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.

First World Weather Open Science Conference Pushes for Improved Forecasting Accuracy [viewed]

wwosc201425 August 2014: The first World Weather Open Science Conference reviewed progress made in weather science and forecasting over the last decade, and investigated possibilities for further scientific breakthroughs in the future. The Conference brought together more than 1,000 meteorologists, forecasters, social scientists and application developers from over 50 countries.

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UNESCO World Heritage Paper Highlights SIDS' Cultural Heritage and Resources [viewed]

UNESCO25 August 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has published a paper on 'Safeguarding Precious Resources for Island Communities,' as a contribution to the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The paper describes the evolution of the SIDS agenda, highlights SIDS in the World Heritage Convention (WHC) context, and includes seven thematic papers on shared concerns and challenges across SIDS, such as disaster risk management (DRM) and building resilience to climate change, land management and sustainable tourism.

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ADB Urges Focus on Food Insecurity, Disaster Reduction [viewed]

ADB20 August 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) released its annual statistical report on key social and economic indicators, which calls for paying greater attention to the impacts of rising food prices on the poor, and addressing their vulnerability to disasters, climate impacts and other kinds of risk.

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USAID, Rockefeller Foundation Launch Global Resilience Partnership [viewed]

usaid-rockefeller-foundation20 August 2014: The Rockefeller Foundation and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have launched a fund intended to build the resilience of disaster-prone communities in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia. The initial investment of US$100 million will fund the best ideas and innovations resulting from a Resilience Challenge open to academic, non-profit and private sector entities.

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ADB Assesses Climate Change Costs in South Asia [viewed]

ADB19 August 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has published a report, titled ‘Assessing the Costs of Climate Change and Adaptation in South Asia,' which predicts that by 2050, the collective economy of six countries - Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka - will see an average annual economic loss of around 1.8% of GDP by 2050 that could rise to 8.8% in 2100 if the “world continues on its current fossil fuel-intensive path.”

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DESA Analyzes SIDS Sustainable Development Trends [viewed]

DESAAugust 2014: Despite advances toward sustainable development, small island developing States (SIDS) continue to face many challenges, according to ‘Trends in Sustainable Development: SIDS,' a publication issued by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) as an input to the Third International Conference on SIDS. The report assesses SIDS' progress in key sustainable development areas: climate change; demographics; energy; finance and trade; health and non-communicable diseases (NCDs); natural disaster management; oceans and seas; social development, including education, food security, gender equality and access to water and sanitation; tourism; and waste management.

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ICIMOD, GRID-Arendal Analyze Food Security, Climate Challenges in Himalayas [viewed]

icimod-grid14 August 2014: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and GRID-Arendal have released a report detailing the food security and agricultural situation in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH). The publication considers how food security is being affected by changing socioeconomic and environmental conditions in the region, including climate change and rising global food prices.

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CCRIF Insures Caribbean Governments Against Excess Rainfall [viewed]

CCRIF4 August 2014: The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) has announced that eight member countries have purchased its excess rainfall insurance coverage for 2014-2015.

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UN Committee Discusses Geospatial Information for Sustainable Development [viewed]

United Nations12 August 2014: Ministers and senior leaders discussed how to ensure more consistent locational positioning and mapping across the globe at the fourth session of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM). The Committee is mandated to assist in making accurate, authoritative and reliable geospatial information available to support global, regional and national development, including for the post-2015 development agenda, as well as to enhance collaboration among Member States.

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UNDP Administrator Outlines Long-Term Development View [viewed]

UNDP7 August 2014: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark stressed the need to “get ahead of the curve of future crises and disasters to avert huge and costly development setbacks and lives lost,” in the Aspen Institute's Third Annual Madeleine K. Albright Global Development Lecture. In 'Making Sense of the World We Live In: The Development Contribution,' Clark highlighted: the work involved in achieving transformational change; the importance of investments in building resilience; challenges in nation building; and progress and next steps on the post-2015 development agenda.

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