Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

ECOSOC High-Level Meeting with IFIs Addresses Financial Crisis, MDGs [viewed]

11 March 2011: A two-day High-Level Meeting of ECOSOC with the Bretton Woods Institutions, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) was held in New York, US, from 10-11 March 2011, and addressed pressing issues related to the global financial crisis and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Event: Climate 2011 / KLIMA 2011 [viewed]

The focus of this online conference is "Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management." Topics will include: climate-smart disaster risk management; climate-smart capacity-building; costs and benefits of climate-smart adaptation; and climate-smart method, tools and technological solutions.  

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UNESCO Launches Portal on Education for Sustainable Development [viewed]

11 March 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched a new Web portal on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which demonstrates how education helps societies and individuals to achieve sustainability.

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World Bank Approves Loan for Disaster Recovery and Preparedness in St. Lucia [viewed]

10 March 2011: The World Bank approved a US$15 million zero-interest credit to help Saint Lucia rehabilitate key infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Tomas and improve its capacity to manage disaster risk.

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UN/ISDR Releases Mid-Term Review of Hyogo Framework [viewed]

9 March 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released its Mid-Term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015, subtitled "Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters," which highlights progress made over the last five years in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and in raising the profile of disaster preparedness across international, regional, and national agendas.

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Report on Agroecology Highlights Climate Change Adaptation Benefits [viewed]

8 March 2011: The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, presented a report titled "Agroecology and the right to food" (A/HRC/16/49) to the 16th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on 8 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Fiji City Joins Making Cities Resilience Campaign [viewed]

8 March 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that Lami, Fiji, has joined the UN disaster reduction campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City Is Getting Ready!”

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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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