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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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Janine Kandel

Information and Communications Officer

Tel.: + 49-228-815-0219

Fax: + 49-228-815-0299



Sijia Yi

Communication Associate

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Latest press activities

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    PRESSEMITTEILUNG: Der Weltrisikobericht 2014

    Erstmals untersucht der WeltRisikoBericht auch das Katastrophenrisiko in städtischen Räumen.

    Berlin, 16. September 2014 – Welchen Einfluss hat die Urbanisierung auf die gesellschaftliche Verwundbarkeit gegenüber Naturgefahren? So lautet nur eine wichtige Frage, die der neue WeltRisikoBericht stellt – und auch beantwortet. Am 16. September wird die komplett neu erstellte vierte Ausgabe veröffentlicht, herausgegeben vom Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft und der Universität der Vereinten Nationen, Institut für Umwelt und menschliche Sicherheit. |Read more

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    PRESS RELEASE: MCII - Building resilience with climate risk insurance

    Bonn, 6 June 2014- Damages from extreme weather events amount to US$ 1.3 billion in low-income countries and US $ 6.8 billion in lower middle income countries annually. During and after floods, storms and heavy rainfall, the most vulnerable communities are the hardest hit as they have limited or no coping capacity. |Read more

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    Press release: Human mobility and climate change adaptation - UN University and Nansen Initiative present new policy brief

    Human mobility in relation to climate change impacts is a reality today. In coming years, migration, displacement and planned relocation will demand larger‐scale operational planning and action. In response to this need, leading scholars, practitioners and professionals call on countries to feature human mobility in National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). |Read more