Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

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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Emergency Ministerial-Level Meeting on the Horn of Africa Discusses Response to Crisis [viewed]

25 July 2011: An emergency Ministerial-Level meeting on the drought crisis in the Horn of Africa, convened by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), concluded that efforts to build long-term resilience and safeguard the foundations of food security will require a focus on the humanitarian issues affecting the region, including conflict, preservation of humanitarian space, nutrition, disaster risk reduction (DRR), health and education services, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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Workshop Builds UN Country Team Capacity in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

25 July 2011: The UN Development Group (UNDG) Task Team on Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change and Rio+20, in collaboration with several partners, organized a workshop for the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region to build the capacity of UN Country Teams to address the linkages among environmental sustainability, climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR) in country programming to support national development processes, and to mainstream them into UN Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAF).

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UN/ISDR Reports on Viet Nam's Disaster Reduction Actions [viewed]

21 July 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has repoted that the Government of Viet Nam is working to enact a law on disaster risk prevention and reduction. The law is to define the role of the Government and ensure citizen's access to information on disaster risks.

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Human Rights Expert Reports on Maldives Mission [viewed]

21 July 2011: After returning from a mission to the Maldives, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs) for the UN Human Rights Council, Chaloka Beyani, stressed that the negative effects of climate change on peoples' rights such as the right to housing, and safe water and livelihoods are being felt across many islands.

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ECOSOC Humanitarian Segment Highlights Need for Increased Resilience [viewed]

21 July 2011: Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, opened the humanitarian segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) underlining that global challenges, such as climate change, the food and energy crises, migration and environmental degradation, "continue to increase people's vulnerability and humanitarian needs.”

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St. Kitts and Nevis to Join UNESCO IOC [viewed]

21 July 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that St. Kitts and Nevis intends to become a member of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

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UN Security Council Debates Security Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

20 July 2011: The UN Security Council held its second thematic debate on “Maintenance of international peace and security: the impact of climate change,” on 20 July 2011, in New York, US. Many delegates expressed concern that adverse effects of climate change could aggravate existing threats to international peace and security. While noting that the loss of territory in some States due to sea-level rise, particularly in small, low-lying island States, could have security implications, the Security Council could not agree that it had a role to play in this regard.

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