Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

ESCAP Emphasizes Governance and Water Management for Sustainable Water Resources [viewed]

5 July 2011: In a statement to the fourth Singapore International Water Week, Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), emphasized that sound governance is crucial for the sustainable management of water resources that are threatened by pollution, natural disasters and climate change.

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UNESCO to Launch Course on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development [viewed]

20 July 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will launch a Teacher Education Course on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development (CCESD) in late 2011. The course is being developed for UNESCO by professors at Sustainability Frontiers, an international alliance of sustainability and global educators.

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UNCSD Secretary-General Outlines Eight Priorities for UNCSD [viewed]

13 July 2011: Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), summarized his recent speech in Washington, DC, US, in a new post to his blog. He elaborated on eight “new and emerging challenges” that States and other stakeholders have highlighted for priority attention. The challenges include energy access, green jobs, sustainable agriculture, marine resources and financing.

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Event: Emergency Ministerial Meeting on the Drought Crisis in the Horn of Africa [viewed]

Organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), at the request of the French Government, this emergency Ministerial-level meeting will look to address possible measures to address the drought crisis in the Horn of Africa, which is affecting food security and food prices in the region.  

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Event: Security Council Debate on Climate Change and SIDS [viewed]

The UN Security Council will hold a debate on the issue of climate change and its security implications, with a special focus on the possible threat faced by small island and coastal States, due to rising sea levels. The debate follows the 2009 Report of the UN Secretary-General on "Climate change and its possible security implications." It will take place under the agenda item on "maintenance of international peace and security: impact of climate change."  

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Four East African Local Governments Commit to UN/ISDR Resilience Campaign [viewed]

14 July 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that four East African cities, Arusha and Moshi (Tanzania), Kisumu (Kenya), Bujumbura (Burundi), have joined the UN disaster reduction campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City Is Getting Ready!”

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UNESCO, Japan Launch Project on Flood Forecasting in Pakistan [viewed]

11 July 2011: In cooperation with the Government of Japan, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a project aimed at upgrading the flood forecasting and early warning systems of Pakistan, and to conduct risk mapping of flood plains along the Indus River.

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ITU Symposium Highlights Role of ICTs in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation [viewed]

8 July 2011: The International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Sixth Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), the Environment and Climate Change, focused on the issue of ICTs, the environment and climate change in Africa and the needs of developing countries, and concluded with a Call to Action for global leaders to recognize the role of ICTs in tackling climate change and to enhance their ability to do so.

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FAO, WFP and Oxfam Issue Statement on Drought in Horn of Africa [viewed]

8 July 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has issued a joint statement with the World Food Programme (WFP) and Oxfam calling for humanitarian and food assistance to build food security and resiliency in the Horn of Africa, and noting the failure of the short rains in late 2010 and negative trends that threaten the long rainy season in 2011.

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UN MDG Report Highlights Progress Despite the Financial, Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

7 July 2011: The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2011 finds that, despite setbacks from recent economic, food and energy crises, major progress towards the MDGs has been achieved. However, it indicates that progress has been unequal and the most vulnerable are left behind, noting disparities based on sex, age, disability and ethnicity, and between urban and rural areas.

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