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.

September 2016 Climate Finance Update: Readiness and Access Get a Boost, Stranded Assets Get under the Spotlight [viewed]

unfccc_gcf_ndf_af_adb_unepdtu26 September 2016: During the month of September, climate finance was highlighted at the highest level, during the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit and the General Debate of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71). Readiness and access support received a major boost through the establishment of two major initiatives, underpinned by millions of US$ in funding. The UNFCCC released several reports in the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech. Studies by an investor coalition and a regional development bank explored climate risk in investments and stranded assets.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Adaptation Committee, LEG, WIM ExCom Intensify COP 22 Preparations [viewed]

UNFCCC24 September 2016: As the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC draws near, preparations are well underway. A number of institutions serving under the Convention and the Paris Agreement, including the Adaptation Committee (AC), the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), and the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM), have advanced work on their respective mandates. In addition, in preparation for COP 22, several Parties have submitted their views on a range of adaptation-related issues.

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On Penultimate Day, UNGA Annual Debate Addresses, SDGs, Climate, Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

ga-71-logo24 September 2016: On the penultimate day of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) annual general debate, countries continued to highlight implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Countries also described challenges related to graduation from least developed country (LDC) status and access to concessional financing. The debate, which closes on 26 September, is focusing on the theme, 'The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world,' at UN Headquarters in New York, the US.

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Major Economies Forum Addresses Climate and Security, Finance [viewed]

MEF23 September 2016: The Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change (MEF) convened on the margins of the 71st General Debate of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to prepare for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22) and discuss implementation of the Paris Agreement, progress toward a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) amendment to the Montreal Protocol and the global market-based measure (MBM) to curb aviation emissions under consideration by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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UNGA Debate Speakers Cite Actions to Implement SDGs, Paris Agreement [viewed]

ga-71-logo22 September 2016: UN Member States highlighted national actions to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, as the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) entered the third day of its general debate at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 22 September 2016. The debate is focusing on the theme 'The SDGs: a universal push to transform our world.'

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Technology Enhances Climate Resilience, Climate Change Security Risks Assessed [viewed]

unesco_unisdr_unhabitat_adb_wmo21 September 2016: Increasing climate resilience has been the focus of the recent weeks' events, initiatives and publications reported in this Update. These developments have demonstrated that climate resilience and disaster disk management (DRM) can be enhanced by giving prominence to the role of technology and the private sector. The relationship between climate change and national security has also received attention.

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SCF Forum Explores Financial Instruments for Addressing Loss and Damage [viewed]

unfccc_adb_philippines6 September 2016: The Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) held its 2016 Forum under the theme, 'Financial instruments that address the risks of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change.' Discussions at the Forum highlighted the need for a holistic and integrated approach to addressing the risks of loss and damage, while underscoring that there is no one-size-fits-all to mobilizing support.

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UNDP Recommends Focus on Multidimensional Vulnerabilities and Resilience in the Caribbean [viewed]

UNDP12 September 2016: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) released its Human Development Report (HDR) for the Caribbean, recommending that countries adopt a new generation of public policies to increase economic, social and environmental gains, boost climate and finance resilience and protect people, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report finds that the high debt of Caribbean countries' and their middle-income country (MIC) status hinders their ability to access finance for sustainable development, which limits the region's potential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNDP, UNFPA, UNOPS Board Discusses SDG Implementation [viewed]

undp_unfpa_unops9 September 2016: The second regular session of the Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Office of Project Services (UNOPS) discussed support for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Board also considered UNDP's revised Evaluation Policy, which aims to professionalize evaluation and strengthen accountability and effectiveness.

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Mitigation Update: Pricing Emissions in Focus, Climate Pledges Go Personal [viewed]

ieta_eea_adb_icao_imo_vatican9 September 2016: Over the last couple of weeks, a number of events, initiatives and publications have highlighted the role of market mechanisms in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other pollutants. In addition, both Pope Francis and the UNFCCC Secretariat are encouraging climate action on an individual level.

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