Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Pakistani Cities Commit to UN/ISDR's Resilience Campaign [viewed]

10 October 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that over 30 cities in Pakistan have joined the UN disaster reduction campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City Is Getting Ready!”

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UNESCO Divisions Raise Awareness on Water and Ocean Issues [viewed]

7 October 2011: Several divisions of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are supporting the Multi One Attitude Foundation in developing an awareness programme on water scarcity and ocean conservation.

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Event: IDB Annual Meeting 2012 [viewed]

The Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) gathers finance ministers from Latin America to discuss development priorities and provide guidance to the Bank. A series of seminars on topics of interest to participants will be sponsored prior to the opening of the meeting.  

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IDB Finances Panama's Disaster Risk Management and Adaptation [viewed]

IDB6 October 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will finance Panama's development of a policy for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation with a US$100 million loan.

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Calls for Greater International Cooperation [viewed]

3 October 2011: At the opening of the annual meeting of the Executive Committee for the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres called on the international community to work better, with a sense of shared responsibility and commitment, to prevent conflict, adapt to climate change and better manage natural disasters.

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UN/ISDR Champion Calls for “Holistic Approach” to Flood Risk in the Philippines [viewed]

6 October 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has reported that UN/ISDR Champion, Loren Legarda of the Philippines, has called for a holistic approach to flood risk, in the form of a national integrated flood warning and response system.  

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Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution on Climate Change [viewed]

Human Rights Council30 September 2011: The Human Rights Council closed its 18th regular session, adopting 33 texts on a wide range of issues, including a resolution on human rights and climate change (A/HRC/18/L26/Rev.1), in which the Council reiterates its concern that climate change poses an immediate and far-reaching threat to people and communities around the world, and has adverse implications for the full enjoyment of human rights.

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Guest Article #66: Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

The urban dimension of climate change

The effects of urbanization and climate change are converging in dangerous ways. The global population, today more than 50% urban, faces unprecedented negative impacts in terms of quality of life and social stability.

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World Habitat Day Focuses on Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

3 October 2011: The 2011 edition of World Habitat Day has organized around the theme "Cities and Climate Change," emphasizing that climate change is a critical development challenge of the 21st century, and highlighting the role of cities in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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UNCTAD Meeting Addresses Adaptation Challenges for Global Ports [viewed]

UNCTAD30 September 2011: Experts attending the Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on "Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: A Challenge for Global Ports," organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), discussed strategies to adapt ports and transport systems in different parts of the world to the impacts of climate change.

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