Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

IFPRI Publishes Essays on Policy Responses to Food Crisis [viewed]

Policy Responses to Food Crisis October 2008: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFRPI) has published three essays addressing critical questions regarding policy responses to the current food crisis. The essays by Joachim von Braun, IFPRI Director General, Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), and Namanga Ngongi, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), point to the dangers and pitfalls of misguided policies, but also to the potential opportunities for responding in a way that prevents future crises and ensures food security in the long term. In addition to the most pressing questions of delivering immediate relief to populations affected by hunger and the strategic issues of the long-term stabilization of food production and food markets, the essays also address impacts of current biofuel policies and climate change on agriculture.

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Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance to Focus on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

October 2008: The Third Global Congress of Women in Politics

and Governance will convene in Manila, Philippines, from 19-22 October 2008,

with a focus on gender in climate change and disaster risk reduction.

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Secretary-General Urges Better Disaster Risk Reduction to Adapt to Climate Change [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

29 September 2008: Addressing the Ministerial Meeting on

Reducing Disaster risks in a Changing Climate, which took place in New York,

US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged enhanced efforts to reduce the

fall-out from natural disasters, noting that climate change leads to harsher

weather extremes.

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UNDESA Policy Brief Highlights Role for a Global Disaster Mechanism [viewed]

September 2008: The UN Department of Economic and Social

Affairs has prepared a policy brief on “An integrated approach needed for the

growing threat of climate-related insecurity.”

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Global Leadership to Tackle Current Crises [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a high-level General Assembly meeting on the development needs of Africa: State of Implementation of Various Commitments, Challenges and the Way Forward. 23 September 2008: In his speech to the opening of the

General Debate of the 63rd session of the UN General Assembly, UN Secretary-General

Ban Ki-moon recalled that the global food, energy and financial crises, as well

as the challenge of climate change, demand global solutions.

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UNGA President Stresses the Need for Solidarity [viewed]

Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, President of the 63rd session of the General Assembly 23 September 2008: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Miguel D'Escoto, opened its annual High-Level debate by stating that the confluence of global interrelated crises, including climate change, high food prices, disasters and financial troubles, highlight the need to overturn the culture of selfishness and shift towards solidarity.

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UN/ISDR: International Day for Disaster Reduction to Focus on Making Hospitals Safe from Disasters [viewed]

 International Day for Disaster Reduction September 2008: The 2008 International Day for Disaster

Reduction, celebrated on 8 October, will focus on making hospitals and health

facilities safe from disaster. The Day will be part of the UN International

Strategy for Disaster Reduction's (UN/ISDR) new World Disaster Reduction

Campaign 2008-2009: Hospitals Safe from Disasters.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Global Solution to Climate Change Crisis [viewed]

15 September 2008: Noting that media interest in climate

change issues has been fading since the release of the Intergovernmental Panel

on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report in November 2008, UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the importance of cooperation among

all sectors of society to tackle this challenge.

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UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Presents Report on Human Rights Framework for Food Security [viewed]

Skyrocketing prices continue to threaten the right to food, UN expert Olivier De Schutter, the Special Rapporteur on the right to food says 10 September 2008: Presenting his latest report to the Human

Rights Council in Geneva, Olivier De Schutter, the Special Rapporteur on the

Right to Food, said rising food prices continue to jeopardize the right to

food, stressing that “any potential solution to the problem must be viewed

through the lens of human rights.”

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UNEP Executive Director Says Weather Events Underscore Need to “Climate-Proof” Vulnerable Economies [viewed]

Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) 2 September 2008: Reacting to Hurricane Gustav and recent

flooding in India, Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive

Director and UN Under-Secretary-General, released a statement underscoring the

human and economic costs caused by weather events linked to climate change.

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