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WB/IMF Global Monitoring Report 2012Thw World Bank and IMF Global Monitoring Report 2012 Says Developing World Lags on Global Targets Related to Food and Nutrition

The World Bank and IMF presented their annual flagship - the Global Monitoring Report 2012  in Brussels on April 24 in a panel discussion organized by the World Bank Brussels Office with lead authors Jos Verbeek (World Bank) and Brad McDonald (IMF), as well as EC and civil society representatives. This year’s report analyzes the impact of the food price spikes of 2007/08 and 2011 on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. During the lively discussion, Jean-Pierre Halkin (European Commission, DG DEVCO, Head of Unit for Rural Development, Food Security & Nutrition) stressed the importance of enhancing regional trade integration and of helping smallholders to connect to world markets. Natalia Alonso (Head of Oxfam International’s EU Office) underscored the need to review the role of biofuel production and price speculation in the recent food crises and to set up or reinforce social safety nets in developing countries to absorb the short-term shocks caused by the latter. To download the full report (pdf), please click here
See also press reports:
Lead Author Jos Verbeek speaks to Canal Z 
Deutsche Welle interview
Mo* Magazine
La Libre Belgique article 

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Cities and FloodingLaunch Event of "Cities and Flooding: A Guide to Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management for the 21st Century" - April 25

The World Bank in Brussels will launch the new World Bank guide on urban flood management, with the participation of its main author, Mr. Abhas Jha, World Bank DRM Regional Coordinator for East Asia and Pacific. The event will include a panel discussion comprising of MEP Gay Mitchell, the ICLEI network of cities, the Ambassador of Thailand (tbc) and Mr. Eduardo Sorribes-Manzana, Head of Sector for Urban Infrastructures at DG Development and Cooperation Europeaid, European Commision. It will be moderated by the UNISDR Regional coordinator Paola Albrito.


Date: Wednesday 25 April 2012
Location: World Bank office, Avenue Marnix 17 (2nd floor), Brussels (see map)

Registration: 09.30am
Time: 10am – 12.30pm
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Urban flooding is a serious and growing development challenge, particularly for the residents of the rapidly expanding towns and cities in developing countries. Against the backdrop of demographic growth, urbanization trends and climate changes, the causes of floods are shifting and their impacts are accelerating. The occurrence of floods is the most frequent among all natural disasters globally. In 2010 alone, 178 million people were affected by floods. The total losses in exceptional years such as 1998 and 2010 exceeded $40 billion.

This Guide provides forward-looking operational guidance on how to manage the risk of floods in a quickly transforming urban environment and changeable climate. It takes a strategic approach to managing flood risk, in which appropriate measures are assessed, selected and integrated in a process that both informs and involves a full range of stakeholders. Illustrated with over fifty case studies, a series of “how-to” sections and a set of guiding policy principles, the Guide embodies the state-of-the-art on integrated urban flood risk management. Comprehensive and user-friendly, the Guide serves as a primer for decision and policy makers, technical specialists, central, regional and local government officials, and concerned stakeholders in the community sector, civil society and non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

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