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  • International Conference on Global Emergency Preparedness and Response

    Venue:IAEA Headquarters Vienna, Austria Monday, October 19, 2015 To Friday, October 23, 2015

    The International Conference on Global Emergency Preparedness and Response organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will take place on 19-23 October 2015 in Vienna, Austria. 
    The conference will provide a forum for networking and exchange of information and experiences, and will promote effective preparedness as a key to efficient response. 
    For those wishing to present at the conference, the online system for submitting synopses is now open and will close on 17 April 2015. 

  • International Conference for a Green and Inclusive Economy

    Venue:Centre International de Conférences Genève, 17 Rue de Varembé, 1211 GenevaTuesday, October 06, 2015 To Wednesday, October 07, 2015 09:00 - 18:00

    Join the discussion in Geneva to send strong messages to the Paris Climate Conference in December. The event is organised by Green Cross International and the Canton of Geneva.

  • World Humanitarian Day

    Wednesday, August 19, 2015 To Wednesday, August 19, 2015 00:00 - 23:50

    World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq.

    World Humanitarian Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe.

    This year, the UN and its humanitarian partners invite all of you to inspire the world’s humanity. The theme calls on you to join any of the world’s humanitarian organizations and become an active messenger of Humanity.

    The first day of action will be 19 August: World Humanitarian Day. This is a day to celebrate humanitarians around the world. In an effort to build a global sense of momentum, we will call on our Messengers of Humanity to take an important social action on this day and share them on your social networks and amplify the message.

    To get involved and to learn more about the campaign visit: www.worldhumanitarianday.org

  • Training on hazardous waste management in Tajikistan

    Venue:Shurob, TajikistanWednesday, June 24, 2015 To Thursday, June 25, 2015 09:00 - 18:00

    In June 2015 two-day training on debris and hazardous waste management was delivered in Shurob, a coal mining town in Sughd province of Tajikistan.
    The training saw participation of 16 residents (5 women and 11 men) – municipal workers, students, construction workers, electricians, unemployed, students and housewives. The first day of the training focused on occupational health and safety and risk assessments. Theory was followed by practical work in the field - while participants evaluated risks, others started moving some rubble to expand the town flood barrier. The second day focused on asbestos waste management, with training participants engaging in practical asbestos disposal activities. Additionally demolition work was initiated.
    The training was very well received by participants, with 100% rating it as excellent. However, challenges remain: many houses are in poor condition and need a detailed structural assessment before deciding whether they can be refurbished or should be demolished. Funding for this, and water supply in the town, are the priority issues.

  • National Training on Environmental Emergencies and FEAT Integration

    Venue:Yerevan, ArmeniaMonday, June 15, 2015 To Monday, June 15, 2015 09:00 - 18:00

    The Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU) delivered a one-day classroom training on Environmental Emergencies and FEAT Integration for the teaching staff of the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations (MoTAES) Crisis Management State Academy, representatives of MoTAES, regional Aarhus Centers, DRR National Platform of Armenia, UNICEF, Oxfam and students of the American University of Armenia. 
    The Training was attended by 41 participants and covered the following modules: Introduction to Environmental Emergencies, International Response, Technological Hazards and Disasters, Introduction to Flash Environmental Assessment Tool (FEAT) and practical exercises, Preparing for Environmental Emergencies and the Environmental Emergencies Centre. Participants appreciated the interactive nature of the training and showed interest in using training materials in their own trainings and programmes. 
    The training contained a lot of group work and desktop exercises focusing on environmental emergencies preparedness and response and understanding the FEAT methodology (how to use the FEAT tables). At the end of the training, representatives of each institution filled out the Training Needs Assessment Form which will enable the JEU to conduct a Training of Trainers (ToT) in Armenia preliminary scheduled for early October 2015. 

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