Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Pacific Moves Towards Integrated DRR and Climate Change Strategy [viewed]

2 August 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) announced the launch of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR11), titled "Revealing Risk, Redefining Development."

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ADB Report Warns Against Climate Change Impacts on Health [viewed]

July 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report titled "Accounting for Health Impacts of Climate Change." The report highlights that Asia and the Pacific host the greatest number of people vulnerable to the projected adverse impacts of climate change, which will challenge the public health community at the global, national, and local levels with the appearance of new diseases and the proliferation of existing ones.

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Workshop Builds UN Country Team Capacity in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

29 July 2011: The UN Development Group (UNDG) Task Team on Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change and Rio+20, in collaboration with several partners, held an Asia-Pacific regional workshop to advance work on integrating and mainstreaming climate change adaptation, environmental sustainability and disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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Fourth Mekong-Japan Meeting Addresses Climate Change Cooperation [viewed]

21 July 2011: The Fourth Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers' Meeting was held in Bali, Indonesia, on 21 July 2011, back-to-back with the 44th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting. The meetings addressed, inter alia, environmental and climate change-related issues.

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Event: International Symposium on Drought and National Drought Policies [viewed]

This symposium is organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). It will build on the WMO meeting on national drought policies held at George Mason University, Fairfax, US, from 14-15 July 2011, which outlined steps for countries to reduce drought risks and help coordinate the development of a "best-practices" compendium on developing drought policies. The collaboration between the WMO and UNCCD builds on recent partnerships, such as on the use of the Standard Precipitation Index as a universal drought index.  

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UN-CARICOM Meeting Identifies Regional Priorities [viewed]

29 July 2011: The sixth general meeting between the UN System and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and its Associated Institutions identified regional priorities across seven broad thematic areas for collaboration, including climate change, sustainable development and disaster management, and energy.

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UN/ISDR Reports on Parliamentarian DRR Initiatives [viewed]

29 July 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released information indicating that Parliamentarians in Asia, Latin America and Africa are increasingly focused on disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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SPC Supports Development of Vanuatu's Climate Change Adaptation Strategy [viewed]

26 July 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has reported that the SPC-GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region Programme is providing support to the Government of Vanuatu in finalizing the country's first National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (NCCAS).

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UNHCR Marks 60th Anniversary of Refugee Convention [viewed]

28 July 2011: In his statement delivered on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres underlined that the causes of forced displacement are multiplying, noting that extreme poverty and the impact of climate change add to the traditional causes of displacement.

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ECOSOC Establishes Committee on Global Geospatial Information Management [viewed]

27 July 2011: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has agreed to establish a committee of experts on global geospatial information management to coordinate international dialogue on spatial data infrastructures and enhance cooperation in that field.

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