Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Iranian Cities Join UNISDR's Resilient Cities Campaign [viewed]

5 July 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that ten Iranian cities, namely Fariman, Dargaz, Sabzevar, Kashmar, Chenaran, Torbat-e-Heidariyyel, Shandiz, Gonabad, Bajestan and Qouchan, have joined its Making Cities Resilient Campaign. The cities are all located in the disaster-prone province of Khorasan Razavi.

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EU-Central America Association Agreement Promotes Sustainable Development [viewed]

29 June 2012: The EU signed a comprehensive Association Agreement with six Central American countries, namely Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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OAS Endorses Inter‐American Plan for Disaster Prevention and Response [viewed]

OAS6 June 2012:  The Organization of American States' (OAS) General Assembly has endorsed the Inter‐American Plan for Disaster Prevention and Response and the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance. The Plan is a management tool for coordinating governments' efforts in dealing with disaster prevention, preparedness, response and mitigation.

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SICA Sends Declaration on Climate Change, Disasters to Rio+20 [viewed]

22 June 2012: The Central American Integration System (SICA) sent a "special communiqué" regarding climate change and natural disasters to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) held from 20-22 June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Disaster Reduction Conference Discusses Post-Hyogo Framework [viewed]

4 July 2012: The World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction, organized by the UN and the Government of Japan, concluded with a call for increased investment in disaster preparedness and recovery. Among other agenda items, conference participants discussed lessons learned from Japan on disaster preparedness, and renewing the disaster risk reduction (DRR) framework.

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World Cities Summit Encourages Climate-Friendly Urbanization in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

4 July 2012: Experts at the World Cities Summit discussed strategies to help the urban poor adapt to climate change and to encourage climate-friendly urbanization in Asia-Pacific cities.

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UNISDR Announces Five DRR Parliamentarian Champions [viewed]

3 July 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that five parliamentarians, from Bangladesh, Uganda, Cambodia, Senegal and the East African Legislative Assembly, have been named as parliamentary champions for their ongoing commitment to promoting legislation for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation. 

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Caribbean Countries Renew CCRIF Disaster Risk Policies, Get Rebate for 2011-12 [viewed]

5 June 2012: The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) announced that all 16 member governments have renewed their hurricane and earthquake insurance for the 2012-2013 policy year, and that the Facility has provided them with a 25% rebate on their 2011-2012 policy year premium because none of their policies had been triggered.

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NGOs Urge Stronger Measures for Protection of Climate Refugees [viewed]

5 July 2012: Participants in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)'s Annual Consultations with NGOs have recommended developing stronger national and international frameworks to recognize and assist people displaced by climate change. According to the NGO representatives, in many situations, protection currently is based only on the goodwill of the countries concerned.

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GCOS Celebrates 20th Anniversary at WMO Executive Council Meeting [viewed]

29 June 2012: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), which is dedicated to providing observational data and information that is the foundation for decision making on climate, celebrated its 20th anniversary during the 64th World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Executive Council meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

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