Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

ECLAC Report Examines Climate Change Impacts on Latin America and Caribbean Coasts [viewed]

December 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has published a report that examines current and future trends in climate variability and their likely impacts on the region's extensive coastline.

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Event: Disaster Risk Reduction: A Matter of Good Governance [viewed]

The Organization of American States (OAS), as a co-sponsor of the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability, which will convene in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 1-3 June 2012, is conducting a series of "hemispheric dialogues" on sustainable development themes intended to generate recommendations on institutions and governance for sustainable development for both the Congress and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The seventh in the series, co-sponsored by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), will seek to generate recommendations on improving governance in risk management and emergency legislation. Future dialogues will address biodiversity, and improving the environmental performance of the private sector.  

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UNGA Adopts Climate Decisions [viewed]

22 December 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted all 42 draft resolutions and four draft decisions submitted to it by the Second Committee (Economic and Financial). On climate, the adopted texts address disaster reduction and “protection of global climate for present and future generations on humankind.”

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Event: Sixth International Conference on Community Based Adaptation [viewed]

The meeting is sponsored by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), International Institute for Environment and Development and the Disaster Management Center of the Government of Viet Nam. The meeting will include three-days of site visits, to see how others are implementing community based adaptation, and three days of interactive discussions.  

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Event: Resilient Cities 2012: 3rd Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation [viewed]

Resilient Cities 2012: 3rd World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change will focus on the following themes: urban risk and the issue of urban infrastructure as a key element in building resilient cities; resilient integrated urban design - how to optimally relate the water, food security and biodiversity sectors to build a resilient city; resilient urban renewable energy - how to ensure a clear link between the local renewables agenda and energy security and safety of urban areas; resilient urban logistics - a showcase of successful examples in ecomobility (moving people) and ecologistics (moving goods); and financing the resilient city - how climate financing for adaptation can be mobilized, leveraged and innovated for the local level. Resilient Cities 2012 will also host a session on global sustainable infrastructure finance in partnership with Global Energy Basel. Joan Clos, UN-HABITAT's Executive Director, is the patron of Resilient Cities 2011 and 2012.  

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Secretary-General Ban Starts Second Term, Calls for Partnerships [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General3 January 2012: Marking the start of his second term as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon gave an interview with the UN News Centre and UN Radio in which he highlighted the power of partnerships to respond to climate change, poverty and other challenges.

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Bangkok Floods a Sign of a Things to Come, UN/ISDR Reports [viewed]

3 January 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has stated that the recent flooding in Bangkok, Thailand, may be a sign of things to come “amid a changing climate.” Drawing on information from the World Bank, UN/ISDR stated that the economic loss caused by the flooding is estimated to be in excess of US$45 billion.

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World Bank Supports Central America in Disaster Risk Prevention and Management [viewed]

World Bank15 December 2011: The World Bank and the Center for Coordination and Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CEPREDENAC) have signed two cooperation agreements for more than US$1 million to support the implementation of the Central American Policy for Integral Disaster Risk Management (PCGIR). 

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Assessing 66th Session, UNGA President Highlights Disaster Readiness, Sustainable Development [viewed]

31 December 2011: Closing the main part of the 66th UN General Assembly (UNGA), President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser outlined significant developments during his tenure. At a press conference on 22 December, he described the preceding three months as “among the most exciting of my two-decade experience of diplomatic service." He highlighted upcoming events and called for support for the Assembly's work in 2012, which will include disaster readiness and sustainable development.

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Philippines Disaster Reduction Champion Announces Awareness Raising Workshops [viewed]

29 December 2011: The UN International Strategy or Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation in the Asia Pacific, Loren Legarda, has urged governments to be proactive in this “era of climate change,” and to not rely on post-disaster relief and rehabilitation alone.

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