Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

ECOSOC Addresses Resource and Humanitarian Assistance Implications of Climate Change [viewed]

© COPYRIGHTFOTO23 July 2009: Speakers at the General Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), on 23 July 2009, noted that climate change presents an additional global challenge “for which extraordinary resources are needed,” and that the financial architecture dealing with climate change should be efficient, effective and equitable.

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WMO and WFP Sign MoU [viewed]

© WMO16 July 2009: On 8 July 2009, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which reflects shared concerns about climate change issues and the relation between climate and meteorological aspects on the one hand, and hunger, nutrition and food security on the other.

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IPCC Calls for Disaster Reduction Experts [viewed]

© IPCC13 July 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is seeking disaster reduction experts for lead author and review editor roles.

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ECOSOC High-Level Segment Adopts Ministerial Declaration [viewed]

9 July 2009: The High-Level Segment of the 2009 substantive session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which met from 6-9 July 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland, concluded its consideration of current global and national trends and their impact on social development, including health, and adopted a Ministerial Declaration that highlights current and emerging challenges that are inter-twined with public health issues, including climate change.

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ITU to Help Improve Emergency Communications for Disaster Preparedness and Response [viewed]

© ITU9 July 2009: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has reached an agreement with Qualcomm Incorporated to help improve emergency communications for disaster preparedness and response.

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UN/ISDR Urges G8 to Advance Action Points on Climate Change and Disaster Reduction [viewed]

© UN/ISDR7 July 2009: The UN International Strategy on Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) urged the G8 Summit convening in L'Aquila, Italy, from 8-10 July, to apply their “considerable influence, resources and political will” to advance five major action points on disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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WMO and UNDP to Strengthen Southeast Europe's Regional Capacity to Reduce Disaster Risk [viewed]

6 July 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have announced that they will work together to support southeast European countries to build up their national and regional capacities to collect and share meteorological data in order to develop better warning systems, in line with European Union (EU) standards.

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World Bank Publishes Report on Ecosystem-Based Approaches to Climate Change [viewed]

June 2009: The World Bank's Environment Department has published a report titled “Convenient Solutions to an Inconvenient Truth: Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change,” which sets out an argument for including ecosystem-based approaches to mitigation and adaptation as a third and essential pillar in national strategies to address climate change.

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UN/ISDR Releases May-June Newsletter [viewed]

© UN/ISDR1 July 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released the May-June 2009 issue of its newsletter ISDR-Highlights, which features an article on the launch of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction “Risk and Poverty in a Changing Climate.”

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UNCTAD Discusses African Food Security [viewed]

© UNCTAD30 June 2009: A panel on “African Food Security: Lessons from the Recent Global Food Crisis” was held on 30 June 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, during the UN Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD) Trade and Development Board Executive Session on Africa.

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