Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

IPCC Scholarship Programme Issues Call for Proposals [viewed]

24 June 2010: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Scholarship Programme, which was established with the funds received from the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, has issued its first call for proposals.

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World Bank Supports India's Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project [viewed]

22 June 2010: The World Bank has approved a US$255 million assistance loan for a project to assist India in mitigating the risks and vulnerability of its people to natural disasters, especially cyclones.

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ADB Releases Report on Ho Chi Minh City's Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

1 June 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report titled "Ho Chi Minh City Adaptation to Climate Change," which aims to assist Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) People's Committee in adapting to and coping with climate change and variability.

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European Commission Funds Drought Resilience in the Greater Horn of Africa [viewed]

23 June 2010: The European Commission has adopted a €20 million humanitarian financial package to support 12 million people affected by drought in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda in developing resilience to drought and adapting to climate change.

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UNDP and Bangladesh Fight Environmental Degradation to Reduce Poverty [viewed]

UNDP21 June 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Bangladesh are supporting the island of St. Martin's to develop strategies that offset or avoid biodiversity loss while promoting poverty reduction.

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UN/ISDR Warns Against Building in Flood-Prone Areas [viewed]

18 June 2010: After a week of massive flooding in Myanmar, France and China, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has urged governments to take flood risk into account in urban planning, and citizens to avoid building in flood prone areas.  

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UNDP Workshop Formulates Assistance Programme for Adaptation in Africa [viewed]

UNDP18 June 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Practice Team experts in gender, capacity development, poverty reduction, learning (LRC), and knowledge management, took part in a workshop in Dakar, Senegal, from 14-18 June 2010, to formulate an integrated programme of technical assistance in support of the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP).

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WFP Releases Annual Report for 2010 [viewed]

June 2010: The World Food Programme (WFP) has released its annual report for 2010, titled "Fighting Hunger Worldwide." The report indicates that the number of hungry people worldwide grew to over one billion.

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UNESCO IOC Celebrates 50th Anniversary [viewed]

8 June 2010: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched the celebration of its 50th anniversary on 8 June, Word Oceans Day.

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UN/ISDR Announces Appointment of West African DRR Champion [viewed]

10 June 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced the appointment of the Chair of the Parliamentarian Network on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) at the National Assembly of Senegal, MP Abdou Sane, as West African DRR Champion.

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