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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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    No need for luck to survive: Why we should care about Disaster Risk Reduction

    I would like to introduce Bonna,a girl born one November night in 2007 in Mazer Char, a coastal village in Pirozpur District of Khulna.  It wasn't just any November night and Bonna isn't just any name. People in southern Bangladesh use ‘bonna’ to describe flood and cyclone.   | Read more

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    Training course on climate variability and disaster risk reduction in Jakarta, Indonesia

    25-28 March 2015 – For the first time, UNU-EHS is running a four-day training course in Jakarta, Indonesia, in collaboration with Institut Pertanian Bogor, Indonesia. The course is on Climate Variability and Disaster Risk Reduction and is attended by 34 postgraduate students (18 female and 16 male). |Read more

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    INTERVIEW with Koko Warner - People on the move: migration in the face of climate change

    Put aside any prophecy of doom. Let’s talk about something that could be used as a resilience-enhancing strategy. Something that could help to prevent people from being forced to move later on. Something that  does not exclusively belong to our time and has always taken place in the past; a topic that lies in the area of collaboration between climate science and policy. To learn  more about climate induced migrations, we asked Koko Warner some questions. | Read more

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    Participatory scenario workshops on adaptation pathways in the coastal megacities Lagos, London and Kolkata

    In coastal megacities, strong population pressure, demographic change and high socio-economic vulnerability are typically met with great exposure to natural hazards including heat waves, flooding, storm surges and sea level rise. How will coastal megacities adapt to these new challenges? What adaptation pathways will be most effective and what risk management measures need to be put in place now and in the future? These questions are addressed by the Transformation and Resilience on Urban Coasts (TRUC) project. |Read more

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    A Year in Review: 2014 Joint Master in Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security Programme Recap

    The start of the New Year and a new call for applications for the UNU-EHS / University of Bonn Joint MSc brings about a time for reflection.

    2014 was a year of transition, from changing programme coordinators to welcoming our second class of Master’s students. Our new class of 22 MSc. students come from as far as Taiwan and Kenya and as close as right here in Bonn. |Read more

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    EVENT: World water day 2015 lecture

    Join UNU-EHS at the next Water Lecture on the topic “Water and Sustainable Development: Positioning Water and Capacity Development in the Sustainable Development Goals” which will take place at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) in Bonn on 19 March 2015, from 17:00 to 18:30 hours. |Read more

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    UNU-EHS at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

    The 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) will take place in Sendai, Japan from the 14-18 March. The conference is expected to culminate in the adoption of a new global framework, which will mark a milestone in disaster risk reduction over the next decade. |Read more

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    Call for Applications: UNU-EHS and UPEACE online course on Climate Change, International Law and Human Security

    The University for Peace (UPEACE) and UNU-EHS are pleased to invite applications for a new certificate online training course on the topic of “Climate Change, International Law and Human Security”. This six weeks online course will be co-taught by experts from both institutions and will take place from April 8th to May 19th, 2015. |Read more

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    Press Release: Global change – DLR and the United Nations University agree on closer cooperation

    The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the United Nations University (UNU) have agreed to continue to strengthen their cooperation |Read more

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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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