Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UNISDR Highlights Impact of Mexican Drought on Indigenous Populations [viewed]

14 August 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has highlighted the recent impact of drought on the indigenous populations of Chihuahua, Mexico. UNISDR noted that while the Mexican Early Warning System for cyclones has proven to be a powerful tool to reduce the loss of lives, there are yet no appropriate early warning systems for other extreme hydro meteorological events such as drought, hail storms and flash floods.

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Event: UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

The third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be hosted by the Government of Japan and organized by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). Participants are expected to agree a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR).  

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Event: Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction Online Dialogues [viewed]

As part of the consultations on a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR), the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) is convening an online dialogue. UNISDR is gathering views on the future of the post-2015 framework for DRR and the results of the online dialogues will provide the substance for a post-2015 framework for DRR, expected to be agreed at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction scheduled to convene in 2015. The online dialogue will extend from 27 August to 30 November 2012.  

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UNDP Administrator Stresses the Importance of Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

15 August 2012: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark delivered the University of Canterbury's Hopkins Lecture in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which she addressed the theme “Building Resilience: The Importance of Disaster Risk Reduction.”

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AU to Establish African Risk Capacity Secretariat [viewed]

African Union (AU)5 August 2012: The African Union (AU) has agreed to establish an African Risk Capacity (ARC) Secretariat, a specialized agency to develop an agreement on a pooled risk insurance facility for droughts, floods, earthquakes and cyclones in Africa.

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ILO Calls for Meso and Macro-Level Climate Change Insurance [viewed]

ILO2 August 2012: The Microfinance Innovation Facility of the International Labour Organization (ILO) underscores that larger insurance schemes are more likely to be effective in covering impoverished people against weather-related disasters and the impacts of climate change.

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World Bank Outlines DRR Plans in Viet Nam [viewed]

World Bank2 August 2012: The World Bank has reported on projects implemented in Viet Nam since 2006 to promote disaster risk reduction (DRR), with partners including the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and AusAID.

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UNEP GEAS Releases Review of Early Warning Systems [viewed]

UNEP1 August 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS) has released a report on early warning systems, introducing the basic concepts of early warning systems, reviewing existing early warning and monitoring systems, and looking at current gaps and needs for early warning systems.

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IOC-UNESCO Calls for Proposals on Sea-Level Stations in the Caribbean [viewed]

UNESCO IOC1 August 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has issued a call for proposals regarding the acquisition, installation and maintenance/leveling visits of tide gauge equipment over a one-year period in the Caribbean. The call is issued as part of the IOC-UNESCO's mandate to coordinate implementation of the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean Sea and Adjacent Regions (CARIBE EWS).

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UNU-EHS Meeting Focuses on Risk Reduction and Climate Adaptation in Coastal Zones [viewed]

30 July 2012: The ninth meeting of the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) Expert Working Group on Measuring Vulnerability focused on the theme “Development pathways for urban and rural coastal zones.” Participants from France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, the US, the UK and Viet Nam addressed climate change adaptation and risk reduction in coastal zones.

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