Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UNGA Member States Highlight Vulnerability and Special Needs of LDCs and SIDS [viewed]

26 September 2009: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) annual high-level debate heard several leaders of small island developing States (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs) focusing on climate change.

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WFP Initiative Targets Women Vulnerable to Climate Change [viewed]

Looding forces Samya Begum has to abandon her home every year - © WFP/Natasha Scripture21 September 2009: Vulnerable Group Development is a joint programme between the World Food Programme (WFP), the Government of Bangladesh and local NGOs, which provides monthly rations of flour and “life-skills” training to vulnerable women primarily in disaster-prone areas.

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WMO and ITU Hold Joint Seminar on Monitoring and Prediction of Weather, Water and Climate [viewed]

© WMO - ITU18 September 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) held their first joint seminar on “Use of Radio Spectrum for Meteorology: Weather, Water and Climate Monitoring and Prediction.” The seminar was held at WMO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from 16-18 September 2009.

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UNGA Second Committee to Address Climate Protection [viewed]

© UN17 September 2009: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly has decided to discuss the protection of global climate for present and future generations.

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UN OCHA Reports on Impacts of Climate-Related Floods Across West Africa [viewed]

© UN8 September 2009: The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has reported that the number of victims affected by the floods across West Africa has now increased to 600,000.

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UNEP Develops Discussion Paper on Negotiating Adaptation [viewed]

© UNEP July 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a discussion paper entitled “Negotiating Adaptation: International Issues of Equity and Finance.”

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UN/ISDR Says Landslide Impacts Can be Reduced [viewed]

© UN/ISDR 12 August 2009: According to the UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN/ISDR), the frequency of landslides is expected to increase as climate change exacerbates the intensity of rainfall, but their impact can be reduced.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Opening of UN/ISDR Office and Education and Training Institute [viewed]

© UN11 August 2009: Speaking in Incheon, Republic of Korea, at the opening of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) office and the UN/ISDR Education and Training Institute for Urban Risk Reduction, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that “climate risk is adding a new dimension to disaster risk” and that rapid urban growth is increasing vulnerability.

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Pacific Islands Forum Concludes with Call to Action on Climate Change [viewed]

© Pacific Islands Forum 6 August 2009: The 40th Pacific Islands Forum convened in Cairns, Australia, from 5-6 August 2009, and concluded with a call by Pacific leaders to action on climate change.

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IDB Organizes Regional Policy Dialogue on National and Sectoral Strategies and Programmes for Climate Change [viewed]

© IDB5 August 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) organized a meeting of the network on Sustainable Energy, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management to discuss national and sectoral climate change strategies.

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