Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN/ISDR Pilots Resilience Local Government Self-Assessment Tool [viewed]

14 December 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that, together with the ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, it has piloted the Local Government Self-Assessment Tool (LG-SAT), designed to assist disaster reduction efforts by cities and local governments that have signed up to the global "Making Cities Resilient" Campaign.

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UN Secretary-General Takes Stock of 2011 [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General14 December 2011: At a year-end press conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that 2011 delivered warnings about our common future, highlighting the disaster at Fukushima and record floods in Pakistan, Thailand, Colombia and El Salvador, which he qualified as "a vivid reminder of the increasing incidence of extreme weather."

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UNEP Executive Director Releases Op-Ed on Access to Data [viewed]

12 December 2011: Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, wrote an op-ed during the Eye on Earth Summit that seeks to strengthen existing efforts and inspire undertakings to find a solution to issues that prohibit universal data access. 

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Event: Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

The aim of the Fourth Session is to continue the momentum into a durable and sustained effort from all actors (governments, NGOs and civil society, international agencies and organizations, academic and technical institutions, and the private sector) to take shared responsibility in reducing risks and reinforcing resilience in our communities. Sunday, 19 May, will be reserved for a preparation day. Monday, 20 May, will be a day for innovative dialogue. The official agenda will be from 21-23 May. The Session will include an event focused on small island developing States (SIDS), addressing partnerships toward DRR for SIDS.  

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UNEP Launches iPhone App on Ecosystems and Climate Change [viewed]

13 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched an iPhone application intended to draw attention to the critical role played by ecosystems in tackling climate change. The Blue and REDD Carbon iPhone application was launched at the Eye on Earth Summit, which is convening in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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WMO, Norway Sign Agreement on Climate Services in Africa [viewed]

WMO9 December 2011: The Government of Norway has signed a grant agreement with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to strengthen climate services in Africa. The signing ceremony was held on the sidelines of the Durban Climate Change Conference.

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WFP and Italian Energy Company Launch Alternative Energy Partnership [viewed]

7 December 2011: A €8 million partnership between the World Food Programme (WFP) and Italian energy company Enel has been launched to address climate change and food security through the use of green stoves and solar panels.

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Adaptation Roundtable Highlights Need to Translate Science into Practical Action [viewed]

7 December 2011: Speaking at the "High-level Dialogue and Adaptation Roundtable: Global Sustainability in a Changing Climate," Margareta Wahlström, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Reduction and Head of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), stressed the need to “translate the best science on climate change into practical action."

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UNEP Releases Report on Women at the Frontline of Climate Change [viewed]

6 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) GRID Arendal has released a report titled “Women at the Frontline of Climate Change: Gender Risks and Hopes.” Released on the sidelines of the Durban Climate Change Conference, the report states that investing in low carbon, green technologies can strengthen climate change adaptation and improve women's livelihoods.

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UN/ISDR Releases Brief on Building Resilience in Africa [viewed]

December 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released a policy brief titled “Effective measures to build resilience in Africa to adapt to climate change.” The brief, issued during the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, builds on information provided by countries in progress reports on the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action.

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