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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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“Measuring Vulnerability to Hazards of Natural Origin” - UNU-EHS Expert Working Group

The overall goal of the UNU-EHS Expert Working Group (UNU-EHS EWG) on Measuring Vulnerability is to promote the advancement of the concept of human security regarding vulnerability of societies to hazards of natural origin. In this context the development of methodologies, approaches and indicators to measure vulnerability is seen as a key task in order to promote a bridge between the theoretical conceptualization of vulnerability and its practical application in decision-making processes. The UNU-EHS Expert Working Group is an exchange platform for experts and practitioners from various scientific backgrounds and world regions dealing with the identification and measurement of vulnerability. Emphasis is given to the identification of the different features and characteristics of vulnerability, coping capacities and adaptation strategies of different social groups, economic sectors and environmental components.

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    Expert Working Group on Measuring Vulnerability: Development Pathways for Urban and Rural Coastal Zones

    From 12 until 16 July 2012, the 9th Meeting of the Expert Working Group on Measuring Vulnerability took place in Bogor, Indonesia. Jointly organized and hosted by UNU-EHS and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), it focused on Development Pathways for Urban and Rural Coastal Zones. | Read more