Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

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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UNEP Auctions “Paint for the Planet” Paintings, Releases Children's Survey Results [viewed]

Children take to the canvas to advocate for climate change in UN campaign 26 October 2008: The UN kicked off its “UNite to Combat

Climate Change” campaign on 23 October 2008, with the “Paint for the Planet”

art exhibition. The exhibition was followed on 25 October 2008 by an auction

that raised US$21,000, which will be donated to children affected by

climate-related disasters.

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UNDP, UNEP and WFP Make Submissions on Adaption [viewed]

21 October 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN

Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have submitted

reports on progress in the implementation of Article 4, paragraphs 8 and 9, of

the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and of decision 1/CP.10

to the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation, which will hold its 29th

session in Poznan, Poland, from 1-10 December 2008.

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Caribbean States' Vulnerability to Climate Change Stressed at UN Press Conference [viewed]

Association of Caribbean States 23 October 2008: At a press conference at UN Headquarters in

New York, US, representatives of the Association of Caribbean States said

countries of the Caribbean region were headed for “hard and difficult times”

unless they took action on climate change, with the cooperation and support of

the international community.

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UN Agencies Organize Congress on Women in Politics Focusing on Climate Change and DRR [viewed]

23 October 2008: The Third Congress on Women in Politics and

Governance: Focus on Gender, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

took place from 19-22 October 2008, in Manila, Philippines. The event was

organized by the Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics in partnership with

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

Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), among

other organizations.

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