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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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    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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    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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