Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

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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UNDP Global Event Focuses on Capacity Development [viewed]

March 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Morocco hosted a global event on "Capacity is Development" from17-19 March 2010, in Marrakesh. The event brought together world and community leaders, including development practitioners, from the North and South to discuss policies, institutional reforms and investment decisions that have enabled capable States and societies to sustain human development.

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Event: Seminar on environmental migration and climate change [viewed]

This seminar is part of the UNITAR Migration and Development Series. Over 20 million people were displaced by sudden-onset climate-related disasters in 2008 alone. Estimates have suggested that between 25 million to one billion people could move as a result of climate change over the next 40 years, with 200 million being the most widely cited figure. This one-day seminar aims to present a nuanced picture of the interrelation between migratory decisions and environmental degradation, exacerbated through climate change; and bring together the migration, development, climate change and environment perspective. This seminar is designed for the members of Permanent Missions. UN staff and interested representatives of civil society and the private sector.  

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UN Secretary-General's Report for Rio+20 Preparatory Committee Released [viewed]

1 April 2010: The UN Secretary-General's report on "Progress to date and remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits in the area of sustainable development and analysis of the themes for the Conference" (A/CONF.216/PC/2) has been released in preparation for the 17-19 May 2010 Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, which will meet in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, in 2012 (Rio+20).

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US and Japan Announce APEC Initiatives [viewed]

29 March 2010: Japan and the US, as hosts of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in 2010 and 2011 respectively, have announced initiatives they will undertake in their work with the APEC economies, as they seek increased cooperation in the design of a new growth paradigm for the region, to promote balanced, inclusive, environmentally sustainable and knowledge-based growth.

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UNCCD and CARICOM Discuss MOU Implementation [viewed]

30 March 2010: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat has discussed ways to support the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in its efforts to promote and implement policies for sustainable land management in the face of challenges posed by climate change and prolonged droughts.

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ACP Countries and EU Discuss Improved Partnership on Climate Change [viewed]

29 March 2010: The 20th session of  the Joint Parliamentary Assembly between African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and the EU is being held in Tenerife, Spain, from 29 March-1 April 2010, to further discuss climate change cooperation, among other things.

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CARIFORUM-EU Political Dialogue Addresses Preparations for Cancun [viewed]

24 March 2010: The first CARIFORUM-EU Political Dialogue was held in Kingston, Jamaica, on 23 March 2010, to discuss issues of common interest. Among the challenges facing the Caribbean, delegates discussed the global financial crisis, regional food security, high dependence on energy and problems related to climate change and natural disasters.

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UN General Assembly Holds High-Level Dialogue on Water [viewed]

22 March 2010: To mark World Water Day, the UN General Assembly held a High-Level Dialogue on the implementation of the International Decade for Action on “Water for Life” 2005-2015, and the realization of the internationally agreed water-related development goals. The Dialogue was held on 22 March 2010, and was organized around panels on: Water and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); Water, Climate Change and Disasters; and Water and Peace and Security.

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UNECA Organizes Workshop on Climate Change and Scientific Consequences in Africa [viewed]

17 March 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the International Council for Science-Regional Office for Africa (ICSU-ROA) organized a consultative workshop on “Climate Change and Scientific Consequences in Africa: Post-Copenhagen” from 17-19 March 2010, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The aim of the workshop was to examine the role of African scientists in addressing the climate change challenge.

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