Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

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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UNEP Executive Director Calls for “Climate Proofing” Economies [viewed]

Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP 25 August 2008: Achim Steiner UN Under-Secretary General and

the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Executive Director, spoke on risk and

climate change at the International Disaster Risk Conference (IDRC), which

convened in Davos, Switzerland, from 25-29 August 2008.

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Nineteenth SPREP Meeting to Address the Implementation of the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change 2006-2015 [viewed]

Taking action on climate change in the Pacific - regional Action Plan to implement the Pacific Framework for Action on Climate Change 2006-2015 August 2008: The nineteenth South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Meeting of Officials, which will be held from 4-12 September 2008, in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, will consider

a number of climate related matters, including the Action Plan for the

implementation of the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change

2006-2015. Participants are also scheduled to examine a Plan for Action on the

Pacific Year of Climate Change 2009.

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UN/ISDR Publication: Gender Perspectives: Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction into Climate Change Adaptation, Good Practices and Lessons Learned [viewed]

Gender Perspectives: Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction into Climate Change Adaptation, Good Practices and Lessons Learned August 2008: This UN International Strategy for Disaster

Reduction (UN/ISDR) publication emphasizes the special vulnerability of women

to disaster risk, as well as their role in preparedness and response efforts.

Through a series of good practices from various parts of the world, the report

shows the linkages among women's experiences with natural resource management,

climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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