Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

World Bank, GEF Project Supports Mangrove Planting in Kiribati [viewed]

29 March 2011: Over 37,000 mangrove seedlings have recently been planted on the islands of Aranuka, Butaritari, Maiana, Makin and in North and South Tarawa, Kiribati, as part of a project supported by the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), AusAID and the New Zealand Aid Programme with the aim of reducing Kiribati's vulnerability to climate change, climate variability and sea level rise.

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UNEP Releases Report on Water and Climate Change Vulnerability in Mongolia [viewed]

22 March 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled "Urban Water Vulnerability to Climate Change in Mongolia," which predicts continued dramatic climate change in Mongolia over the next century, including more snow in winter and less rain in summer.

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WMO Releases Statement on the Status of Global Climate in 2010 [viewed]

24 March 2011: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its annual "Statement on the Status of the Global Climate," highlighting that global surface temperatures reached record values and that 2010 represented the closure of the warmest decade on record.

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UN/ISDR Holds Briefing on Preparations for Third Session of the Global Platform for DRR [viewed]

21 March 2011: Co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Mexico and Norway to the UN, together with the Secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), a Briefing on the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction – Mid-term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action and Preparations for the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) – took place on 21 March 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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WMO Develops Brochure on Extreme Events [viewed]

18 March 2011: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has published a brochure titled "Weather Extremes in a Changing Climate: Hindsight on Foresight," which describes extreme events that have occurred between 2001 and 2010.

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IPC-IG Discusses Climate-Compatible Development at AfricaAdapt Meeting [viewed]

March 2011: The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) presented at the AfricaAdapt Climate Change Symposium 2011, held from 9-11 March 2011, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the topic “Reconciling participation and benefit-sharing: implications for how Africa adapts to climate change.” 

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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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