Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN Secretary-General Highlights Bangladesh's Efforts in Disaster Risk Prevention [viewed]

2 November 2008: In a press conference given in Dhaka,

Bangladesh, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that the financial crisis

should not “impede our efforts to fight climate change.” He described the

possible impacts of global warming on Bangladeshis, and noted the country's

efforts in disaster prevention and preparedness.

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UNGA Second Committee Considers Human Settlements and Climate Change [viewed]

UN-HABITAT Chief, in Second Committee, cites ‘Rapid and Chaotic' Urbanization, Shortage of Affordable Housing as Causes of Global Financial Crisis 28 October 2008: The Second Committee on Economic and Financial issues, of the 63rd UN General Assembly (UNGA), considered the report of the Secretary-General on the Implementation of the Outcome of the UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) and strengthening of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) (document A/63/291).

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UNEP Auctions “Paint for the Planet” Paintings, Releases Children's Survey Results [viewed]

Children take to the canvas to advocate for climate change in UN campaign 26 October 2008: The UN kicked off its “UNite to Combat

Climate Change” campaign on 23 October 2008, with the “Paint for the Planet”

art exhibition. The exhibition was followed on 25 October 2008 by an auction

that raised US$21,000, which will be donated to children affected by

climate-related disasters.

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UNDP, UNEP and WFP Make Submissions on Adaption [viewed]

21 October 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN

Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have submitted

reports on progress in the implementation of Article 4, paragraphs 8 and 9, of

the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and of decision 1/CP.10

to the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation, which will hold its 29th

session in Poznan, Poland, from 1-10 December 2008.

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Caribbean States' Vulnerability to Climate Change Stressed at UN Press Conference [viewed]

Association of Caribbean States 23 October 2008: At a press conference at UN Headquarters in

New York, US, representatives of the Association of Caribbean States said

countries of the Caribbean region were headed for “hard and difficult times”

unless they took action on climate change, with the cooperation and support of

the international community.

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UN Agencies Organize Congress on Women in Politics Focusing on Climate Change and DRR [viewed]

23 October 2008: The Third Congress on Women in Politics and

Governance: Focus on Gender, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

took place from 19-22 October 2008, in Manila, Philippines. The event was

organized by the Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics in partnership with

the UN/International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the UN

Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), among

other organizations.

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WMO Fourth International Workshop on Monsoons Opens in Beijing [viewed]

World Weather Research Programme (WWRP)

20 October 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Fourth International Workshop on Monsoons is taking place from 20–25 October

2008, in Beijing, China. The workshop is part of the WMO major quadrennial

symposia and workshops series under the World Weather Research Programme

(WWRP).

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UN Secretary-General Urges Closer Relations Between UN and Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies [viewed]

United Nations 20 October 2008: In a message to the International

Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' seventh Pan African

Conference, taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 19-22 October

2008, Cheick Sidi Diarra, the Secretary-General's High Representative for the

Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island

Developing States, on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, called for

strengthening the relationship between the UN and the International Federation.

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UN Fourth Committee Underscores the Value of Shared Space Technologies as a Disaster Management Tool [viewed]

15 October 2008: The UN Fourth Committee (Special Political

and Decolonization) concluded its general debate on international cooperation

in the peaceful uses of outer space with a broad agreement on the value of

shared space technologies as a tool for sustainable development and disaster

management.

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FAO, IFAD and World Bank Release Sourcebook on Gender in Agriculture [viewed]

Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook15 October 2008: The newly released Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook investigates the situation of women in the rural workforce and how some of the challenges they face can be overcome. Developed in cooperation between the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank, the sourcebook is intended to be used both as a reference and as a tool book for agricultural development. It also addresses cross-cutting issues, including gender dimensions of climate change and bioenergy.

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