Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

ILO Calls for Meso and Macro-Level Climate Change Insurance [viewed]

ILO2 August 2012: The Microfinance Innovation Facility of the International Labour Organization (ILO) underscores that larger insurance schemes are more likely to be effective in covering impoverished people against weather-related disasters and the impacts of climate change.

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World Bank Outlines DRR Plans in Viet Nam [viewed]

World Bank2 August 2012: The World Bank has reported on projects implemented in Viet Nam since 2006 to promote disaster risk reduction (DRR), with partners including the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and AusAID.

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UNEP GEAS Releases Review of Early Warning Systems [viewed]

UNEP1 August 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS) has released a report on early warning systems, introducing the basic concepts of early warning systems, reviewing existing early warning and monitoring systems, and looking at current gaps and needs for early warning systems.

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IOC-UNESCO Calls for Proposals on Sea-Level Stations in the Caribbean [viewed]

UNESCO IOC1 August 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has issued a call for proposals regarding the acquisition, installation and maintenance/leveling visits of tide gauge equipment over a one-year period in the Caribbean. The call is issued as part of the IOC-UNESCO's mandate to coordinate implementation of the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean Sea and Adjacent Regions (CARIBE EWS).

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UNU-EHS Meeting Focuses on Risk Reduction and Climate Adaptation in Coastal Zones [viewed]

30 July 2012: The ninth meeting of the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) Expert Working Group on Measuring Vulnerability focused on the theme “Development pathways for urban and rural coastal zones.” Participants from France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, the US, the UK and Viet Nam addressed climate change adaptation and risk reduction in coastal zones.

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Germanwatch Launches Website on Loss and Damage [viewed]

19 July 2012: Germanwatch has launched a website addressing key issues on loss and damage, as part of the "Loss and Damage in Vulnerable Countries Initiative," a project run by a consortium and supported by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN). The initiative aims at supporting least developed countries (LDCs) in raising their voice to call for action on addressing loss and damage caused by climate change.

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UNFCCC Holds Expert Meeting on Loss and Damage in LAC [viewed]

UNFCCC27 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat organized a regional expert meeting to discuss the full range of approaches and tools to address the risks of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change and the relative cost-effectiveness of these. The meeting focused on the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, and included discussion of impacts related to extreme weather events and slow onset events.

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Guest Article #81: Adaptation Strategies Should Factor in Migration [viewed]

Today there are more people on the move than ever before: one in every seven persons is an international or internal migrant, and almost every country is simultaneously a country of origin, transit or destination. The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) acknowledged migrants' contributions to sustainable development and made reference to migrants' rights. However, Rio+20 failed to further connect the dots between migration, development and adaptation to climate change.

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UNISDR, World Cities Scientific Development Alliance Launch Urban Resilience Award [viewed]

26 July 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the World Cities Scientific Development Alliance have announced the launch of the Resilient Cities Award. The award aims to recognize excellence in land use planning, design and development activities that protect communities from the impacts of natural hazards and reduce disaster risk.

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UNDP Administrator Calls for Accelerated Sustainable Human Development in Africa [viewed]

23 July 2012: In a speech delivered at the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Africa Conference in Dakar, Senegal, Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator, stressed the need for Africa's economic performance to translate into higher human development for all, particularly the poor, women and youth.

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