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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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    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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    Media advisory: MCII - Building resilience with Climate Risk Insurance

    Press Briefing on Climate Risk Insurance during the Bonn Climate Change Conference. The Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII), is developing index insurance approaches for climate change related risks in an effort to offset the negative impacts of climate change on low-income populations. |Read more

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    PRESS RELEASE: Extreme weather drives displacement from the Horn of Africa

    UN University and Norwegian Refugee Council: Thousands of people at the Horn of Africa are at risk of being displaced across borders as extreme weather increases in frequency.    

    Bonn/Nairobi/Oslo- 21 May 2014 – Between 2008 and 2012, 144 million people were forced to leave their homes by sudden-onset disasters around the world. The vast majority of them fled from floods, storms and wildfires and others effects of climate change. Most remain in their countries as internally displaced people, but many also flee across the borders to other countries. |Read more

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    MCII/GIZ Workshop: Innovative Insurance Solutions for Climate Change in a Comprehensive Risk Management Approach – Developing a Toolkit

    12-13 May, Bonn, UN Campus -The Munich Climate Insurance Initiative ( MCII) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit ( GIZ ) will host a workshop to build on the experience gathered in 2013 and move the technical support by the expert community on risk transfer, insurance, risk management and adaptation to important policy making processes one step further. |Read more
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    UNU 2013 Annual Report

    For a snapshot of UNU's major initiatives and accomplishments in 2013, please click here. | Read more

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    EVENT INVITE: Leading climate change scientists present results from new IPCC report

    UNU-EHS in collaboration with the German Climate Service Center will present the results of the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 5th assessment report (IPCC AR5), Working Group II (WG II) on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. |Read more

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    Special journal issue: Connections between (changing) rainfall patterns, food and livelihood security, and human mobility (Open Access)

    This  Climate and Development Special Issue (Volume 6, Issue 1, 2014) entitled Connections between (changing) rainfall patterns, food and livelihood security, and human mobility: Evidence and a new analytical framework is guest edited by the Where the Rainfalls project Scientific Director, Dr. Koko Warner and features several UNU-EHS researchers. |Read more

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    REPORT LAUNCH: The World Risk Report 2013 - Health and Healthcare

    The 2013 World Risk Index (WRI 2013) is calculated by the United Nations University for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and featured in the 2013 World Risk Report (WRR 2013) published by the Alliance Development Works/Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft (BEH). The report 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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    REPORT LAUNCH: Climate change, rainfall patterns, livelihoods and migration in Cabricán, Guatemala

    3 April 2014, Guatemala City, Guatemala – A new report published by UNU-EHS and funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation found that changing rainfall patterns have a direct negative impact on local food and livelihood security in Cabricán, Guatemala.  To add to the severity of the problem local residents have no effective long-term coping or adaptation strategies (i.e. livelihood diversification and migration), which puts them at risk of being trapped in a place where they are increasingly more vulnerable to climate change. |Read more

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    PRESS NOTE: New project uses mobile data to understand climate impacts

    Barcelona, 26 February 2014 – The Mobile Data, Environmental Extremes and Population (MDEEP) project was presented today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. MDEEP is a first- time application of mobile call data records (CDR) to understand climate impacts by mapping population flows before and after an extreme weather event. | Read more

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