Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

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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IFPRI Releases Papers on Climate Change Impacts in Ethiopia and Southern Africa [viewed]

April 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released two discussion papers on: climate change impacts on the hydrology and irrigation of the Limpopo River Basin of Southern Africa; and the impact of changing precipitation patterns on crop production in Ethiopia.

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Event: Second Africa Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

This meeting is being organized by the African Union Commission, the Government of Kenya and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), in collaboration with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) of the World Bank. This conference will be held parallel to the First Conference of Ministers responsible for meteorology in Africa, organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in conjunction with the African Union Commission.

The conference on disaster risk reduction and its technical segment will aim to: discuss and adopt the extended Programme of Action for the Implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for disaster risk reduction (2006-2015); define a regional mechanism and the resources to coordinate, support and monitor the implementation of the Africa Strategy and Programme of Action for disaster risk reduction (2006-2010); and link the outcomes of UNFCCC COP 15 to the extended Programme of Action for the Implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for disaster risk reduction (2006-2015).  

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ECLAC Executive Secretary Outlines Low-Carbon Strategies [viewed]

9 April 2010: During a session of the World Economic Forum for Latin America 2010, which convened in Cartagena, Colombia, Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), highlighted policies and strategies that may be adopted to promote low-carbon economies.

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Human Rights Council Includes Climate Change in Agenda for 2010 Social Forum [viewed]

25 March 2010: The 13th session of the UN Human Rights Council, which met from 1-26 March 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland, concluded with the adoption of 28 resolutions, including one on the organization of the Social Forum (A/HRC/13/L.16).

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World Health Day Celebrated [viewed]

7 April 2010: The 2010 edition of World Health Day was celebrated on 7 April around the theme "Urbanization: a challenge for public health." To mark the Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Commonwealth Secretariat released a couple of publications that underline linkages between urban health and climate change.

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