Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

WMO Addresses Improvements in the Accuracy of Short-Term High-Impact Weather Forecasts [viewed]

The Observing System Research and Predictability Experiment (THORPEX) 20 November 2008: The seventh session of the World

Meteorological Organization (WMO) Observing System Research and Predictability

Experiment (THORPEX) International Core Steering Committee convened at WMO

headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from 18-20 November 2008.

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WMO Expands Use of Commercial Aircraft to Collect Meteorological Data [viewed]

AMDAR

17 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization

(WMO) Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR) Panel convened from 17-21

November 2008, in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, to discuss ways to broaden its

global coverage.

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UNGA Second Committee Calls for Increased International Aid to Countries Affected by El Niño Phenomenon [viewed]

Sixty-third UN General Assembly 18 November 2008: The Second Committee (Economic and

Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), at its 63rd session, approved by

consensus a draft resolution calling on the international community to step up

assistance to countries affected by the El Niño phenomenon.

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UNEP Launches Green Star Awards [viewed]

Green Star Awards 17 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has

launched, with Green Cross International and the UN Office for the Coordination

of Humanitarian Affairs, the Green Star Awards.

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

 International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) 17 November 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has

appointed Margareta Wahlström (Sweden) as Assistant Secretary-General for

Disaster Risk Reduction and the Secretary-General's Special Representative for

the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action in the Secretariat for the

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).

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WFP, IFAD Contribute to Weather-Indexed Insurance Schemes for Developing Country Farmers [viewed]

Flood ordeal for Palestinians stuck on Iraq-Syria border 17 November 2008: The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), supported by the

Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, are launching a programme to increase access

by farmers in developing countries to weather-indexed insurance schemes.

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ITU High-Level Meeting Discusses Emerging Trends, Including Climate Change [viewed]

ITU Council 2008 14 November 2008: The 63rd Session of the International

Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council opened with a High-Level Segment on

emerging trends in the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector,

including climate change and cybersecurity.

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ITU to Hold High-Level Events on ICTs and Climate Change [viewed]

High-Level Segment (HLS)

4 November 2008: The International Telecommunication Union's

(ITU) High-Level Segment of the Council (HLS) will take place from 12-13

November 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, and will focus on information and

communication technologies (ICTs) and climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Highlights Bangladesh's Efforts in Disaster Risk Prevention [viewed]

2 November 2008: In a press conference given in Dhaka,

Bangladesh, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that the financial crisis

should not “impede our efforts to fight climate change.” He described the

possible impacts of global warming on Bangladeshis, and noted the country's

efforts in disaster prevention and preparedness.

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UNGA Second Committee Considers Human Settlements and Climate Change [viewed]

UN-HABITAT Chief, in Second Committee, cites ‘Rapid and Chaotic' Urbanization, Shortage of Affordable Housing as Causes of Global Financial Crisis 28 October 2008: The Second Committee on Economic and Financial issues, of the 63rd UN General Assembly (UNGA), considered the report of the Secretary-General on the Implementation of the Outcome of the UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) and strengthening of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) (document A/63/291).

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