Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Conference on Flood Management Highlights Adaptation and Preparedness [viewed]

30 September 2011: Participants at the Fifth International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM5) underscored the gaps in understanding, policy planning, and capacities to respond to flood-related risks, calling for international efforts to share innovative developments and link researchers and the development community to those responding to and mitigating impacts of floods.

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Experts Adopt Recommendations on Climate Change Education in SIDS [viewed]

23 September 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized an Expert Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development and Adaptation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which focused the challenges that climate change poses to education systems in SIDS, and on promoting education to enhance adaptation to climate change in the context of sustainable development.

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UNESCO Holds Thematic Debate on SIDS [viewed]

14 September 2011: The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, hosted a Thematic Debate on small island developing States (SIDS), outlining UNESCO's ongoing and planned contributions towards the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy and in preparation for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: International Day for Disaster Reduction [viewed]

The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction aims to raise awareness about how people are taking action to reduce their risk to disasters. In 2011, the International Day for Disaster Reduction is focused on children and young people.  

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UN, ASEAN Discuss Climate Change and Disaster Management [viewed]

28 September 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, General Assembly (UNGA) President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Surin Pitsuwan and others recently met to discuss collaboration on common priorities between the UN and the South-East Asian bloc.

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UNESCO Exhibition Highlights Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage Sites [viewed]

26 September 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its partners have created an exhibition titled "Satellites and World Heritage Sites, Partners to Understand Climate Change," which aims to highlight the specific challenges facing World Heritage Sites.

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UNGA General Debate Closes with Focus on Climate Change, SIDS and Rio+20 [viewed]

27 September 2011: The general debate of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) closed on 27 September, with a number of speakers addressing the challenges posed by climate change, preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and the specific vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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UNGA General Debate Addresses Impacts of Climate Change, SIDS' Vulnerability [viewed]

26 September 2011: During the general debate of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), a number of speakers referred to the impacts of climate change, addressing, inter alia, the specific vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the prospects for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), and the impacts of climate change on food security and disasters.

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World Disasters Report 2011 Calls for Action on Hunger and Malnutrition [viewed]

22 September 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have joined with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on the occasion of the launch of the World Disasters Report 2011, which addresses the problem of hunger and malnutrition, highlighting the impacts of climate change on agricultural production.

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World Bank, IMF Analyze Impact of Economic Crisis on Development [viewed]

24 September 2011: The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) met in Washington DC, US, for the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors and issued a Development Committee Communiqué noting that the turbulence in global financial markets, volatile commodity prices and pressures on food security pose critical challenges to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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