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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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    United Nations University Signs on to Support REDD+ in Indonesia

    25 July 2014, Jakarta - The United Nations University (UNU) recently joined as an additional party to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of September 2011 between the Republic of Indonesia, and the United Nations System (UN System) establishing the framework for collaboration with respect to the development of the Indonesia’s REDD+ programme. |Read more

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    UNU-EHS and UPEACE officially launch online course on climate change and the law

    17 July 2014 -  UNU-EHS and UPEACE are officially inviting applications for a 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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    ANNOUNCEMENT: Koko Warner among top 20 women leading the climate change debate

    16 July 2014 - UNU-EHS's very own Koko Warner was named one of the top 20 women leading the climate change debate by the Road to Paris blog hosted by International Council for Science (ICSU). She was specifically recognized for her work in climate change and human migration, including her role as lead author on the recent IPCC report on adaptation. |Read more

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    ANNOUNCEMENT: Dr. Joern Birkmann joins the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Scientific Committee

    23 June 2014 - UNU-EHS is honored to announce that Dr. Joern Birkmann, head of the Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management & Adaptive Planning Section (VARMAP), has been invited to become a member of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Scientific Committee for a period of three years, until 2017. |Read more

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    INVITE: Global media forum workshop on mapping climate-induced displacement with mobile data

    In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan displaced an estimated four million people in the Philippines. Only a month earlier, cyclonic storm Phailin forced the government to evacuate nearly nine million people in Eastern India. As extreme weather events increase in frequency and severity, more and more people will be forced to leave their homes. Where do these displaced populations go? Is aid infrastructure in place when they arrive? Do they return home after the disaster has passed?

    Mobile Data, Environmental Extremes and Population (MDEEP) is a cutting-edge project at the junction of big data, climate change, and human welfare. It is the first time mobile call data records (CDRs) have been used to assess climate impacts. The research findings have strong implications for capacity building in disaster preparedness and response, as well as needs assessment. |Read more

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    A post 2015 world: Ecosystem management integral to climate resilient development

    Bogor, Indonesia - 18 June 2014 – An International Science-Policy  workshop organized by the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR), the Centre for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD), the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and the United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID) brought together over 70 researchers, policymakers and practitioners to explore how a focus on ecosystem management can integrate disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) and guide development policies in the 21st century. |Read more

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    UNU inaugurates UPEACE collaboration with online course on climate change and the law

    2 June 2014, Bonn, Costa Rica – The United Nations University has signed a Letter of Agreement with the University of Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica, beginning a collaboration between the two research and education institutions. |Read more

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    PRESS RELEASE: MCII - Building resilience with climate risk insurance

    Bonn, 6 June 2014- Damages from extreme weather events amount to US$ 1.3 billion in low-income countries and US $ 6.8 billion in lower middle income countries annually. During and after floods, storms and heavy rainfall, the most vulnerable communities are the hardest hit as they have limited or no coping capacity. |Read more

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    Press release: Human mobility and climate change adaptation - UN University and Nansen Initiative present new policy brief

    Human mobility in relation to climate change impacts is a reality today. In coming years, migration, displacement and planned relocation will demand larger‐scale operational planning and action. In response to this need, leading scholars, practitioners and professionals call on countries to feature human mobility in National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). |Read more

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    Media advisory: Human mobility and climate change adaptation - UNU and Nansen Initiative present new policy brief

    A first time look at how human mobility features in the national adaptation planning processes of developing and developed countries, with contributions from leading scholars, practitioners and professionals from the international policy process as well as updates from the Nansen Initiative consultations in the Pacific, Central America and the Greater Horn of Africa. |Read more

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