Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Viet Nam Cities Commit to DRR and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

4 March 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has reported that five of Viet Nam's largest cities, Ho Chi Minh, Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Can Tho and Da Nang, pledged to make cities safer against disasters. The pledge came at the second National Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, which convened in Viet Nam, from 1-4 March 2011.

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ITU Holds Consultations on Digital Inclusion for LDCs [viewed]

7 March 2011: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is hosting high-level consultations on Digital Inclusion for Least Developed Countries (LDCs): Innovation, Growth, Sustainability, on 8-9 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UN General Assembly Releases Disaster Debate Summary [viewed]

25 February 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a summary of the one-day thematic debate on disaster risk reduction (DRR), which convened on 9 February 2011, in New York, US, and included two panel sessions on "invest today for a safer tomorrow," and "addressing the challenges of disaster risk in urban settings."

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UNECE Inland Transport Committee Discusses Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

4 March 2011: The 73rd annual session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which convened from 1-3 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland, addressed, inter alia, the impact of climate change on the transport sector.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Pacific Ministerial Conference on Climate Change [viewed]

4 March 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged UN support to help Pacific Island States reduce climate risks and respond to climate impacts, in a message to the High Level Regional Conference on climate change in the Pacific, held in Port Vila, Vanuatu, on 4 March 2011.

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World Bank Approves Loans for Climate-Related Disaster Insurance in the Balkans [viewed]

3 March 2011: The World Bank has approved loans for US$5 million for Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and US$5 million for the Republic of Serbia to help increase local access to financial protection from the losses caused by climate change and disasters.

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AAP Board Meeting Builds Momentum for 2011 [viewed]

UNDP10 February 2011: The Board of the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) met on 10 February 2011, in New York, US, to review progress achieved and challenges faced in 2009 and 2010, and discuss the work ahead for 2011.

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EU, Pacific Islands Discuss Implementation of Climate Change Initiative [viewed]

2 March 2011: A High-Level Regional Conference on Climate Change in the Pacific is convening in Vanuatu from 2-4 March 2011, where the EU and Pacific countries are discussing implementation of the Joint Pacific-EU Initiative on Climate Change.

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UNDP Releases Fifth Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin [viewed]

February 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the fifth issue of its Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin, a quarterly publication that provides an overview of the technical assistance to countries at the national, sub-national and community-levels.

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ESCAP Trust Fund Expands to Include Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change [viewed]

3 March 2011: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) has announced that the UN ESCAP trust fund supporting early warning systems for tsunamis will be expanded to include disaster preparedness and climate change activities in Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia countries.

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