Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UNDP Co-Produces Documentary on Shrinking Himalayan Glaciers [viewed]

UNDP14 June 2011: A 45-minute documentary film, co-produced by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Arrowhead Films, focuses on how the melting glaciers of Himalayan mountains and rising sea-levels are affecting the lives and livelihoods of an estimated 1.3 billion people in China, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.

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UNDP Administrator Highlights Radical Changes in Development Landscape [viewed]

13 June 2011: Addressing the Annual Meeting of the Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which is being held from 6-17 June 2011, in New York, US, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark identified long-term trends, such as climate change and human impact on the world's natural resources, as responsible for radically changing the development landscape and affecting the way multilateral organizations operate.

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Asia-EU Foreign Ministers Discuss Climate, Energy and Rio+20 [viewed]

7 June 2011: The tenth Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Foreign Ministers' Meeting held in Gödöllő, Hungary, from 6-7 June 2011, under the theme 
"Working together on non-traditional security challenges," addressed climate change, energy and Rio+20, among other agenda items.

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UNEP Launches Guide to Ecosystem-Based Management [viewed]

8 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a report titled "Taking Steps Toward Marine and Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management: An Introductory Guide." The report highlights how planners and policy makers in local, national and regional governments can adopt an ecosystem-based management (EBM) approach to help ensure sustainable development for marine and coastal environments and the livelihoods that depend on them.

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Conference on Climate Change and Displacement Drafts Guiding Principles [viewed]

7 June 2011: The Nansen Conference on Climate Change and Displacement in the 21st Century drafted a set of principles to guide responses to challenges posed by the impacts of climate change.

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World Meteorological Congress Sets Priorities for Next Four Years [viewed]

3 June 2011: At the end of its two-week quadrennial meeting, the World Meteorological Congress identified the top five priorities for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), endorsing the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), which will increase the availability of climate information for policy-makers to plan and make decisions to adapt to a changing climate.

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UNCHR Calls for Measures to Cope with Climate-Induced Displacement [viewed]

6 June 2011: In his address to the Nansen Conference on Climate Change and Displacement in the 21st Century, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres urged countries to adopt new measures to cope with climate-induced displacement within and across borders.

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World Bank Publishes Study on Climate Change Impacts in North African Cities [viewed]

4 June 2011: The World Bank led a study on “Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Disasters Preparedness in the Coastal Cities of North Africa,” which estimates that the economic impacts of climate change in Alexandria, Casablanca and Tunis will be more than $1 billion each between now and 2030.

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Chair's Summary of the Third Session of the Global Platform for DRR Released [viewed]

3 June 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released the Chair's Summary of the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and World Reconstruction Conference, in which Asha-Rose Migiro, UN Deputy Secretary-General and Chair of the Third Session, highlights that DRR should be at the forefront of efforts to preserve and protect the balance of nature, and ensure sustainable development and well being for future generations.

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World Bank, GEF Fund Adaptation in Sao Tome and Principe [viewed]

31 May 2011: The World Bank Board has approved a Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant of US$4.1 million to support São Tomé and Principe in increasing its adaptive capacity to the adverse impacts of climate variability and change.

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