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.

HABITAT and Partners Launch Collaboration on Urban Resilience [viewed]

logo-wuf711 April 2014: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and eight partners launched the Medellín Collaboration on Urban Resilience, to facilitate the flow of knowledge and financial resources to help cities become more resilient to systemic shocks and stresses, including from climate change, disasters caused by natural hazards, and socio-economic challenges resulting from rapid urbanization.

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WUF 7 Adopts Medellín Declaration, Recommends Urban SDG [viewed]

logo-wuf711 April 2014: Participants at the seventh session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 7) adopted the Medellín Declaration, which recognizes the transformational power of cities and describes equity as the foundation of sustainable urban development. Signatories also support the inclusion of an urban Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) in the post-2015 development agenda.

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Event: Fifth Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa (UNISDR AF), the African Union (AU), and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will bring together African Governments, regional intergovernmental organizations, civil society representatives, members of academic institutions, local governments, private sector organizations, the media, and youth at the Fifth Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Abuja, Nigeria. The meeting is expected to result in an African position on a Post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the context of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).  

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GFCS Consultation Reviews Status of Climate Services in the Pacific [viewed]

gfcs4 April 2014: The Regional Consultation on Climate Services for Pacific Small Island States and Related Meetings met with the aim of improving weather and climate services in small island developing States (SIDS) and ensuring that implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) meets their needs.

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Central Asian Experts Make Recommendations for Post-2015 DRR Agreement [viewed]

UNISDR2 April 2014: Participants at the Central Asia Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) underlined that "DRR is development," and must be incorporated into the post-2015 development agenda and the anticipated 2015 climate change agreement. The gathering, among other Regional Platforms convening around the world, aimed to assess implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) and determine regional submissions for the Post-2015 agreement on DRR to be adopted at the Third UN World Conference on DRR in 2015.

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UNISDR Invites Business' Ideas on DRR and Avoiding New Risks [viewed]

UNISDR2 April 2014: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has launched a month-long online consultation with the international business community, inviting businesses to contribute their expertise and ideas on the role of financial reform, regulation, building codes and incentives to allow business to make safer investments and avoid creating new risk in the process of driving economic growth and development.

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Horn of Africa Countries Address Drought Threat and Disaster Resilience [viewed]

IGAD31 March 2014: The Second IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) was facilitated by the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an organization comprised of six East African countries in the Horn of Africa.

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WWRP Launches Tool on Regional Ensemble Forecasts of High-Impact Weather [viewed]

wwrp28 March 2014: The World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has launched 'TIGGE-LAM,' a new tool that aims to improve regional ensemble forecasts of high-impact weather, thereby strengthening early warning and disaster prevention.

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Regional Climate Centre for Caribbean Launched [viewed]

WMOusaid27 March 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), with funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a Regional Climate Centre (RCC) for the Caribbean aimed at helping the Eastern Caribbean improve its ability to understand and predict current and future climate-related issues and build capacity for adaptation.

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UN Secretary-General Visits Greenland, Underscores Climate Impacts [viewed]

United Nations26 March 2014: On a visit to Uummannaq, Greenland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon observed firsthand the consequences of climate change. Accompanied by Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark and Premier Aleqa Hammond of Greenland, Ban expressed his alarm at how quickly the ice sheets covering Greenland have been melting.

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