Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN-HABITAT Launches “Urban Planning for City Leaders” Guide [viewed]

20 September 2012: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has launched a guide titled “Urban Planning for City Leaders” at an inaugural conference with the same name, held in London, UK. The guide aims to support urban planning good practice among local decision makers and leaders in developing and emerging economies.

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UNGA 66 Concludes with Decisions on Africa, Indigenous Conference, SDG Working Group [viewed]

17 September 2012: Concluding the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), outgoing President Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser recalled the Assembly's focus on disaster prevention and response, including local resilience and risk mitigation, and on sustainable development and global prosperity. Also during the plenary meeting, the Assembly took decisions on Africa, the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, and the distribution of seats in the open working group on sustainable development (OWG).

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SICA, Mexico Launch Forum on Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

August 2012: Central American nations and Mexico launched a new Forum for the Comprehensive Management of Disaster Risk to promote disaster risk awareness in Central America and share the experiences of Mexico in the development and implementation of financial instruments for the prevention and management of natural disasters and disaster risk transfer schemes.

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UNISDR Releases Report on Integrating DRR and Climate Change in Pacific [viewed]

September 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UNISDR) has released a study on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CAA) in the Pacific, titled “Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the Pacific: an institutional and policy analysis.” The study analyzes the level of integration of DRR and CCA activities across the region.

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UNISDR, UNDP Host DRR Training for Lebanese Local Authorities [viewed]

13 September 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), together with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the Lebanese Prime Minister's office convened a training of trainers on the role of government in disaster risk reduction (DRR). 

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UNU–EHS Joins ANDROID Network to Improve Disaster Preparedness in Cities [viewed]

4 September 2012: The UN University (UNU) Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU–EHS) has joined the Academic Network for Disaster Resilience to Optimize Educational Development (ANDROID). This network aims to improve disaster preparedness in cities worldwide by promoting cooperation and innovation among the European higher education community.

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International Disaster and Risk Conference Focuses on Integrative Risk Management [viewed]

31 August 2012: The International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) 2012 convened in Davos, Switzerland, from 26-30 August 2012, under the theme of “Integrative Risk Management in a Changing World - Pathways to a Resilient Society.” The conference aimed to discuss new findings and exchange experiences about the broad spectrum of risks societies currently face.

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FAO, IFAD and WFP Call for Action to Avert Global Food Crisis [viewed]

4 September 2012: In response to increases in maize, wheat and soybean prices similar in magnitude to those seen during the 2007-2008 world food crisis, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have issued a joint statement calling for urgent action to avert global price shocks. 

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UNISDR Releases 2012 Making Cities Resilient Report [viewed]

4 September 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has released the “Making Cities Resilient Report 2012,” which aims to provide a global snapshot of how local governments reduce disaster risk. The report was released at the World Urban Forum, which is convening in Naples, Italy, from 2-6 September 2012.

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Guest Article #83: Climate Change and Wetlands: Implications for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands [viewed]

Following intensive deliberations in Bucharest, Romania, in July 2012, the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands adopted Resolution XI.14 on Climate Change and Wetlands, acknowledging the significance of climate change for the ecosystem services that wetlands can deliver to human societies. This is the third Ramsar Resolution that affirms the potential implications of climate change for the conservation and wise use of wetlands, and it reiterates the commitment of Contracting Parties to addressing all issues affecting the maintenance and wise use of the values that wetlands provide to people.

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