Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UNECE Supports Afghan-Tajik Cooperation on Water and Climate Change [viewed]

UNECE29 March 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) project on “Strengthening cooperation on hydrology and the environment between Afghanistan and Tajikistan in the upper Amu Darya River Basin” convened water and environment experts to discuss cooperation related to severe floods, vulnerable ecosystems and climate change impacts in the Amu Darya Basin.

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Event: UN General Assembly Thematic Debate on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

The preparatory process of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) has identified "disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience" as one of the emerging issues in the context of sustainable development. The 66th President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, is convening this debate on addressing disaster risk through public investment decisions. The objective is to support and advance the dialogue already underway on how best to integrate the DRR approach into the Rio+20 outcomes.  

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World Bank Adopts Country Partnership Strategy for Samoa [viewed]

World Bank30 March 2012: The World Bank has adopted Samoa's first Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for 2012-2016, which aims to strengthen resilience to climate change, disasters and economic shocks.

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IICA, FAO to Consolidate Joint Efforts in LAC [viewed]

30 March 2012: The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), a specialized agency of the Organization of American States (OAS), has signed a letter of understanding with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to consolidate their joint efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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FAO Launches e-Learning Course on Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

FAO21 March 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched a free course that aims to build understanding on how climate change effects agriculture and food security and practical steps that can be taken to minimize negative impacts.

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IPCC Releases Full Report on Managing the Risks of Disasters [viewed]

28 March 2012: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its full report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX).

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UNISDR Names Venetian Mayor Urban Resilience Champion [viewed]

28 March 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that the Mayor of Venice, Giorgio Orsoni, has been named Europe's first Champion of Urban Resilience. The award was presented at the UNISDR Building Cities Resilience to Disasters in Europe: Protecting Cultural Heritage and Adapting to Climate Change conference.  

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UNECE, FAO Release North American Forest Sector Outlook Study [viewed]

27 March 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have launched the North American Forest Sector Outlook Study (NAFSOS), examining changes in the forest sectors of the US and Canada. 

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UNDP/SPC Introduces GIS Mapping for Land and Forest in Solomon Islands [viewed]

23 March 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the South Pacific Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) Division of the South Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the Solomon Islands Government, plan to introduce a remote sensing mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) to map land and forest cover in the Solomon Islands.

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ASEAN, UNISDR and Partner Convene DRR and Climate Adaptation Training [viewed]

21 March 2012: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction (GFDRR) convened the ASEAN Training Course on Urban Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), which brought together 40 mayors, local government leaders and city officials from eight countries.  

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