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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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    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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    Pressemitteilung: BBK und UNU unterzeichnen Kooperationsvertrag

    Christoph Unger, Präsident des Bundesamtes für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe (BBK), und Professor Dr. Jakob Rhyner, Direktor des Institutes für Umwelt und menschliche Sicherheit der Universität der Vereinten Nationen (UNU-EHS), haben heute einen Kooperationsvertrag unterzeichnet. |Read more

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    Presseeinladung: Bevölkerungsschutz in der internationalen Ausbildung - BBK und UNU schließen Kooperationsvertrag

    Am Montag, den 10. November 2014 werden Christoph Unger, Präsident des BBK, und Professor Dr. Jakob Rhyner, Direktor des UNU Institutes für Umwelt und menschliche Sicherheit, den Vertrag unterzeichnen. |Read more

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    MECLEP Project: first study visit to Haiti

    The first Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (MECLEP) project study visit in Haiti, was conducted in mid-September 2014 by Andrea Milan from the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and Susanne Melde from the International Organization for Migration (IOM). |Read more

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    World Risk Report 2014

    The 2014 World Risk Report (WRR 2014) published by UNU-EHS and the Alliance Development Works/Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft (BEH) systematically considers a country’s vulnerability, and its exposure to natural hazards to determine a ranking of countries around the world based on their disaster risk. |Read more

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    Accepting final applications!:UNU-EHS and UPEACE online course on climate change and the law

    A few spots are still available for the UNU-EHS and UPEACE new certificate online training course on the topic of “Climate Change, International Law and Human Security”. This six week online course will be co-taught by experts from both institutions and will take place from October 6 to November 14, 2014. |Read more

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