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    PRESS RELEASE: Online UNU Migration Network Launches Today

    A portal to showcase cutting-edge migration research for policymakers

    10 February 2014, Barcelona — The United Nations University (UNU) announces the launch today of the UNU Migration Network . |Read more
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    Families affected by tropical storm receive first ever insurance payout

    Policy holders of the Livelihood Protection Policy (LPP) in St. Lucia, Caribbean, received their first ever insurance payouts this month, following a tropical storm that hit the region during the holiday season. |Read more

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    Invitation to Seminar Series – Risk and Uncertainty for Sustainable Development

    The Center for Development Research (ZEF), the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), and the Bonn International Conversion Center (BICC) jointly organize a seminar series on Risk and Uncertainty for Sustainable Development. The seminar series addresses opportunities, risks and uncertainties for development. It provides a forum for agenda setting and discussion on related themes with leading experts in this field of research and policy. |Read more

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    New Report - Climate Risk Adaptation and Insurance: Reducing vulnerability and sustaining the livelihoods of low-income communities

    January 2014 – A new report by the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) and published by UNU-EHS, takes a close look at climate risk insurance and the role it can play in reducing social vulnerability and poverty in affected populations.  The report provides decision makers with a useful handbook on risk management and risk transfer (with a focus on insurance) in the Caribbean. |Read more

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    Call for Applications: Master of Science Programme “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security”

    Deadline: 28 February 2014

    The United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the University of Bonn are pleased to announce the call for applications for the Joint International MSc Programme “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security”. |Read more

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    Second Call for Abstracts: International Science – Policy workshop 2014

    Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation: guiding development policies in the 21st century

    Jakarta/Bogor, Indonesia, 16-18 June 2014 - Four years after its first workshop held in Bonn, 2010, which led to the publication “The Role of Ecosystems in Disaster Risk Reduction” (2013), the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR), the Centre for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD) and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) is inviting researchers, policy makers and practitioners to a Science-Policy workshop to share success stories and discuss how the science and evidence-base of ecosystem-based DRR/CCA could more effectively inform and influence development decisions. |Read more

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    COP 19: Significance of the Warsaw International Mechanism - A legitimate policy space for loss and damage widens and deepens

    The outcome is a notable step forward because it creates a legitimate policy space to discuss and address the negative consequences of climate change if society´s efforts to mitigate and adapt are not sufficient. What values are at risk—like food and livelihood security, culture, habitable territory—and what changes could society undergo when those values are threatened? |Read more
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    New report (in German): Abschätzung der Verwundbarkeit gegenüber Hitzewellen und Starkregen

    Bonn, 28 November 2013 – Die Universität der Vereinten Nationen (UNU) und das Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe (BBK) haben untersucht, welche Folgen extreme Wetterereignisse für Kommunen haben. Die Forschungsergebnisse stehen nun im Leitfaden „Abschätzung der Verwundbarkeit gegenüber Hitzewellen und Starkregen“ zur Verfügung. |Read more

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    The Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement within States

    November 2013, Bonn, Germany - Dr. Tamer Afifi (Environmental Migration and Social Vulnerability and Adaptation Section) attended an event organized by in Red Hill from 16th – 18th of August to participate in drafting the Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement within States. |Read more

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    New Report: “Innovative Insurance Solutions for Climate Change: How to integrate climate risk insurance into a comprehensive climate risk management approach”

    November 2013, Bonn, Germany – A new report by the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) examines how insurance fits into a country’s comprehensive climate risk management strategy. |Read more

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