Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

EEA Publishes Report on Natural Hazards and Technological Accidents in Europe [viewed]

12 January 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report titled "Mapping the impacts of natural hazards and technological accidents in Europe," which analyzes impacts of three types of hazards: hydrometeorological or weather related, such as storms, extreme temperature events, forest fires, droughts and floods; geophysical, including snow avalanches, landslides, earthquakes and volcanoes; and technological, such as oil spills, industrial accidents and toxic spills from mining activities.

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Event: UNESCO Workshop on Flood and Drought Management in Pakistan [viewed]

This workshop will discuss: training policy makers and managers in flood and drought management; assessing the capacity of existing water education institutes and training of flood forecasting specialists; training water department technicians and managers and updating curricula; and providing education in schools and communities in managing geo-hazards. The workshop is part of a the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) partnership with Pakistan to help the country develop and manage its responses to flood and drought, and to measure potential impacts of land-use, population, climate change and other factors on water resources.  

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UNGA Adopts Resolutions on Climate and Disasters [viewed]

20 December 2010: In a plenary session held on 20 December 2010, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the Report of its Second Committee on sustainable development (A/65/436), which includes draft resolutions on "Protection of global climate for present and future generations of humankind" and "International Strategy for Disaster Reduction."

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Event: Informal Thematic Debate of the General Assembly on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

This informal thematic debate aims to promote understanding on how effective investment policies, practices and sustainable urban management can reduce risk and exposure to disasters. Special focus will be on rapidly expanding urban areas, where risk, population and economic assets are concentrated. Building on the High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) (September 2010, New York), which acknowledged that disaster risk reduction and increasing resilience to natural hazards can accelerate the achievement of the MDGs, the debate will underscore the linkages between disaster risk reduction, poverty eradication and sustainable development. The Panel will include two interactive panel discussions with high-level experts. The concept paper and draft programme for the debate were issued by General Assembly President Joseph Deiss on 21 January 2011.  

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Event: World Water Day 2011 [viewed]

The objective of World Water Day 2011 is to focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems. This year's theme, "Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge," aims to spotlight and encourage governments, organizations, communities, and individuals to actively engage in addressing the defy of urban water management.  

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UN/ISDR Names Senegalese Mayor as Disaster Risk Reduction Champion [viewed]

18 December 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that Cheikh Mamadou Abiboulaye Dieye, Mayor of Saint Louis, Senegal, has been named champion of the "Making Cities Resilient" campaign.

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Australia and CARICOM Discuss Fast-start Climate Finance [viewed]

18 December 2010: Representatives of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and Australia met in Turkeyen, Guyana, on 17 December 2010, for the inaugural CARICOM-Australia High-level Meeting on the Development Assistance Partnership.

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Funding for Two Projects [viewed]

15 December 2010: The Adaptation Fund Board concluded its 12th session in Cancun, Mexico, back-to-back with the Cancun Climate Change Conference. Board members approved funding for projects in Nicaragua and Pakistan, and for five concepts, from the Cook Islands, Ecuador, El Salvador, Georgia and the Maldives, for financing at its next session.

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UNGA Holds Debate on Strengthening Disaster Relief Assistance [viewed]

15 December 2010: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held a debate, on 15 December 2010, in New York, US, on strengthening UN coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance.

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EU Ministers Discuss CAP Reforms, Disaster Response [viewed]

14 December 2010: EU ministers for agriculture met in Brussels, Belgium, on 13-14 December 2010, to discuss a new agricultural policy, while the Council of EU Ministers on General Affairs met in Brussels, Belgium, on 14 December 2010, to discuss options for an enhanced and cost-effective European disaster response.

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