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    Call for Applications - DAAD Alumni Summer School: Coping with Disasters and Climate Extremes

    The 2013 DAAD Alumni Summer School explores issues on disasters and climate extremes from an interdisciplinary perspective with particular focus on climatic, environmental and human factors. | Read more

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    Training module on Disaster Risk Reduction in West Africa: UNU-EHS, UN OCHA ROWCA and the Togolese Red Cross join forces

    From 10 to 21 June 2013 UNU-EHS organized a training module in Lomé, Togo, where 10 students from the WASCAL Project (West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) were trained on humanitarian coordination and emergency preparedness and response procedures. |Read more

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    Quality in e-Learning

    Since 2008 UNU has been involved in Open ECBCheck, a global initiative for quality in e-Learning. Together with a number of UN agencies and other international bodies dealing with capacity building initiatives and programs, this community has put together a quality standard and developed a quality label applicable for ICT. |Read more

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    James Cockayne Appointed as Head of UNU-ONY

    Mr. James Cockayne of Australia has been appointed as Head of the UNU Office at the United Nations in New York (UNU-ONY). Mr. Cockayne previously worked at the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation, where he led its operations in New York and Africa, and at the International Peace Institute, where he worked with UN and government officials on climate change, poverty and biosecurity. |Read more

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    UNU-EHS hosts first training school: Field research methods (qualitative and quantitative) in environmentally induced migration

    From the 8th - 12th of July, 2013 UNU-EHS with the support of  the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) hosted the first Training School, “Field Research Methods (Qualitative and Quantitative) in Environmentally Induced Migration”. The Training School convened 11 Ph.D. and Masters students from nine different countries representing three continents. |Read more

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    Bonn Dialogues – Climate change: Non-economic loss and damage

    The 13th Bonn Dialogues held on 10 June 2013, brought together experts spanning the diverse fields of academia, humanitarian aid and policy, to discuss the nature of non-economic loss and damage, its implications for affected communities and its role in policymaking. The expert panel discussion on climate change related non-economic loss and damage was hosted by UNU-EHS and the German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV). |Read more

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    Final WISDOM PhD Seminar

    Organized and hosted by UNU-EHS, the third PhD Scientific Seminar of WISDOM’s second project phase took place from June 10-12, 2013 at the UN Campus in Bonn. |Read more

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    UNFCCC climate talks - Science perspectives on loss and damage

    On Tuesday 4 June 2013, UNU organized a side event on climate change related loss and damage that explored climate change realities in different regions around the world, a new policy framework to address loss and damage and non-economic loss and damage. |Read more

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    Call for applications - The resilience academy: Exploring livelihood resilience

    The Resilience Academy:

    In the most vulnerable regions of our planet, the impacts of extreme weather events such as floods and droughts 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. 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 local and regional realities,and co-creating concepts to foster resilience.

    Dates and locations:

    Bangladesh: Dhaka, 15–21 September 2013

    Germany: Munich, 2014 |Read more

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    Public symposium: non-economic loss and damage from climate change

    The 13th Bonn Dialogues panel discussion will discuss the role of non-economic loss and damage, its impacts on societies and current evidence. The public symposium takes place on Monday, 10 June 2013 at 6 p.m. at Deutsche Welle. Please register via - all welcome!

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