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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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    INVITATION: UNU-EHS at IDRC Davos 2014

    25 August 2014, Davos, Switzerland - Joern Birkmann, Joanna Pardoe and Thomas Abeling of UNU-EHS (Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management & Adaptive Planning Section section) will be presenting  at the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) Davos 2014. | Read more

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    INVITATION: 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) Davos 2014

    The IDRC Davos 2014 attempts to find solutions to today’s challenges by managing risks, reducing disasters and adapting to climate change. |Read more
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    UNU-EHS and UPEACE officially launch online course on climate change and the law

    17 July 2014 -  UNU-EHS and UPEACE are officially inviting applications for a new certificate online training course on the topic of “Climate Change, International Law and Human Security”. This six week online course will be co-taught by experts from both institutions and will take place from October 6 to November 14, 2014. |Read more

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    ANNOUNCEMENT: Koko Warner among top 20 women leading the climate change debate

    16 July 2014 - UNU-EHS's very own Koko Warner was named one of the top 20 women leading the climate change debate by the Road to Paris blog hosted by International Council for Science (ICSU). She was specifically recognized for her work in climate change and human migration, including her role as lead author on the recent IPCC report on adaptation. |Read more

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    ANNOUNCEMENT: Dr. Joern Birkmann joins the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Scientific Committee

    23 June 2014 - UNU-EHS is honored to announce that Dr. Joern Birkmann, head of the Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management & Adaptive Planning Section (VARMAP), has been invited to become a member of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Scientific Committee for a period of three years, until 2017. |Read more

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