Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Event: Anglophone African Regional "Writeshop" [viewed]

This "writeshop" is being organized to support developing country researchers in their efforts to produce publications on disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change. The workshop will address topics that are relevant to climate change adaptation and the 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction. Papers selected for the writeshop should focus on the themes of enabling environments, governance and ecosystem services. Applications are due on 31 December 2010.  

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European Commission Unveils Proposed Strategy for Danube Region [viewed]

9 December 2010: The European Commission has released a proposal for an EU Strategy for the Danube Region, aimed at developing sustainable growth and environmental protection. By establishing a framework for long-term cooperation on a wide range of issues, the Strategy is expected to contribute to improving sustainable transport, linking energy systems, protecting the environment, preserving water resources and stimulating business.

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UNDP and Partners Promote South-South Cooperation Between Pacific and Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

UNDP7 December 2010: A project coordinated by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Centre, with support from the regional UNDP Programme Caribbean Risk Management Initiative (CRMI), has produced a film titled “Looking South Across the Oceans: Promoting Cooperation Among Small Island Developing States” from the Caribbean and the Pacific.

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UNDP SGP Highlights Climate Resilience Project in Mexico [viewed]

4 December 2010: On the occasion of the Cancun Climate Change Conference, the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP), the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and Mexico's National Commission of Protected Areas organized a site visit to a community-based project in the protected area of Yum Balam, which is helping a Mayan indigenous community increase its resilience to climate change.

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ECLAC Releases Study on the Economics of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

8 December 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has released a report titled “Economics of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean,” which estimates losses of around 1% of annual GDP in the region's countries between 2010 and 2100 unless a global consensus is reached on mitigation actions.

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UN/ISDR and ECCAS to Strengthen DRR and Climate Adaptation Cooperation [viewed]

7 December 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UN/ISDR) has entered into an agreement with the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to strengthen collaboration on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation.

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UNESCO Director-General Addresses Climate Change and Education [viewed]

26 November 2010: Irina Bokova, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General, delivered a keynote address at a UN University (UNU) Public Symposium titled "Climate Change and Education: UNESCO's Role in the 2010s." 

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UNEP Releases Report on Glaciers and Climate Change [viewed]

7 December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in partnership with scientists and researchers, has released a report titled "High Mountain Glaciers and Climate Change - Challenges to Human Livelihoods and Adaptation."  

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UNEP Releases Vital Climate Change Graphics for Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

6 December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), has released a report titled "Vital Climate Change Graphics for Latin America and the Caribbean." 

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OECD Paper Assesses Adaptation Options Related to Flood Risks [viewed]

November 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a paper in its OECD Environmental Working Papers series titled “Flood Risks, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Benefits in Mumbai: An Initial Assessment of Socio-Economic Consequences of Present and Climate Change Induced Flood Risks and of Possible Adaptation Options.”

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