Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

World Health Assembly Agrees to Climate Change and Health Action Plan [viewed]

© WHO22 May 2009: The 62nd World Health Assembly met from 18-22 May 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UNFCCC Releases WHO Submission on Humanitarian Consequences of Climate Change [viewed]

15 May 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has posted the submission by the World Health Organization (WHO) on ideas and proposals on the elements of paragraph 1 of the Bali Action Plan that will be examined by the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) at its sixth session in Bonn, Germany, from 1-12 June 2009.

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Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction Launched [viewed]

17 May 2009: The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction was launched on 17 May 2009, in Manama, Bahrain.

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UN/ISDR Organizes Second Africa Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction Consultative Meeting [viewed]

11 May 2009: The Second Africa Regional Platform (ARP) on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Consultative Meeting convened at UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, from 5-7 May 2009. The event, themed “Accelerate progress in implementing the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) and the Africa Regional Strategy for DRR,” was organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR).

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UNEP Grants Green Star Awards for Contributing to Stability of Post-Crisis Societies [viewed]

7 May 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Green Cross International and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) granted five inaugural Green Star Awards in Brussels, Belgium, on 7 May 2009. The Awards recognize the efforts of leaders who contribute to the stability of post-crisis societies.

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FAO Publishes Guidelines for Emergency Relief for Livestock Keepers Affected by Climate Change [viewed]

© Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards7 May 2009: A consortium consisting of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Feinstein International Center (Tufts University), the International Committee of the Red Cross, the African Union and Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (VSF) Europa, has published a set of Livestock Emergency Standards and Guidelines (LEGS) to assist in the design of emergency relief actions for livestock keepers affected by climate change.

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UN/ISDR Releases April Issue of ISDR-Highlights [viewed]

© UN/ISDR1 May 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released the April 2009 issue of its newsletter ISDR-Highlights.

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UN/ISDR and UNDP to Launch Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

May 2009: The 2009 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction will be launched in Manama, Bahrain, on 17 May 2009, at an event organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR). The report will present a global risk analysis on emerging disaster and climatic risk patterns and trends, in particular those related to poverty and human development concerns.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Organizes NWP Workshop on Economic Resilience [viewed]

A group shot of the workshop participants.4 May 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat organized a Technical Workshop on Increasing Economic Resilience to Climate Change and Reducing Reliance on Vulnerable Economic Sectors through Economic Diversification, which met from 28-30 April 2009, in Cairo, Egypt. The workshop was convened under the Nairobi Work Programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (NWP).

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IPCC to Prepare Special Report on Extreme Events and Disasters [viewed]

23 April 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will prepare a Special Report on managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation, to be released during the second half of 2011. This decision was taken by the IPCC at its recent 30th session, which convened from 21-23 April 2009, in Antalya, Turkey.

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