Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

World Bank, CIF Fund Climate Resilient Urban Improvements in the Caribbean [viewed]

World Bank23 June 2011: The World Bank Board of Directors has approved two projects in the Caribbean, amounting to US$47.12 million, to improve the safety of their buildings from the impacts of climate change and increase their public institutions' capacity to assess natural risks. The funding is from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), which is geared toward vulnerable countries and small island developing States (SIDS).

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CPF Members Release Calendar of Year of Forests Events [viewed]

International Year of Forests 2011June 2011: The members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), a consortium of 14 forest-related organizations and secretariats, have put together a joint calendar of thematic press releases to disseminate the activities taking place throughout the world to celebrate the International Year of Forests.

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General Assembly Elects President of 66th Session [viewed]

Amb. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar addresses the General Assembly following his election as President of the 66th session22 June 2011:  The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has elected by acclamation Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser (Qatar) to be its next President. He will succeed Joseph Deiss (Switzerland) when he takes over the presidency in mid-September 2011 as the 66th session of the Assembly begins.

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UN/ISDR, UN-HABITAT and UNDP Convene Disaster Reduction Workshop [viewed]

Photo courtesy of: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ikaros_images/5147719227/20 June 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Kuwait convened a workshop on "Advancing Disaster Risk Reduction and Urban Strategy in the Gulf States," which aimed to enhance stakeholder awareness and knowledge of disaster risk reduction (DRR) trends and policies in the context of urban planning, taking into account the risks and challenges faced by cities in a changing climate.

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UNGA Appoints UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for Second Term [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Sectretary-General21 June 2011: Acting on the recommendation of the Security Council, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has unanimously appointed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for a second five-year term beginning 1 January 2012.

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EU Environment Ministers Address Sustainable Water Management [viewed]

EU flag21 June 2011: The Environment Council of the EU met on 21 June 2011, in Luxembourg, to discuss the protection of water resources and integrated sustainable water management in the EU and beyond. The Council adopted conclusions including a section on climate change and water policy, and another on ecosystems and ecosystem services.

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UN Global Compact, UNEP Release Report on Adapting for a Green Economy [viewed]

Adapting for a Green Economy: Companies, Communities and Climate Change20 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Global Compact, Oxfam and the World Resources Institute (WRI) have released a study titled “Adapting for a Green Economy: Companies, Communities and Climate Change.” The report makes the business case for private sector adaptation to climate change, including through building the resilience of vulnerable communities in developing countries.

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UN ESCAP Participates in Global Green Growth Summit [viewed]

Global Green Growth Summit 201120 June 2011: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) participated in the Global Green Growth Summit 2011, which convened from 20-21 June 2011 in Seoul, the Republic of Korea. At the Summit, ESCAP underlined that through green growth, Asia-Pacific countries can build their resilience to food and fuel price shocks, as well as to disasters.

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IRI Publication Highlights Climate Information for Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

A Better Climate for Disaster Risk Management20 June 2011: The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Colombia University has released a publication titled "A better climate for disaster risk management," which addresses recent advances in the use of climate information for managing risks and improving livelihoods.  

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UN Secretary-General Calls for US Mayors' Leadership on Climate Change [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Calls for US Mayors' Leadership on Climate Change19 June 2011: In his address to the US Conference of Mayors in Baltimore, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that cities consume more than two-thirds of the world's energy and account for roughly the same percentage of global carbon dioxide emissions. He called on US mayors to help address climate change and other energy challenges.

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