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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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    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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    Pushed to the limit: Evidence of climate change-related loss and damage when people face constraints and limits to adaptation

    New empirical evidence from nine research sites presented in Volume 1 (Warner et al., 2012b) and Volume 2 (this publication) show that loss and damage occurs when there are barriers that impede planning and implementation of adaptation, and when physical and social limits to adaptation are reached or exceeded.

    Report No. 11 | Read more

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    Loss and damage from climate change is already happening, says UNU report

    Bonn, 7 November 2013 - In the lead up to the high-level Climate Conference COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland the United Nations University’s Institute for Environment and Human Security today released a new research report focusing on the loss and damage that climate change is already causing. The report finds that despite adaptation efforts, vulnerable communities are experiencing loss and damage that are threatening their most fundamental needs, livelihood and food security. |Read more

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    Umweltrisiken und Sicherheit des Menschen im Fokus:Universität Bonn und United Nations University eröffnen gemeinsamen Master-Studiengang

    Bonn, 6. November 2013 - In einer Feierstunde im Alfred-Philippson-Hörsaal des Geographischen Instituts gaben der Rektor der Universität Bonn, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Fohrmann, und UNU-Vize-Rektor der United Nations University (UNU) in Europa, Prof. Dr. Jakob Rhyner, im Beisein von NRW-Wissenschaftsministerin Svenja Schulze den Startschuss für den ersten gemeinsamen Master-Studiengang einer staatlichen Hochschule mit der UN-Institution. |Read more

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    Focus on environmental risks and human security: University of Bonn and United Nations University launch joint Master's programme

    6 November 2013, Bonn - In a festive ceremony held in the Alfred Philippson Auditorium of the University of Bonn, Department of Geography, the Rector of the University of Bonn, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Fohrmann, and the Vice Rector of the United Nations University (UNU-ViE) in Europe, Prof. Dr. Jakob Rhyner, in the presence of the Science Minister of NRW, Svenja Schulze, inaugurated the first joint Master's programme organized by a state university in cooperation with a UN institution. |Read more

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    United Nations University und Universität Bonn eröffnen gemeinsamen Master-Studiengang - Umweltrisiken und Sicherheit des Menschen im Fokus

    Die Folgen von Klimawandel, Naturgefahren und globalem gesellschaftlichen Wandel zu erkennen und zu bewältigen ist eine bedeutende Zukunftsaufgabe. Experten, die für den Umgang mit diesen Herausforderungen ausgebildet  sind, kommen künftig aus Bonn: Hier eröffnen am kommenden Mittwoch, 6. November, die Universität Bonn und die United Nations University (UNU) ihren ersten gemeinsamen Master-Studiengang „Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security“. |Read more

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    Media Advisory - Pushed to the limit: Climate change-related loss and damage happening now - Vulnerable communities experiencing adaptation limits and constraints

    Release of new evidence on loss and damage: Climate change-related loss and damage threatens livelihood and food security of vulnerable communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Nepal |Read more

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    New report: CLICO project report on climate change, water conflicts and human security in the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Sahel

    October 2013, Bonn, Germany – A new report published by UNU-EHS synthesizes the research and findings of the three-year CLICO project on climate change, hydro-conflicts and human security. The report found that political, economic and social factors played a larger role in triggering water-related-conflicts than climate change-related factors. | Read more

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    Start of DAAD Alumni Summer School 2013: Coping with Disasters and Extreme Events

    From 4-8 Nov, 20 participants from 17 countries and various experts will come together in Bonn and Cologne to identify challenges and opportunities for cooperation in the growing field of Disaster Risk and Climate Change Adaptation. |Read more

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    Joint press release: Landmark project to counteract deteriorating water quality in ecosystems launched at the Budapest Water Summit

    BUDAPEST, 10 October 2013 – In an attempt to improve the sustainable management of global water resources, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the Global Water Systems Project (GWSP) will launch the International Water Quality Guidelines for Ecosystems (IWQGES) project today at the Budapest Water Summit|Read more

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