Montreal

Reality "catching up" with short-term thinking on development: UNDP

When it comes to the whole “action agenda” on sustainable development, “reality is catching up” with governments which fail to think long-term.

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Private sector “key role” in reducing disaster risk “collectively”

The private sector has a key role in reducing disaster risk as part of a “collective” process involving all parts of society.

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“Inseparable” man and dog rescue team are UN conference celebrities

The “inseparable” rescue team of Kit Huffer and his canine companion Baillie, have become the conference celebrity couple everyone wants to meet in Montreal this week.

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Teachers shouldn’t be responsible for disaster planning too: UNESCO

Schoolteachers have enough on their plate in the classroom, without being expected to be disaster risk managers too.

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“Silent disasters” that destroy crops, too often ignored: FAO

When it comes to preserving crops and agricultural livelihoods, “silent disasters” often go un-reported and can be more numerous and more destructive than hurricanes or floods.

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Indigenous “specialized knowledge” aids disaster response: Arctic mayor

The “specialized traditional ecological knowledge” of indigenous communities is important to effective disaster response, according to one mayor from the eastern Arctic, speaking at a UN regional conference on the issue.

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Progress on reducing disaster risk “but not nearly enough”

There’s been “enormous progress” in reducing the risks associated with disasters throughout the world “but not nearly enough”.

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Disaster Risk Reduction plan takes centre stage in Montreal

A regional action plan for the Americas to reduce the risks posed by disaster will be at the top of the agenda in the Canadian city of Montreal this week, when a UN-led conference gets underway.

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21st Century to be based on cities, not countries: Montréal mayor

National politics are important “but the 21st Century will be based on cities” and not countries, according to the mayor of Canada’s second city, Montréal.

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Global aviation industry signs “historic” deal to cut emissions

The global aviation industry has reached a “historic” deal to cut harmful greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, a senior official with the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has said.

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