Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

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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UNFPA Holds Workshop on Population Dynamics and Climate Change [viewed]

© UNFPA26 June 2009: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), in collaboration with the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), held a workshop from 24-25 June 2009, in London, UK, on population dynamics and climate change.

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UNDP and Partners Launch Report on Climate Index Insurance [viewed]

© UNDP24 June 2009: During the Global Humanitarian Forum held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 23-24 June 2009, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society of the Columbia University, in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Food Programme (WFP) and others, launched the second issue of Climate and Society, titled “Index insurance and climate risk: prospects for development and disaster management.”

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ILO and World Bank Reinforce Collaboration on Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery [viewed]

18 June 2009: On the margins of the Second Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 16-19 June 2009, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Bank signed a joint statement to reinforce their collaboration to address the consequences of natural hazards and rebuild livelihoods in the aftermath of disasters.

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UN/ISDR Global Platform Sets Specific Targets for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

© ENB19 June 2009: The second session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction convened from 16-19 June 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland, and concluded with a call to halve disaster-related deaths by 2015.

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UN Secretary-General Highlights Disaster Risk Reduction as an Investment in Climate Change Defense [viewed]

© UN16 June 2009: In a video message to the second session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 16-19 June 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted that risk reduction is an investment and a first line of defense in adapting to climate change that will pay dividends.

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UN/ISDR Presents Reports on Disaster Risk and Climate Change [viewed]

© UN12 June 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) presented two reports on risk reduction, adaptation and insurance within the context of climate change, at a side event held during the climate change talks in Bonn, Germany.

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Joint ACP-EC Council of Ministers Adopts Declaration on Climate Change and Development [viewed]

29 May 2009: Representatives of the States of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group and the European Community (EC) and its member States met in Brussels, Belgium, from 28-29 May 2009, for the Joint ACP-EC Council of Ministers and adopted a joint declaration on climate change and development.

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