Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

International Conference Carries Out Mid-Term Review of International Water Decade [viewed]

10 June 2010: Organized by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the UN, the High Level International Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the International Decade for Action “Water for Life” 2005-2015, took place from 8-10 June 2010, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

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FAO-Backed Bangladeshi Radio Assists Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Sectors [viewed]

8 June 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Bangladeshi Ministry of Agriculture have set up a radio station run by and for people living in remote parts of Bangladesh, to broadcast  information to support those working in the agriculture, fisheries and livestock sectors.

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WMO Executive Council Meeting Opens [viewed]

8 June 2010: The annual meeting of the Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) opened in Geneva, Switzerland, on 8 June 2010, to review progress made in the provision of critical weather, water and climate services and to optimize its programmes in a changing world.

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World Oceans Day Celebrated [viewed]

8 June 2010: World Oceans Day was celebrated on 8 June around the theme "Our oceans: opportunities and challenges.”

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ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010 Adopts Hyderabad Action Plan [viewed]

4 June 2010: The fifth International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010 (WTDC-10) convened from 24 May-4 June 2010, in Hyderabad, India, to consider development priorities in telecommunications and information and communication technologies (ICT), and agree on the programmes, projects and initiatives to implement them.

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UNCCD and UNISDR Sign MOU [viewed]

30 May 2010: The Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Bonn, Germany, on 30 May 2010. The MOU establishes a framework for collaboration on reducing the vulnerability of communities to drought-related risk and to expand networks that will advance the prevention of drought-associated disasters.

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UN General Assembly Concludes Human Security Debate [viewed]

21 May 2010: The UN General Assembly met from 20-21 May 2010, to discuss the concept of human security, based on the report of the Secretary-General on the follow-up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit (A/64/701).

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Event: Fifth International Conference on Flood Management [viewed]

This event is organized by the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management, under the auspices of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural and Educational Organization (UNESCO) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan. It will be organized around the theme "Floods: From Risk to Opportunity," and will consist of five plenary sessions, 20 parallel sessions, four poster sessions, special events and technical and cultural tours.  

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First World Congress on Cities and Adaptation Adopts Bonn Declaration [viewed]

30 May 2010: The first World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change, which addressed the theme "Resilient Cities 2010," convened from 28-30 May 2010, in Bonn, Germany. The Congress was organized by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainable Development, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and the City of Bonn, and it sought to support the implementation of the UNFCCC Nairobi Work Programme on Adaptation by providing a forum for exchange, learning, networking, debating and policy making on approaches and solutions for climate change adaptation and resilience-building in cities and municipalities, including local adaptation practices.

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UN/ISDR Launches Campaign to Increase Cities' Resilience [viewed]

27 May 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has launched a two-year campaign titled “Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready.” The campaign was launched during the First World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change, which convened in Bonn, Germany, from 28-30 May 2010.

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