Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

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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SEED 2008 Award Winners Announced [viewed]

SEED announces its 2008 Award Winners 21 August 2008: The Supporting Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development (SEED) Initiative has announced the winners of its 2008 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development. The SEED Initiative is a global network for action on sustainable development partnerships, founded by IUCN, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), to deliver progress toward the internationally-agreed goals in the UN's Millennium Declaration and the commitments made at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002.

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OCHA Commissioned Report on Humanitarian Implications of Climate Change Released [viewed]

Humanitarian Implications of Climate Change 22 August 2008: A report commissioned by the UN Office for

the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and CARE International finds

that climate change greatly complicates, and could undermine, efforts to manage

the challenges presented by droughts, floods and cyclones. The study identifies

the most likely humanitarian implications of climate change for the next 20-30

year period.

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Preventive Measures and Disaster Preparedness Will Lead to Economic Growth [viewed]

9 August 2008: In an opinion piece, published in the Hindu,

Vinod Thomas, Director General of the World Bank's Independent Evaluation

Group, underscores the increased frequency of natural disasters, their effect

on development, and the need for policy makers to recognize this growing threat

on economies.

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UN/ISDR Secretariat and Norway Propose an IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risk of Extreme Events [viewed]

August 2008: In preparation for the 29th Session of

the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scheduled to take place

from 31 August-4 September 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, the Secretariat of the

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) System and the

Government of Norway have submitted a proposal for an IPCC Special Report on

Managing the Risk of Extreme Events to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.

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UN/ISDR: Towards National Resilience: Good Practices of National Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

Towards National Resilience - Good practices of National Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction July 2008: This publication, released by Secretariat of the

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), responds to the need

for comprehensive multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral national coordinating

mechanisms to reduce, prevent and manage the impacts of natural hazards, as

expressed in, inter alia, the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA) which

emphasized the importance of setting up National Platforms for disaster risk

reduction (DRR).

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WB-UN/ISDR: A Tool for Improving Climate Resilience of Cities [viewed]

Climate Resilient Cities - A Primer on Reducing Vulnerabilities to Climate Change Impacts and Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in East Asian Cities. Photo credit, World Bank 6 August 2008: The World Bank, the UN International Strategy

for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction

and Recovery (GFDRR) have released an interactive report entitled ‘Climate

Resilient Cities,' which provides cities and their governments with guidelines

to reduce their vulnerability to climate change and strengthen disaster risk

management.

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