Adaptation

Peru Holds First Latin American Civil Society Dialogue Ahead of COP 20 [viewed]

cop2014 May 2014: As part of preparations for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, the Government of Peru organized the first session of its 'Dialogue between the Next Presidency of the COP 20/CMP 10 and Latin American Civil Society.' UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and Peru's Minister of the Environment Manuel Pulgar-Vidal spoke with Latin American civil society organizations (CSOs) about their expectations for COP 20.

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Event: Nansen Initiative Regional Consultation on Natural Hazards, Climate Change and Cross-border Displacement in the Greater Horn of Africa: Protecting People on the Move [viewed]

This Nansen Initiative Regional Consultation on 'Natural Hazards, Climate Change, and Cross-border Displacement in the Greater Horn of Africa: Protecting People on the Move' will explore the issue of cross-border displacement as a result of disasters in the region. The event is being hosted by the Government of Kenya and will bring together representatives of governments, regional organizations, such as the African Union (AU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), UN agencies, Red Cross Societies, community- and faith-based organizations, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other stakeholders working on issues related to displacement, disaster risk reduction (DRR), disaster management, climate change adaptation, human rights and migration. The Consultation will begin with a technical workshop, followed by a dialogue on the workshop's outcomes and agreement for follow-up. The objectives of the Consultation are to: increase knowledge regarding displacement and human mobility dynamics in the region; identify challenges related to disasters and displacement; and develop concrete outcomes to enhance the region's preparedness and response to these challenges. An outcome document is expected to identify common displacement challenges in the context of disasters and climate change in region and recommendations on how to address them. The Nansen Initiative is a State-led consultative process intended to build consensus on developing a protection agenda addressing the needs of people displaced across international borders by natural disasters, including those linked to the impacts of climate change. In 2015, outcomes from the five Nansen Initiative regional consultations will be jointly addressed during a global intergovernmental meeting, where elements of a proposed “protection agenda” addressing cross-border displacement in the context of disasters will be discussed.  

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ICRAF Partners for Agroforestry in Africa and Asia [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)14 May 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has announced a national partnership in Indonesia and a regional partnership in Africa. The partnerships aim to, respectively, provide farmers and communities with access to ICRAF research and support the implementation of climate-smart agriculture. 

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China Supports International Cooperation on DRR [viewed]

UNISDR13 May 2014: China has indicated it will support stronger international cooperation to prevent and reduce the impact of disasters in the lead up to the successor agreement to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) on disaster risk reduction (DRR) to be adopted in 2015. The announcement was made during the 5th National Forum on Comprehensive Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development, which highlighted the need to strengthen international financing mechanisms for DRR, among other things.

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UNFCCC Publishes GEF Report on Technology Transfer [viewed]

GEF UNFCCC9 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a Global Environment Facility (GEF) report on progress made in implementing the Poznan Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer and on consultations with the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.3), in preparation for the 40th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 40).

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UNDP Cap-Net Workshop Highlights IWRM as Adaptation Tool [viewed]

CAP NET UNDP7 May 2014: Cap-Net Brasil, a member of the International Network for Capacity Building in Sustainable Water Resources Management (Cap-Net), held the first of two training workshops on using integrated water resources management (IWRM) as a climate change adaptation tool.

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UNEP, China Collaborate on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

UNEP10 May 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and China will collaborate to enhance South-South cooperation on climate change adaptation, according to a high-level agreement endorsed by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Through the agreement, UNEP and China agree to harness their “strengths, capacities and resources” to assist countries in the Global South with the fight against climate change.

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EU, GIZ Support Climate Resilience, Energy Security in the Pacific [viewed]

giz-eu9 May 2014: The EU and the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) have signed an agreement to support 15 Pacific island countries in adapting to climate change impacts through sustainable livelihoods and in reducing their dependence on fossil fuels. The €18.6 million agreement will fund the first of a three-part, €35 million programme on ‘Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy' (ACSE), designed to promote energy security at all levels.

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UNECE Region Agrees on Scope, Objectives for Sustainable Housing Charter [viewed]

UNECE8 May 2014: Government Ministers and Agency Heads from 27 countries agreed on the scope and objectives for a Charter on Sustainable Housing in the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region, at the First Informal Meeting of the Committee on Housing and Land Management. The Charter is expected to support the long-term sustainability of the housing sector and the building of green, socially inclusive human settlements.

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Guest Article #106: Turning the 'Biggest Global Health Threat' in to our Biggest Global Health Opportunity [viewed]

Late March of this year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the second part of its Fifth Assessment Report, AR5 Working Group II (WGII). The Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA) has recently released its briefing, outlining the implications of the IPCC report for public health and health professionals.

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