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The United Nations University (UNU) is the academic arm of the United Nations (UN). It bridges the academic world and the UN system. Its goal is to develop sustainable solutions for current and future problems of humankind in all aspects of life. Through a problem-oriented and interdisciplinary approach it aims at applied research and education on a global scale. UNU was founded in 1973 and is an autonomous organ of the UN General Assembly. The University comprises headquarters Tokyo, Japan, and more than a dozen Institutes and Programmes worldwide.


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    Call for Applications: UNU-EHS Intensive Summer Course 2015

    UNU-EHS invites young scientists and practitioners to apply for the 2015 Intensive Summer Course (1-12 June 2015).  This course focuses on the role of vulnerability with regard to planning for/during, mitigating against, and adapting to natural hazards. |Read more

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    Press Release: UNU Convenes Expert Meetings on Resilience- Findings now published in Nature Climate Change

    Bonn, 18 December 2014 - The United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) is pleased to announce that the academic paper “Livelihood resilience in the face of climate change” developed as part of the 2013-2014 Resilience Academy is published by Nature Climate Change today. |Read more

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    Admissions Open: UNU & GIUB open applications for Joint Masters programme

    The United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the Department of Geography of the University of Bonn (GIUB) are pleased to announce the call for applications for the International Joint MSc Programme “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security”. |Read more

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    Press Release: Climate risk insurance - empowering vulnerable communities

    Lima, Peru, 11 December 2014 – “Increasingly governments are realizing how important insurance related solutions can be for their low-income populations who are struggling with the effects of climate change. Based on the experiences with MCII’s work in the Caribbean, Jamaica, Grenada and Saint Lucia integrated microinsurance into their national legislation, which is an important milestone” explained Dr. Koko Warner, MCII Executive Director, “We are now working on inclusion in regional legislation and policy.” |Read more

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    Press release: UN University Calls on Countries to Prepare for Human Mobility as Climate Change Unfolds

    Lima, 9 December 2014 “From sea level rise in the Pacific island states to persistent droughts in the Horn of Africa, climate stressors are forcing people from their homes and countries need to be prepared,” states Dr. Koko Warner, senior scientist at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Migration (UNU-EHS). |Read more

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    What is the life cycle of e-waste?

    The 2014 E-waste Academy - Managers Edition (EWAM) took place 28 March - 1 April 2014 in El Salvador. The EWAM offered a 5-day interdisciplinary curriculum for e-waste policymakers and SMEs. The interactive programme included expert lectures, dismantling sessions, panel discussions and daily group work activities. |Read more

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    Third Resilience Academy: Call for Applications

    In the most vulnerable regions of our planet, the impact of extreme weather events such as floods, droughts and cyclones threaten lives and livelihoods. The most affected regions include large deltas, small islands and exposed coastal regions as well as arid and semiarid lands, and areas affected by glacier and permafrost melt. People on the frontlines of climate change face severe risks from extreme weather and slow onset processes, including coastal inundation, catastrophic floods, and extended drought conditions.  The Resilience Academy will provide a platform for connecting communities of expertise (early phase practitioners, academics and policy analysts), examining livelihood resilience in the face of extreme weather events and slow-onset environmental changes. |Read more

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    Media Advisory: Climate risk insurance, empowering vulnerable communities

    Who: Koko Warner, Executive Director, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII)

    Peter Höppe, Chair, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII)

    Christoph Bals, Vice-Chair, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII)

    What: Press briefing on climate risk insurance at COP 20 in Lima, Peru

    When: Thursday, 11 December 2014, 10:00-10:30 am

    Where: Press conference room 1 |Read more

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    UNU expert Thomas Abeling wins DKKV Young Researcher Award

    UNU expert and young researcher Thomas Abeling was awarded the “Young Researcher Award” for best presentation at the 14th Forum of the DKKV (Deutsches Komitee Katastrophenvorsorge) earlier this month. |Read more

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    The harsh reality of climate migration

    Our lead scientist Koko Warner talks about the devastating effect of migration due to Climate Change with ZDF in the clip above. As ZDF reports, the consequences of climate change have forced between 2008 and 2012 approximately 144 million people to leave their homes . And the number is growing. |Read more

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