Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN Day for South-South Cooperation: CBD Executive Secretary Addresses Disaster Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) 17 December 2008: On the occasion of the fifth annual UN Day for South-South Cooperation and the Launch of the Global South-South Development Expo, organized by the UN Development Programme on 17 December 2008, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), drew attention to statistics coming from climate-related natural disasters.

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World Bank Releases Book on Vital Data for Mitigating Natural Disasters [viewed]

Data Against Natural Disasters 16 December 2008: In response to the likely increase in both the frequency and severity of disasters due to climate change, the World Bank has launched a book containing a set of guidelines to help countries preemptively collect the data vital for effective relief operations, to avoid compounding the original catastrophe. The book, entitled “Data Against Natural Disasters,” was launched jointly by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the World Bank.

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WMO: 2008 Among the Ten Warmest Years [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) 16 December 2008: The year 2008 is likely to rank as the tenth warmest year on record, since the beginning of instrumental climate records in 1850, according to data sources compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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UN Secretary-General Urges Investment in Clean Technologies and Green Jobs [viewed]

The Association of Caribbean States 15 December 2008: Joel Boutroe, UN Humanitarian Coordinator/Resident Coordinator for Haiti, delivered a statement on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a seminar on Climate Change and the Environment, which convened in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 13 December 2008. In the statement, Ban noted the urgent need “to come together as a global community” to find common solutions to common problems such as climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Highlights South-South Cooperation's Role in Combating Climate Change [viewed]

15 December 2008: In a message to mark the celebration of the UN Day for South-South Cooperation, observed on 19 December, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that the global financial, food and climate change crises call for greater cooperation among developing countries.

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UNEP Releases Film Series Highlighting Adaptation Efforts in Africa [viewed]

Gathering Storm - The humanitarian impact of climate change 3 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in partnership with the UN/OCHA Integrated Resource Information Network (IRIN), has launched a film series titled “Gathering Storm - The humanitarian impact of climate change.”

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UNDP and France Create ClimSat Partnership [viewed]

UN Development Programme (UNDP) 10 December 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Government of France and the regional government of Brittany, has created the ClimSat partnership. This new regional initiative – a network of public and private satellite providers – aims to offer satellite images free of charge to communities in 50 regions across the world to improve the monitoring of deforestation, desertification, changing rainfall patterns and other phenomena.

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UNEP FI Highlights Insurance Industry's Role in Adaptation, Mitigation [viewed]

UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) 10 December 2008: At a side event held during the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC, in Poznan, Poland, members of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) discussed the role of insurers in developing innovative products to respond to the increasing number of weather-related disasters, to insure forests, and to smooth out uncertainties in renewable energy.

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ESCAP Holds High Level Meeting on Asia-Pacific's Food-Fuel Crisis and Climate Change [viewed]

L-R: Indonesia's Foreign Minister, Dr. N. Hassan Wirajuda and Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP

9 December 2008: The High-level Regional Policy Dialogue on “The Food-Fuel Crisis and Climate Change – Reshaping the Development Agenda,” organized by the Government of Indonesia and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), is convening in Denpasar, Indonesia, from 9-10 December 2008. The dialogue aims to identify strategies to address the impact of the food, energy and financial crises on Asia and the Pacific in the context of climate change, and prevent the triple crises from becoming a development emergency.

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WMO Releases MeteoWorld December Issue [viewed]

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