Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

World Bank Scales Up Support to Kenya Health Sector Project [viewed]

World Bank20 December 2011: The World Bank has approved the scaling up of its support to Kenya to address the impacts of the current drought by $56.8 million. Support to the Kenya Health Sector Support Project is expected to benefit 90,000 pregnant and lactating women, and nearly 400,000 malnourished children in the affected areas.

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UNECE Convenes Europe-Asia Transboundary Water Cooperation Conference [viewed]

UNECE19 December 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) organized the International Conference on “Europe-Asia transboundary water cooperation” to promote dialogue and cooperation on the management and protection of transboundary waters among Afghanistan, China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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UN/ISDR Calls for Increased Education on Disasters and Climate Change [viewed]

19 December 2011: In acknowledgement of the impacts of Typhoon Sendong, which recently hit the south of the Philippines, Margareta Wahlström, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Disaster Risk Reduction and Chief of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), offered her sympathy to the people affected, and stressed there are lessons to be learned from the tropical storm.

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Event: UNU Conference on Earth System Governance [viewed]

The Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference will be jointly hosted by the UN University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), the International Environmental Governance Architecture Research Group and the Tokyo Institute of Technology on behalf of the Earth System Governance Project. It will focus on the following five thematic areas: architecture of Earth system governance in the 21st century; climate governance architecture; the nexus between architecture and the other “As”; political dynamics on emerging agencies and architecture; and nuclear safety and post-disaster governance.  

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World Bank Outlines Steps to Increase Drought Resilience in Africa [viewed]

World Bank19 December 2011: The World Bank has released a policy paper titled "The Drought and Food Crisis in the Horn of Africa: Impacts and Proposed Policy Responses for Kenya," which highlights four broad policy changes that can be taken by Kenya to reduce its vulnerability to future droughts as climate change continues to reduce rainfall in the region.

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WMO, UNCCD Organize Planning Meeting for High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy [viewed]

16 December 2011: The Secretariats of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have convened an international organizing committee to prepare for a March 2013 High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy.

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UN/ISDR Pilots Resilience Local Government Self-Assessment Tool [viewed]

14 December 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that, together with the ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, it has piloted the Local Government Self-Assessment Tool (LG-SAT), designed to assist disaster reduction efforts by cities and local governments that have signed up to the global "Making Cities Resilient" Campaign.

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UN Secretary-General Takes Stock of 2011 [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General14 December 2011: At a year-end press conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that 2011 delivered warnings about our common future, highlighting the disaster at Fukushima and record floods in Pakistan, Thailand, Colombia and El Salvador, which he qualified as "a vivid reminder of the increasing incidence of extreme weather."

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UNEP Executive Director Releases Op-Ed on Access to Data [viewed]

12 December 2011: Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, wrote an op-ed during the Eye on Earth Summit that seeks to strengthen existing efforts and inspire undertakings to find a solution to issues that prohibit universal data access. 

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Event: Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

The aim of the Fourth Session is to continue the momentum into a durable and sustained effort from all actors (governments, NGOs and civil society, international agencies and organizations, academic and technical institutions, and the private sector) to take shared responsibility in reducing risks and reinforcing resilience in our communities. Sunday, 19 May, will be reserved for a preparation day. Monday, 20 May, will be a day for innovative dialogue. The official agenda will be from 21-23 May. The Session will include an event focused on small island developing States (SIDS), addressing partnerships toward DRR for SIDS.  

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