Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UNISDR Annual Report Highlights Growth in DRR Financing [viewed]

18 July 2012: The Secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has released its 2011 Annual Report, which highlights increases in financing and country efforts towards disaster risk reduction (DRR) worldwide.

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OAS Hosts Dialogue on ECPA Activities [viewed]

13 July 2012: The Organization of American States (OAS) hosted a discussion of initiatives undertaken by the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) since its launch in 2009 at the Fifth Summit of the Americas.

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Event: Second ITU Green Standards Week [viewed]

This event is being organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and TechAmerica Europe, and will be hosted by Microsoft. The aim of the event is to raise awareness of the importance and opportunities of using information and communication technology (ICT) standards to build a green economy. The week will include: a Forum on Greener Smarter Better Cities to be organized by ITU and the European Commission; a Forum on Boosting Smart Grids through Energy Efficient ICT to be organized by ITU; a Forum on Mapping E-Waste to Address Future Challenges to be jointly organized by ITU, the UN University (UNU) and CEDARE; a Forum on Greening the ICT Supply Chain to be jointly organized by ITU, UNU and CEDARE; a High Level Segment on Greening the Economy through ICT Standards to be jointly organized by ITU, TechAmerica Europe and Microsoft; a Forum on Environmental Sustainability for the ICT Sector to be jointly organized by ITU and ETNO; an Information and Training Session on ITU Methodologies for Environmental Impact Assessment of ICT to be organized by ITU and GeSI; and a session on Submarine Communications Networks For Climate Monitoring and Disaster Warning to be organized by ITU, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).  

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UNDP Adaptation Bulletin Spotlights Initiatives in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNDP13 July 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the ninth issue of its quarterly Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin, which features stories on UNDP support to: enhance adaptive capacity in Asia-Pacific; strengthen climate early warning systems (EWS) across Africa; and enhance adaptation interventions in Sudan.

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CAF Launches Geopolis at Seminar on Infrastructure for Climate Change [viewed]

10 July 2012: The Latin American Development Bank (CAF) launched Geopolis, a think tank/network aimed at strengthening institutional capacity, and building a culture of disaster prevention and management in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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Taiwan Supports CEPREDENAC Work on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

10 July 2012: Taiwan/Republic of China (ROC) announced it will contribute $2 million as part of its continuing commitment to Central American cooperation on disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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SICA Presidents Decide Next Steps on DRR, Climate [viewed]

Sica 2012 Cumbre Nº3929 June 2012: The XXXIX Central American Integration System (SICA) Summit reaffirmed disaster risk management (DRR) and climate change as a top priorities for the regional agenda and called for reinforced regional initiatives to increase resilience to climate change.

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CEPREDENAC Engages Communicators on Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

10 June 2012: The Central American Integration System's (SICA) Coordination Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CEPREDENAC) convened a meeting for journalists and other communicators from Central American countries to discuss their role in integrated disaster risk reduction (DRR) and management.

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CDP Paper Considers Role of Climate Vulnerability in Identifying LDCs [viewed]

UN logoJune 2012: The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Committee for Development Policy (CDP) has published a background paper reviewing the role of climate change vulnerability in identifying Least Developed Countries (LDCs). It argues that climate change should not be regarded as a new and separate handicap, but as a factor that could aggravate existing handicaps to development.

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CIFOR-Supported Research Examines Local Climate Change Knowledge in Indonesia [viewed]

11 July 2012: Recognizing the need to better understand local communities' perceptions of climate change, researchers at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) have explored the role of local knowledge in analyzing land-use change.

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