Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Event: Resilient Cities 2012: 3rd Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation [viewed]

Resilient Cities 2012: 3rd World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change will focus on the following themes: urban risk and the issue of urban infrastructure as a key element in building resilient cities; resilient integrated urban design - how to optimally relate the water, food security and biodiversity sectors to build a resilient city; resilient urban renewable energy - how to ensure a clear link between the local renewables agenda and energy security and safety of urban areas; resilient urban logistics - a showcase of successful examples in ecomobility (moving people) and ecologistics (moving goods); and financing the resilient city - how climate financing for adaptation can be mobilized, leveraged and innovated for the local level. Resilient Cities 2012 will also host a session on global sustainable infrastructure finance in partnership with Global Energy Basel. Joan Clos, UN-HABITAT's Executive Director, is the patron of Resilient Cities 2011 and 2012.  

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Secretary-General Ban Starts Second Term, Calls for Partnerships [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General3 January 2012: Marking the start of his second term as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon gave an interview with the UN News Centre and UN Radio in which he highlighted the power of partnerships to respond to climate change, poverty and other challenges.

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Bangkok Floods a Sign of a Things to Come, UN/ISDR Reports [viewed]

3 January 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has stated that the recent flooding in Bangkok, Thailand, may be a sign of things to come “amid a changing climate.” Drawing on information from the World Bank, UN/ISDR stated that the economic loss caused by the flooding is estimated to be in excess of US$45 billion.

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World Bank Supports Central America in Disaster Risk Prevention and Management [viewed]

World Bank15 December 2011: The World Bank and the Center for Coordination and Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CEPREDENAC) have signed two cooperation agreements for more than US$1 million to support the implementation of the Central American Policy for Integral Disaster Risk Management (PCGIR). 

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Assessing 66th Session, UNGA President Highlights Disaster Readiness, Sustainable Development [viewed]

31 December 2011: Closing the main part of the 66th UN General Assembly (UNGA), President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser outlined significant developments during his tenure. At a press conference on 22 December, he described the preceding three months as “among the most exciting of my two-decade experience of diplomatic service." He highlighted upcoming events and called for support for the Assembly's work in 2012, which will include disaster readiness and sustainable development.

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Philippines Disaster Reduction Champion Announces Awareness Raising Workshops [viewed]

29 December 2011: The UN International Strategy or Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation in the Asia Pacific, Loren Legarda, has urged governments to be proactive in this “era of climate change,” and to not rely on post-disaster relief and rehabilitation alone.

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UNESCO Hosts First World Ocean Council 'Smart Ocean/Smart Industries' Workshop [viewed]

22 December 2011: The first World Ocean Council (WOC) 'Smart Ocean/Smart Industries' workshop, hosted by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), brought together representatives from shipping, oil and gas, marine technology and other sectors, as well as scientists, government agencies, and inter-governmental organizations. The workshop aimed to initiate a new programme to facilitate ocean industry collaboration with the scientific community to scale up data collection from “smart” ships and platforms and expand the spatial and temporal extent of ocean and atmospheric observations.

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AMEP Quarterly Highlights GEF Caribbean Projects [viewed]

22 December 2011: The 12th issue of AMEP Quarterly highlights projects and activities implemented by the Assessment and Management of Environmental Pollution (AMEP) sub-programme of UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Kingston, Jamaica-based Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit (CAR/CRU), including several funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on topics such as AMEP, wastewater management, waste management, oil spill response planning, and climate change and disaster management.

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UN/ISDR Disaster Champion Calls for Disaster Management Plan in Philippines [viewed]

20 December 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that UN/ISDR Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation in Asia Pacific and Philippines Senator Loren Legarda has called on Philippines President Benigno Aquino to launch a National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (NDRRMP). 

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Eye on Earth Summit Launches Climate-related Initiatives [viewed]

15 December 2011: The Eye on Earth Summit, hosted by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), concluded with the launch of eight "Special Initiatives." Among the initiatives, three are "foundation" (cross-cutting) and five are thematic, and several are climate-related.

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