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.

UNFCCC Updates on NAP Process [viewed]

UNFCCC26 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an information paper on the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.25). Based on the information submitted by parties, UN agencies, as well as other international, regional and non-governmental organizations, the paper reviews the measures taken by developing country parties and their partners to advance national adaptation planning. The paper also provides a progress update, including an overview of financial and technical support received.

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UNFCCC 2014 Lighthouse Activity Award Winners Announced [viewed]

momentum-change25 November 2014: The UNFCCC's Momentum for Change initiative has announced the 12 winners of the 2014 Lighthouse Activity Awards, which include both “large, game-changing solutions and small, entrepreneurial efforts." Each of the 12 activities touches on one of four areas related to action: by and for the urban poor; that fosters women's leadership; that unlocks climate finance; and action that uses information and communications technology (ICT) solutions.

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Central American Legislators to Strengthen IWRM [viewed]

GWP Global logotype17 November 2014: The Global Water Partnership Central America (GWP-CA) and the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador organized the 8th Legislators Conference on Water Resources. The meeting addressed issues including: food security, risk management and energy; experiences with water, climate change and development; institutional reform for integrated water resources management (IWRM); and where countries are in the process of adopting or implementing national water laws.

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DESA, UNCRD Build Disaster Management Capacity in SIDS Municipalities [viewed]

United Nations13 November 2014: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in collaboration with various partners, organized a capacity-building seminar for stakeholders to discuss vulnerabilities and challenges faced by SIDS municipalities regarding the increased frequency and intensity of natural disasters, the impacts of sea-level rise and other climate-related risks.

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ESCAP, RIMES Warn Pacific Islands of Extreme Weather Risks [viewed]

unescap-rimes21 November 2014: Through a joint press release, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) have warned that extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for the industry and infrastructure of island States, and encourages establishing a regional mechanism for better preparedness.

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WMO Supports African Countries Forecast Hazardous Weather [viewed]

WMO21 November 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that a project aimed at helping meteorological services in developing countries to provide forecasts and warnings of hazardous weather is gaining momentum in Africa. The Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) has improved lead times and reliable alerts for heavy rain, severe winds and high waves, thus assisting in the protection of people and property, and supporting such sectors as farming, fishing and transportation.

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ICCG Best Climate Practices Winners Announced [viewed]

ICCG11 November 2014: The International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) has announced the 2014 Best Climate Practices Contest winners. Under this year's theme, ‘Energy Poverty Reduction,' a range of projects was submitted addressing the challenges of climate change and energy poverty. The awards were announced in two categories: the Experts' Choice Award and the Users' Choice Award.

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Samoa Launches Largest-Ever GEF LDC Fund Adaptation Project [viewed]

GEF UNDP7 November 2014: Samoa launched a US$12.3 million project on climate adaptation, the largest national project to be funded under the Least Development Countries Fund (LDCF) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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South East Europe to Improve Provision of Climate Services [viewed]

gfcs24 November 2014: A regional workshop in South East Europe (SEE) discussed pooling knowledge and expertise to improve the provision of user-friendly climate services in order to increase resilience against weather and climate extremes. Attendees included meteorologists, hydrologists, disaster, health, water and agricultural managers, as well as representatives of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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El Niño Conference Addresses Regional Processes and Impacts [viewed]

WMO14 November 2014: The Third International Conference on ENSO, which met under the theme ‘Bridging the Gaps between the Global ENSO Science and the Regional Processes, Extremes and Impacts,' aimed to review progress on the science of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and regional processes to improve the ENSO prediction and related regional impacts.

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