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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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    When systems collapse – tipping points in climate change and adaptation

    An interview with Dr. Matthias Garschagen, UNU-EHS senior expert, on why we need to look at complex systems to understand current and emerging climate threats and on his role at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) conference. | Read more

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    Conference report: Brick production, industrial development and land degradation

    What does brick production have to do with food security? At first glance, perhaps not so much. However, at the Dresden Nexus conference last week, UNU-EHS senior researcher Dr. Zita Sebesvari, along with experts from University of Bonn and University of Dhaka, set out to examine how brick production can lead to land degradation, and ultimately threaten food security. |Read more

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    PRESS RELEASE - MCII: 10 years of climate insurance innovation and policy change

    Bonn, 7 April 2015 - As countries gear up to finalize a new climate agreement in Paris, the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) celebrates its 10 year anniversary. Working on the ground with climate vulnerable communities, MCII brings lessons learned and practical expertise on implementing insurance to policy makers and governments. |Read more

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    Expert Meeting on Coastal Adaption in South East Asia a Success

    As part of the international workshop on “Climate and Societal Change in Coastal Areas in Indonesia and South East Asia” national and international experts met in Jakarta, Indonesia from 23-24 March to discuss how the region can best engage in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) in coastal areas. |Read more

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    UNU-EHS supports development of Pan African University campus in Algeria

    As part of the project “Higher Education Cooperation with the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change) (PAUWES),” UNU-EHS experts visited the university campus in Tlemen, Algeria to discuss how UNU-EHS can best provide essential inputs to the development of the PAUWES campus in Algeria. |Read more

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