Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN Secretary-General Discusses Nuclear Safety [viewed]

21 April 2011:  On the occasion of the “25 Years after the Chernobyl Catastrophe: Safety for the Future” Conference, in Kiev, Ukraine, on 2o April 2011, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke on the role of the international community in ensuring that nuclear power is safe and sustainable.

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World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings Highlight Food Security Threat and Support Green Climate Fund [viewed]

16 April 2011: The Development Committee, which advises the Board of Governors of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on development issues, met on 16 April 2011. It cautioned that economic overheating in some sectors, especially food and energy, is resulting in price pressures and volatility, putting developing countries and especially their most vulnerable populations at risk.

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Event: Nansen Conference on Climate Change and Displacement in the 21st Century [viewed]

This meeting will focus on vulnerability, resilience and capacity for adaptation of communities in areas that are prone to disaster due to climate change, the protection of displaced people, and promotion of action to help prevent or manage displacement. The conference also aims to provide up-to-date projections with regard to drivers of displacement such as drought, floods, storms and sea-level rise.  

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CEB Takes Action on Biodiversity, Climate, Sustainable Development, DDR [viewed]

19 April 2011: In a briefing to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on 19 April 2011 in New York, US, the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) discussed the highlights and outcomes of its Spring meeting, which took place from 1-2 April 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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IPCC Bureau Discusses Ongoing Activities [viewed]

18 April 2010: The Bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) held its 43th session at the headquarters of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), in Geneva, Switzerland, from 18-19 April 2011.

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African Experts Discuss Action on Climate Change and Health [viewed]

17 April 2011: On the eve of the Fifth Conference of African Ministers of Health (CAMH5), a group of experts from African Union (AU) members States met to identify the major effects of climate change on health in Africa and to discuss actions to mitigate its impact.

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Humanitarian Aid Consortium Launches New Edition of Humanitarian Handbook [viewed]

14 April 2011: The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, has launched the revised edition of the UN-backed publication titled, "The Handbook: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response." The handbook is produced by the Sphere Project, a consortium of humanitarian agencies.

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EU Strategy for the Danube Region Endorsed [viewed]

13 April 2011: The ministers of the 27 EU Member States have endorsed the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, which was proposed by the European Commission in December 2010. Preparations for implementation of the Strategy are already underway.

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UNGA Adopts Resolution on NEPAD Implementation [viewed]

April 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution (A/65/L.69) at its 65th session under agenda item 62 (a) on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), regarding progress in implementation and international support. 

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IDB Launches Sustainable Emerging Cities Platform [viewed]

25 March 2011: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) President Luis Alberto Moreno has announced the creation of a platform to work with 140 fast-growing "intermediate" cities (those with populations between 100,000 and two million) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), to analyze their sustainable urban development challenges, propose solutions, prioritize investments and identify funding from national and international sources. 

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