Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

FAO Adopts Immediate Plan of Action to Address Crucial Challenges [viewed]

The FAO Conference in session. 22 November 2008: The 35th Special Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Conference, which convened from 18-22 November 2008, in Rome, Italy, has adopted a three-year Immediate Plan of Action (IPA), which will implement an agenda for “reform with growth” as recommended by an independent external evaluation completed last year.

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WMO Issues El Niño/La Niña Update [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization

21 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released an update on the current situation and outlook of El Niño/La Niña.

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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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