Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

WMO Fourth International Workshop on Monsoons Opens in Beijing [viewed]

World Weather Research Programme (WWRP)

20 October 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Fourth International Workshop on Monsoons is taking place from 20–25 October

2008, in Beijing, China. The workshop is part of the WMO major quadrennial

symposia and workshops series under the World Weather Research Programme

(WWRP).

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UN Secretary-General Urges Closer Relations Between UN and Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies [viewed]

United Nations 20 October 2008: In a message to the International

Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' seventh Pan African

Conference, taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 19-22 October

2008, Cheick Sidi Diarra, the Secretary-General's High Representative for the

Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island

Developing States, on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, called for

strengthening the relationship between the UN and the International Federation.

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UN Fourth Committee Underscores the Value of Shared Space Technologies as a Disaster Management Tool [viewed]

15 October 2008: The UN Fourth Committee (Special Political

and Decolonization) concluded its general debate on international cooperation

in the peaceful uses of outer space with a broad agreement on the value of

shared space technologies as a tool for sustainable development and disaster

management.

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FAO, IFAD and World Bank Release Sourcebook on Gender in Agriculture [viewed]

Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook15 October 2008: The newly released Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook investigates the situation of women in the rural workforce and how some of the challenges they face can be overcome. Developed in cooperation between the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank, the sourcebook is intended to be used both as a reference and as a tool book for agricultural development. It also addresses cross-cutting issues, including gender dimensions of climate change and bioenergy.

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UN Fourth Committee: Space Technologies Indispensable to Tackle Challenges of Climate Change [viewed]

14 October 2008: During the debate on international

cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space by the Fourth Committee (Special

Political and Decolonization) of the 63rd General Assembly, Ciro Arévalo Yepes,

Chairman of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, underscored the

role space technology could play in addressing climate change, food security

and health.

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UN/ISDR Releases Proposal to UNFCCC for Follow-Up on Bali Action Plan [viewed]

UN/ISDR Releases Proposal to UNFCCC for Follow-Up on Bali Action Plan October 2008: The UN International Strategy for Disaster

Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released its proposal in response to the Bali Action

Plan's call for enhanced action on adaptation through consideration of disaster

risk reduction strategies, risk management and risk transfer mechanisms.

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WMO Organizes European Meeting on Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

European countries seek to reduce disasters through closer interaction between hydrometeorological services and disaster risk management 9 October 2008: European countries met from 9-10 October

2008, in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, to discuss practical ways to reduce the

impacts of natural hazards through strengthened collaboration among the World

Meteorological Organization's (WMO) National Meteorological and Hydrological

Services and disaster risk management institutions.

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UNU Hosts Environmental Refugee Conference [viewed]

UN premises at Langer Eugen Bonn 9 October 2008: The UN University (UNU) is hosting the

International Conference on Environment, Forced Migration and Social

Vulnerability, which is taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 9-11 October 2008.

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), UN Environment Programme

(UNEP), and International Organization for Migration (IOM) are among the

Conference's organizing partners. Participants have been asked to capture the

current state of research and debate on the issue, and to conclude with

recommendations for moving forward.

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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stresses that Climate Change Increases Frequency of Disasters [viewed]

John Holmes, Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator

7 October 2008: On the eve of International Day for Disaster

Reduction, during a news conference in New York, US, UN Under-Secretary-General

for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes

underlined the cost-effectiveness of reinforcing hospitals to make them safe

from disasters. He explained that the Day aims to raise awareness of the

inter-connection between disaster reduction and climate change prevention,

mitigation and preparedness.

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UN Secretary-General: Climate Change Increases Urgency to Implement Hyogo Framework [viewed]

Ban Ki-Moon. The Secretary-General of United Nations Message on the International Day for Disaster Reduction 8 October 2008: On the occasion of the International Day for

Disaster Reduction, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the greater

incidence of disasters in 2008 and called for increased action to “turn

commitments on paper into deeds” and implement the 2005 Hyogo Framework for

Action.

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