The United Nations USA - East Bay Chapter Global Citizen Awards is seeking nominations (self nominations welcome) for individuals, NGOs, organization/groups, private enterprises and faith based groups (based in the East Bay) whose humanitarian efforts displayed impact on displaced persons/refugees outside of the U.S. For information or questions, phone (510) 864-9005, or see www.UNAusaEastBay.org
Philippine Senator Loren Legarda has been named the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNISDR) Global Champion for Resilience. Legarda’s appointment was announced by Margareta Wahlstrom, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, on November 30 at the Climate Vulnerable Forum High Level Meeting at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference or COP21. The senator, a regional champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia-Pacific since 2008, was recognized for being “an outspoken and consistent champion for the need to rethink development and work with all stakeholders and in many sectors to prevent and reduce risk,” Wahlstrom said in a speech delivered at the Paris conference. News story from Inquirer.net.