Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Guest Article #66: Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

The urban dimension of climate change

The effects of urbanization and climate change are converging in dangerous ways. The global population, today more than 50% urban, faces unprecedented negative impacts in terms of quality of life and social stability.

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World Habitat Day Focuses on Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

3 October 2011: The 2011 edition of World Habitat Day has organized around the theme "Cities and Climate Change," emphasizing that climate change is a critical development challenge of the 21st century, and highlighting the role of cities in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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UNCTAD Meeting Addresses Adaptation Challenges for Global Ports [viewed]

UNCTAD30 September 2011: Experts attending the Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on "Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: A Challenge for Global Ports," organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), discussed strategies to adapt ports and transport systems in different parts of the world to the impacts of climate change.

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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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