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    Press Release: UNU Convenes Expert Meetings on Resilience- Findings now published in Nature Climate Change

    Bonn, 18 December 2014 - The United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) is pleased to announce that the academic paper “Livelihood resilience in the face of climate change” developed as part of the 2013-2014 Resilience Academy is published by Nature Climate Change today. |Read more

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    Admissions Open: UNU & GIUB open applications for Joint Masters programme

    The United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the Department of Geography of the University of Bonn (GIUB) are pleased to announce the call for applications for the International Joint MSc Programme “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security”. |Read more

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    Press Release: Climate risk insurance - empowering vulnerable communities

    Lima, Peru, 11 December 2014 – “Increasingly governments are realizing how important insurance related solutions can be for their low-income populations who are struggling with the effects of climate change. Based on the experiences with MCII’s work in the Caribbean, Jamaica, Grenada and Saint Lucia integrated microinsurance into their national legislation, which is an important milestone” explained Dr. Koko Warner, MCII Executive Director, “We are now working on inclusion in regional legislation and policy.” |Read more

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    Press release: UN University Calls on Countries to Prepare for Human Mobility as Climate Change Unfolds

    Lima, 9 December 2014 “From sea level rise in the Pacific island states to persistent droughts in the Horn of Africa, climate stressors are forcing people from their homes and countries need to be prepared,” states Dr. Koko Warner, senior scientist at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Migration (UNU-EHS). |Read more

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    What is the life cycle of e-waste?

    The 2014 E-waste Academy - Managers Edition (EWAM) took place 28 March - 1 April 2014 in El Salvador. The EWAM offered a 5-day interdisciplinary curriculum for e-waste policymakers and SMEs. The interactive programme included expert lectures, dismantling sessions, panel discussions and daily group work activities. |Read more

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