “Climate Change and its Possible Security Implications.” The event was organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) under the auspices of the Second Committee.

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India Hosting Climate Change-related Meetings [viewed]

© UN DESA19 October 2009: The Government of India is hosting a number of bilateral and multilateral meetings related to climate change in the coming week.

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EU-Sponsored Meeting Discusses UN Secretary-General's Report on Climate Change and Security [viewed]

© EU Swedish Presidency16 October 2009: During a conference on “Environment, Climate Change and Security – Facing the Challenges,” which took place in Stockholm, Sweden, on 15 October 2009, and was organized by the Swedish Presidency of the European Union (EU), Swedish State Secretary Joakim Stymne identified six areas for urgent action concerning the security risks posed by climate change.

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UNGA Member States Highlight Vulnerability and Special Needs of LDCs and SIDS [viewed]

26 September 2009: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) annual high-level debate heard several leaders of small island developing States (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs) focusing on climate change.

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WFP Initiative Targets Women Vulnerable to Climate Change [viewed]

Looding forces Samya Begum has to abandon her home every year - © WFP/Natasha Scripture21 September 2009: Vulnerable Group Development is a joint programme between the World Food Programme (WFP), the Government of Bangladesh and local NGOs, which provides monthly rations of flour and “life-skills” training to vulnerable women primarily in disaster-prone areas.

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WMO and ITU Hold Joint Seminar on Monitoring and Prediction of Weather, Water and Climate [viewed]

© WMO - ITU18 September 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) held their first joint seminar on “Use of Radio Spectrum for Meteorology: Weather, Water and Climate Monitoring and Prediction.” The seminar was held at WMO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from 16-18 September 2009.

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UNGA Second Committee to Address Climate Protection [viewed]

© UN17 September 2009: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly has decided to discuss the protection of global climate for present and future generations.

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