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Guest Article #145: Health Mobilizes Behind the Paris Agreement [viewed]

The Paris Agreement, adopted on 12 December 2015, marks the beginning of a new era in the global response to climate change. The world now has set out initial contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and a mechanism for ratcheting up these reductions; and national governments are currently in the ratification process. It is widely recognized that this Agreement is critical to safeguarding the planet. What is less well known is that this is probably the most important health agreement of the century.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: NAP Expo 2016 Underway, DRM Activities Enhance Urban Resilience [viewed]

adaptation_lost_damage11 July 2016: News in recent weeks related to climate change adaptation, disaster risk management (DRM) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) brought the issue of urban resilience to the forefront. NAP Expo 2016 and the Second Global Conference on Health and Climate contributed to the implementation of the Paris Agreement by giving renewed impetus to efforts to formulate and implement national adaptation plans (NAPs), and build healthier societies.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Regions Step up DRR Efforts and Resilience to El Niño, Human Mobility, Climate Change and Development Nexus Explored [viewed]

Adaptation_loss_and_damage30 June 2016: As May 2016 became the 13th consecutive month to break the global temperature records, the world's regions' need to adapt to the changing climate grew stronger. In 2015-2016, the periodic warming of the central to Eastern tropical Pacific, known as 'El Niño,' was the strongest since 1997-1998, causing some regions to receive more rain, and others to receive no precipitation. These changes impacted agriculture, food security and nutrition among the affected populations. During the past few weeks, the world's regions, States and sectors have redoubled adaptation efforts, focusing on building resilience and managing disaster risks. The news reported in this Update also demonstrate that the role of cooperation, innovation and knowledge dissemination in advancing climate change adaptation efforts cannot be underestimated.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Bonn Talks Focus on Adaptation Planning, Reporting, Implementation, Support [viewed]

who_wmo_ecosoc_fao31 May 2016: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and accompanying targets, has made it clear that climate change and sustainable development are inextricably linked. May 2016 news relating to adaptation and loss and damage brought out some of those interlinkages with particular prominence. Not only do events, publications and initiatives reported here contribute to the implementation of SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) generally, they also help implement a range of other SDGs and related targets.

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Environmental Degradation Leading Cause of Deaths Globally, Says UN Report [viewed]

Healthy Environment - Healthy People23 May 2016: Environmental degradation and pollution cause almost a quarter of all deaths, up to 234 times as many premature deaths as occur in conflicts annually and the deaths of more than 25% of all children under the age of five, according to a UN report released to coincide with the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2). The report, titled ‘Healthy Environment, Healthy People,' emphasizes the importance of a healthy environment to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and addresses dangers posed by air pollution, chemicals, climate change and other issues linking environmental quality to health.

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WHO Assessment Finds Unhealthy Environments Contribute to 12.6 Million Deaths Annually [viewed]

WHO15 March 2016: Environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation contribute to more than 100 types of diseases and injuries, amounting to 12.6 million people dying each year as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment, according to a global assessment undertaken by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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WHO, UNISDR Call for Integrating Health in DRR [viewed]

unisdr-who11 March 2016: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have called on national disaster management agencies to include health emergencies in their preparedness and response plans alongside earthquakes, floods and storms. The call was made during the International Conference on the Implementation of the Health Aspects of the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030, which brought together over 300 representatives from 54 governments, the health and disaster risk fields, and international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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WHO Predicts Increased Global Health Impacts Due to El Niño [viewed]

WHO22 January 2016: Severe drought, flooding, heavy rains and temperature rises are all known El Niño effects that can lead to food insecurity and malnutrition, disease outbreaks, water shortages and disruption of health services, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report indicates that the current 2015-2016 El Niño is predicted to be the worst in recent years and comparable to the 1997-1998 El Niño, which had major health consequences. WHO warns that the health implications of the 2015-2016 El Niño are expected to be more intense in developing countries, which have less capacity to reduce such impacts.

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UN:CC Learn, UN-HABITAT, WHO Launch E-Learning Modules [viewed]

UN CC:LearnUN-HABITATWHO3 December 2015: UN CC:Learn, the One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership, and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) launched an e-learning module on climate change and cities. In addition, UN:CC Learn and the World Health Organization (WHO) jointly developed and launched a learning module on climate change and health.

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UN Secretary-General Launches Climate Resilience Initiative [viewed]

cop2130 November 2015: At the opening of the Paris Climate Change Conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the launch of an initiative to build the resilience of the world's most vulnerable populations against impacts of climate change and natural disasters. Led by the Ban in collaboration with 13 UN entities, the initiative will enhance vulnerable populations' capacities to anticipate hazards, absorb shocks and reshape development to reduce risks.

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