Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Tenth Session of the Human Rights Council Discusses Relationship of Climate Change and Human Rights, Adopts OHCHR Report [viewed]

Photo credit, OHCHR

27 March 2009: The tenth special session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) convened from 2-27 March 2009, at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland. The Council considered and endorsed the Report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the relationship between climate change and human rights (A/HRC/10/61). The Council also adopted a resolution on human rights and climate change.

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UNESCAP's Committee on Disaster Reduction Convenes [viewed]

Photo credit: Bangkok UN/ESCAP Information Services

25 March 2009: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific's (ESCAP) Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction (CDRR) opened on 25 March 2009, and will conclude on 27 March. Noting that Asia and the Pacific is the most disaster-prone region, participants underscored the importance of cooperation among governments in the region for disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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World Bank's 2009 Development Marketplace Grant Competition Launched [viewed]

Development Marketplace

23 March 2009: The World Bank has launched its annual Global Development Marketplace competition for seed grants.

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Bonn Dialogues on Global Environmental Change to Discuss Role of Education and Adaptation Strategies to Cope with Environmental Hazards [viewed]

5th Event Approaching on "Living with Risk"

March 2009: The Bonn Dialogues on Global Environmental Change will be held as a special event of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development and will take place on 1 April 2009, in Bonn, Germany. Panelists will discuss the role of education, training and adaptation and coping strategies used to deal with the world's growing environmental hazards.

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WMO Releases Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2008 [viewed]

WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate

18 March 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) published its annual Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2008. The WMO Statement contains information for 2008 on global temperature, regional temperature anomalies, global precipitation, droughts, flooding and storms, La Niña, tropical cyclones, Antarctic ozone hole and Arctic sea ice extent, as well as an article on benefits for climate monitoring and assessment of data rescue activities.

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ESCAP to Convene Committee on Disaster Reduction [viewed]

March 2009: The Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will convene the First Session of the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction, from 25-27 March 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop will include a high-level roundtable on regional cooperation for disaster risk reduction as well as sessions on: implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action in Asia and the Pacific; enhancing regional cooperation on disaster risk reduction in Asia and the Pacific; activities of ESCAP cooperative mechanisms on disaster risk reduction; and the strategic framework and proposed outputs for the proposed programme of work for 2010-2011.

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PEMSEA's EAS Congress to Consider Climate Change Adaptation through Integrated Coastal Management [viewed]

The East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress

March 2009: The East Asian Seas Region Ministerial Forum, to be held in Manila, the Philippines, from 26-27 November 2009, as part of East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2009, will address climate change adaptation through integrated coastal management (ICM).

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UNFCCC Workshop Formulates Recommendations Regarding Climate-Related Hazards, Sectoral and National Level Planning [viewed]

16 March 2009: The Workshop on Integrating Practices, Tools and Systems for Climate Risk Assessment and Management and Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies into National Policies and Programmes convened from 10-12 March 2009, in Havana, Cuba. The workshop took place under the aegis of the Nairobi Work Programme on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change, which was established in 2006 under the UNFCCC. The event was held in collaboration with the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and brought together approximately 80 participants, representing governments, UN agencies and constituted bodies, academia, and non-governmental organizations.

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UNESCO Presents “Water in a Changing World” Report [viewed]

New report highlights crucial role of water in development

12 March 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has presented the UN World Water Development Report 3, which will be launched at the Fifth World Water Forum, scheduled to take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 16-22 March 2009. The Report, coordinated by the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), is the result of a cooperative effort by the 26 UN agencies and entities that make up UN-Water.

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UNISDR Releases February Issue of ISDR-Highlights [viewed]

ISDR-Highlights

1 March 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has released the February 2009 issue of its newsletter ISDR-Highlights.

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