Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Climate change is projected to increase the severity and frequency of extreme weather events. This section covers issues of climate-related risks, adaptation to disasters, and the incorporation of risk management that addresses disaster and climate risks into development processes.

Capacity Building and Technology Update: Technology Action Plan Guidance Enhances Paris Agreement Implementation [viewed]

capacity_building_technology21 August 2016: In Paris, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC requested the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to initiate the elaboration of the technology framework established under the Paris Agreement, which, among other things, should facilitate the undertaking and updating of technology needs assessments (TNAs), as well as the enhanced implementation of their results. An enhanced guidance issued by the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) for preparing a technology action plan (TAP) supports the new technology framework as well as Parties' long-term vision on technology development and transfer reflected in the Paris Agreement.

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World Bank Approves Environmental and Social Framework Inclusive of Ten Safeguards [viewed]

world_bank_new4 August 2016: An Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) meant to expand the protection of people and the environment in World Bank-financed projects has been approved by the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors, following almost four years of review.

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Inaugural African Drought Conference Issues Windhoek Declaration, Adopts Strategic Framework [viewed]

unccd_namibia_au19 August 2016: The High-Level Meeting of the inaugural African Drought Conference, comprising African member States and Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), adopted an overarching Strategic Framework to enhance resilience to the impact of drought events in Africa, issued the 'The Windhoek Declaration,' and underscored the importance of drought resilience in achieving Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Event: 6th Session of the Africa Regional Platform and 5th High-Level Meeting of Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

The 6th Session of the African Regional Platform and the 5th High-Level Meeting of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will: review progress made domestically in implementing the Sendai Framework for DRR; discuss and agree on follow-up actions to accelerate implementation; and focus on aligning the Programme of Action for implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy with the Sendai Framework. Participants will discuss: monitoring and reviewing progress in implementation; opportunities for learning and exchanging experiences, successes and challenges in applying disaster risk management (DRM) of risk knowledge; progress made on preparedness, recovery and reconstruction under the 'build-back- better' approach; and risk-informed development. Outcomes will include: the Africa Programme of Action to implement the Sendai Framework in Africa; the Mauritius Declaration on implementation of the Africa Programme of Action; and an 'Africa Position' that will be presented at the 5th session of the Global Platform for DRR, which will convene from 22-26 May 2017, in Cancun, Mexico. Outcomes will also be submitted to the African Union (AU) Policy Organs for consideration and adoption during the AU Summit in January 2017. This meeting will also commemorate the first-ever World Tsunami Awareness Day. Representatives of African countries, stakeholder groups and development and humanitarian partners will attend the meeting. This event is being organized by the AU Commission, with support from the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR), and hosted by the Government Mauritius with support from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat.  

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Event: Fourth Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage [viewed]

The fourth meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (Loss and Damage Mechanism) will take place in Bonn, Germany, in September. The Loss and Damage Mechanism addresses loss and damage associated with impacts of climate change, including extreme events and slow onset events, in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. It was established by the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 19) in Warsaw, Poland, in 2013.  

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Guest Article #144: Severe, Increasingly Common Droughts Demand Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

With climate change likely intensifying the effects of this year's El Niño, many parts of the world are experiencing longer droughts, more frequent floods and increasingly violent storms. This can have a devastating effect on poor and vulnerable households, underlying the critical role that climate adaptation efforts play in sustaining livelihoods. Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in 50 years. Two successive rainy seasons have failed, leaving up to ten million people in need of aid. As of May 2016, humanitarian funding requirements have increased to more than US$1.5 billion.

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Climate Vulnerable Forum Inaugurates South-South Centre, Ethiopian Presidency [viewed]

cvf15 August 2016: Addressing the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) for the first time in his capacity as Chair, Shiferaw Teklemariam Menbacho, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change of Ethiopia, stressed that the 43 highly vulnerable member countries of the CVF strive to develop their economies, yet "continue to be faced with serious, devastating and unforeseeable challenges" that hinder progress toward "inclusive and sustainable development."

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Event: Informal Negotiations on Habitat III Outcome Document [viewed]

Informal negotiations on the 'Surabaya Draft of New Urban Agenda' will take place at the end of August/beginning of September. The current draft is the result of the negotiations at the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the Habitat III Conference (PrepCom 3), held in Surabaya, Indonesia, from 25–27 July 2016. Habitat III is expected to adopt the New Urban Agenda in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.  

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Heat-Related Deaths to Increase, Children and the Poor Most Climate Vulnerable [viewed]

adaptation and loss update8 August 2016: As reports of new temperature extremes exceeding the 50°C mark continue to come in, further climate change-related concerns have been voiced by the UN community. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has expressed concern over a potential rise in deaths precipitated by heat. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank have cautioned that children and the world's poor are among those disproportionately affected by climate change. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and others have emphasized climate change impacts on food security. On the policy side, the Adaptation Committee (AC) and the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Expert Group (LEG) have issued a call for submissions from Parties and stakeholders on their Paris mandates.

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City Initiatives Contribute to SDG 11 [viewed]

unhabitat_idb_unce_itu1 August 2016: The UN and partners have developed and launched programmes and initiatives to make cities smarter and more sustainable, including the United for Smart Sustainable Cities Initiative (U4SSC) and a pilot project to monitor urban-environment related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched a guide to promote smart city management. These actions aim to contribute to SDG 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable).

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