Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN Secretary-General Outlines Priorities for 2015 [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw8 January 2015: In an informal briefing to UN Member States, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated his priorities for 2015, and discussed UN efforts in the areas of development, peace and security, and human rights. He also highlighted four main moments for action in 2015, as well as needs within the UN's development system.

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Event: South Asian Conference on Climate Change: Risks and Actions [viewed]

This conference, organized by the Water Resource Engineering Department of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Pakistan, together with the Research and Development Foundation (RDF) of Pakistan, will seek to: provide a forum for sharing lessons and strengthening the participation of civil society and the public sector in climate change-related activities; strengthen collaboration among stakeholders on the issue of climate change and its impacts; and create linkages among organizations at various levels working on climate change.  

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Event: Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe 2015 [viewed]

The second Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe conference, taking place from 4-5 March 2015, in The Hague, the Netherlands, will focus on securing Europe's critical infrastructure. The event is aimed at stakeholders from industry, operators, agencies and governments. The conference will feature a presentation on the European Commission's Copernicus Project, which is developing an autonomous, multi-level operational Earth observation capacity.  

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Event: Disaster Risk Reduction in a Changing Climate: Lessons Learned about Lessons Learned [viewed]

This Disaster Risk Reduction Expert Forum, organized by the Consortium for Capacity Building of the University of Colorado Boulder, US, will convene to examine 'lessons learned about lessons learned' about hydro-meteorological disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation, focusing on usability of the lessons identified from scientific and societal findings relating to DRR and a changing climate.  

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Event: International Disaster Conference and Expo [viewed]

The International Disaster Conference and Expo 2015, organized by the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), together with the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), will focus on issues relating to disaster preparation, response, recovery and mitigation on a global scale, in particular emergency management, homeland security, first response and loss mitigation, among others. The conference aims to create opportunities for public and private sector engagement, and discussions relating to policy, lessons learned, best practices and forward thinking.  

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Event: 2015 Dialogue Forums: Climate, Poverty, Catastrophes – Save the World! [viewed]

The Munich Re Foundation's 2015 Dialogue Forums, organized once a month from January through May 2015, will focus on the topics of: the role of global treaties; climate change and the Paris Climate Change Conference; preparedness for floods, droughts and storms; progress in global poverty eradication; and political and civil involvement of individuals. The events will be held in German.  

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UNU Resilience Academy Findings Published [viewed]

UNU-EHS18 December 2014: A human livelihood perspective should be better integrated into resilience work and adaptation strategies, according to a paper published by Nature Climate Change. The paper was developed by 25 senior experts and young researchers collaborating through the UN University's (UNU) 2013-2014 Resilience Academy.

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GRID-Arendal Highlights Blue Forests Project Launch [viewed]

GRID ARENDALDecember 2014: GRID-Arendal's interim marine newsletter highlights the launch of the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Blue Forests Project, which will explore how to harness the value of carbon and other coastal ecosystem services to improve ecosystem management.

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Event: Central Asia and South Caucasus Regional Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

Organized by the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Kyrgyzstan, the UN Development Programme - Kyrgyzstan (UNDP Kyrgyzstan) and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Sub-Regional Office for Central Asia (UNISDR CA), and hosted by the Government of Kyrgysztan, this meeting of Ministers of Disaster Management and Emergency Situations of the Central Asian and South Caucasus countries will discuss and agree on a regional statement on cooperation and coordination in the implementation of the post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), to be adopted at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), to be held from 14-18 March 2015, in Sendai, Japan. The meeting follows a series of consultations held in the region since 2013.  

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Event: International Recovery Forum 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 International Recovery Forum will be organized under the theme 'Commemorating Two Decades of Lessons from the 1995 Kobe Earthquake and its Critical Importance to the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction,' coinciding with a series of commemorative events on disaster risk reduction (DRR) planned in Kobe, Japan, for the month of January 2015. The Forum is being organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Asian Disaster Reduction Centre (ADRC), Japan's Cabinet Office, the Hyogo Prefectural Government (HPG) and the International Recovery Platform (IRP). The Forum outcomes are expected to provide inputs for the discussions on DRR at the forthcoming World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, taking place from 14-18 March 2015 in Sendai, Japan.  

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