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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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Risk Index Maps World´s Disaster Hot Spots - DW-World.de

16.06.2011. At the beginning of 2010, earthquakes rocked first Haiti, then Chile. In Haiti, 200,000 people died; in Chile, 500. The reasons for this, and what can be done to reduce the dangers of extreme natural events, are the subject of the new "World Risk Report." Extreme natural events don't lead to the same level of disaster in every country. The reasons for this,and what can be done to reduce society's vulnerability, are the subject of the "WorldRiskReport." In their report, the Alliance Development Works – a federation of several German aid agencies – along with the United Nations University in Bonn, calculated a natural disaster risk value for 173 countries worldwide.

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