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Green Star Awards Winners 2017

Events

Green Star Awards for Excellence in Preparedness, Prevention & Response to Environmental Emergencies The Green Star Awards is a collaborative initiative between the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Green Cross International. The purpose of the Green Star Awards (GSA) event is to recognize…

JEU & MSB Workshop – Call for action for better disaster waste management

Events

This workshop hosted by the UNEP/OCHA Joint Unit and MSB called for greater action regarding disaster waste management. Disaster waste presents a major impediment to rescue operations and the delivery of humanitarian aid. It poses a risk not only to the health and safety of humans, but also to the…

UN Environment/OCHA Joint Unit (JEU) Missions in 2016

Initiatives

The UN Environment/OCHA Joint Unit (JEU) facilitated 10 missions in 2016, providing support and expertise on environmental emergency assessments, and conducting training that delivers knowledge and understanding of effective response to environmental emergencies. JEU also provided technical experts with specialized skills to UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC)…

30th anniversary – Chernobyl disaster

News

Thirty years on, the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl still has an important impact on the lives of people in Belarus, Ukraine and the Russian Federation. However, communities have shown unparalleled resolve to chart a more sustainable future. In light of the anniversary, a conference was held to highlight…

MSB Workshop – Disaster Waste Management

News

In March 2016, a three-day workshop on the topic of “disaster waste management generated during typhoons, earthquakes and conflicts” was organised by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) in Sweden. The MSB stand-by roster personnel was the main target audience. Sweden experts shared experience in regards to disaster waste…

Environmental Emergencies Preparedness and FEAT Training – Tbilisi, Georgia

News

In late November 2015, the UNEP/OCHA Joint Unit delivered a three-day training on Environmental Emergencies Preparedness and the Flash Environmental Assessment Tool (FEAT) in Tbilisi, Georgia on 24-26 November 2015. The training saw participation of 30 representatives of the Emergency Management Agency, Ministries of Environment and Natural Resources…

Bento Rodrigues Mining Dam Collapse – Brazil

News

On 5 November 2015, two iron ore tailing dams collapsed in Minas Gerais State, Brazil, spilling liquid waste into the town of Bento Rodrigues. Nine people were killed and thousands have been affected. Bento Rodrigues is located in southeastern Brazil, with a population of 620. The town hosts an iron…

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