Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Preventive Measures and Disaster Preparedness Will Lead to Economic Growth [viewed]

9 August 2008: In an opinion piece, published in the Hindu,

Vinod Thomas, Director General of the World Bank's Independent Evaluation

Group, underscores the increased frequency of natural disasters, their effect

on development, and the need for policy makers to recognize this growing threat

on economies.

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UN/ISDR Secretariat and Norway Propose an IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risk of Extreme Events [viewed]

August 2008: In preparation for the 29th Session of

the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scheduled to take place

from 31 August-4 September 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, the Secretariat of the

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) System and the

Government of Norway have submitted a proposal for an IPCC Special Report on

Managing the Risk of Extreme Events to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.

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UN/ISDR: Towards National Resilience: Good Practices of National Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

Towards National Resilience - Good practices of National Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction July 2008: This publication, released by Secretariat of the

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

for comprehensive multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral national coordinating

mechanisms to reduce, prevent and manage the impacts of natural hazards, as

expressed in, inter alia, the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA) which

emphasized the importance of setting up National Platforms for disaster risk

reduction (DRR).

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WB-UN/ISDR: A Tool for Improving Climate Resilience of Cities [viewed]

Climate Resilient Cities - A Primer on Reducing Vulnerabilities to Climate Change Impacts and Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in East Asian Cities. Photo credit, World Bank 6 August 2008: The World Bank, the UN International Strategy

for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction

and Recovery (GFDRR) have released an interactive report entitled ‘Climate

Resilient Cities,' which provides cities and their governments with guidelines

to reduce their vulnerability to climate change and strengthen disaster risk

management.

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Humanitarian Agencies should Engage in UN Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

Opinion Brief - Why humanitarian agencies should get engaged in the UN climate change negotiations August 2008: An opinion brief authored by Madeleen Helmer,

Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, Sarah La Trobe, Tearfund, and Silvia

Llosa, UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat, notes that

the humanitarian community has not engaged in climate debates, particularly

since attention focused on addressing the causes of climate change.

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UN-Spider Workshop on Disaster Management and Space Technology [viewed]

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) July 2008:

This Workshop will be held around the theme “Disaster Management and Space Technology

- Bridging the Gap,” and will be held in Bonn,

Germany, from 13-15 October 2008.

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UN-Spider Pacific Regional Workshop on Disaster Management and Emergency Response [viewed]

July

2008: The UN Office for Outer

Space Affairs is organizing a workshop on the theme ‘Building Upon Regional Space-based

Solutions for Disaster Management and Emergency Response for the Pacific

Region' to be held in Suva, Fiji, from 16-19 September 2008.

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FAO Provides Data on Crop Prospects, the Food Situation and Countries in Crisis Needing External Assistance [viewed]

Crop Prospects and Food Situation July 2008: Through its Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provides regularly updated information on

the current situation of global agriculture and food security.

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ECOSOC Concludes General Segment [viewed]

Consensus Reached on 2007 Ministerial Declaration Resolution 24 July 2008: The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concluded the

work of its general segment, adopting 15 resolutions and 8 decisions, including

on strengthening the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance.

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ASEAN Ministers Agree to Focus on Climate Change, Energy and Food Security [viewed]

 Joint Communique of the 41st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting 21 July: In a Joint Communiqué adopted during the forty-first Association

of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting, which took place from

20-21 July 2008, in Singapore, Ministers addressed the issues of climate

change, the food and energy crises, and disaster relief.

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