Producing enough food for a rapidly growing population, and taking care of our planet are two of the world's biggest challenges.
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The Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) is an international and inter-governmental institution, owned and managed by its Member States, for the generation and application of early warning information.
RIMES evolved in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, to establish a regional early warning system within a multi-hazard framework and capacity building for preparedness and response to trans-boundary hazards.
It monitors and analyses seismic, sea level and deep ocean data, as well as providing earthquake alerts and regional tsunami bulletins. It also provides short term extreme weather information and long term seasonal climate estimations to National Meteorological and Hydrological Services. Finally, it also identifies risk management options and develops decision support tools.
The website is divided into six sections: societal application; earthquake & tsunami; weather & extreme events; water-related hazards; seasonal climate; and climate change. It provides an earthquake monitor, tsunami bulletins, and flood and drought forecasts, as well as a number of resources including papers, publications and newsletters.
The Water and Nature Initiative, supported by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, works with partners in more than 30 countries and aims to improve the management of water resources by using principles of ecosystem management.
The website provides free access to publications, toolkits on a range of topics, such as climate change adaptation and water financing, accounts of regional initiatives, as well as images and videos. Publications are available to download and can also be obtained as hard copies through the website.
The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) focuses on nutrition in early childhood and in pregnant and lactating women but it also tackles nutrition in emergency situations and in HIV-infected people. Its website provides an overview of its activities including providing nutrition security in emergencies, monitoring infant growth rates, distributing micronutrients and child feeding and care.
News updates from UNICEF as well as tables of statistics relating to children and nutrition are freely available as well as links to UNICEF publications and external links.
This website, run by the UN Development Programme, provides background information, and links to relevant documents, on climate change and adaptation, water governance, integrated water resources management, water supply and sanitation, capacity development and knowledge management.
UN-SPIDER promotes universal access to satellite data relevant to disaster management. It publishes information on the latest disasters around the world and coordinates Space Aid, through which countries can request satellites to collect data over affected areas.
The organisation also hosts a library of guides on capacity building, disaster management and space application, among other topics.
This organisation, established by Kofi Annan in 2004, promotes action on water and sanitation issues and monitor progress towards the Millennium Development Goal to halve the number of people without safe access to drinking water and sanitation by 2015. It publishes information from its meetings as well as an overview of the organisation's Hashimoto Action Plan, which outlines a set of action points for achieving water and sanitation security.
The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme) was established in July 2008, to help establish a REDD programme within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This website provides information on programme donors and projects, as well as links to other relevant sites and documents.
This is the official website for information sharing on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) and related topics, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This platform makes information provided by various stakeholders involved in UNFCCC processes available in the areas of technical assistance, demonstration activities, country specific information, and methods and tools. Details of relevant meetings and events are also included.
UNDP activities in Bhutan fall within the framework of the Millennium Development Goals. More specifically, UNDP's support in the area of energy and environment in Bhutan focuses on national conservation strategies and policies, local conservation initiatives that contribute to rural community development and poverty reduction, national capacity to address global environmental concerns, and natural disaster risk reduction.
The United Nations Millennium Project was established by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to recommend ways of achieving a target to reduce the number of people living in poverty before 2015. The project is divided into 10 task forces, and led by Jeffrey Sachs, a special advisor to Annan and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Task Force 6 is responsible for environmental sustainability, which includes biodiversity conservation.
The aim of the Water Governance Programme for Arab States (WGP-AS) is to improve the use and management of scarce water resources in Arab countries by promoting an integrated approach and supporting the achievements of the Millennium Development Goal 7.
It also addresses cross-cutting areas such as adaptation to climate change, trans-boundary water management and gender mainstreaming. The website publishes free-to-access reports, events, as well as information on past and current projects.
This website aggregates WHO publications on food safety and highlights relevant meetings and conferences. It includes links to the WHO initiative to estimate the global burden of foodborne diseases and links to the WHO's five keys to safer food that provides information and training material to improve food safety. Food safety, alongside nutrition and food security, is one of the WHO's strategic objectives for 2008–2013.
The World Bank's Land Resource Management Team's web page contains links to research and to bank-funded projects and publications in deforestation, desertification and soil degradation.