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.

December 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

Climate Finance Update19 December 2014: During December 2014, finance for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects was announced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank. Germany, Norway and the UK also reported on funding for projects to be undertaken in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the GEF and IDB released climate-related publications.

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ESCAP, Thailand Commemorate 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami [viewed]

UNESCAP15 December 2014: During an event that convened ten years after one of the deadliest natural disasters the world has ever seen, panelists took stock of progress made in building greater resilience to disasters in the Asia-Pacific region, and identified remaining gaps and regional priorities going forward. The event highlighted that, while much has been done to fill the gaps in risk reduction, disaster preparedness and early warning systems ten years on from the Indian Ocean Tsunami, which hit on 26 December 2004, much remains to be done, particularly at the local level.

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UNSG Says “Stars Are Aligned” for Historic Action in 2015 [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw17 December 2014: “The stars are aligned” for the international community to take historic action on climate, sustainable development and financing in 2015, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he reviewed the challenges and achievements of 2014. He called the Lima session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the “most encouraging” climate negotiations so far, and urged a high level of ambition in forging a new global agenda for development and securing a climate change agreement in 2015.

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EU Ministers Call for Policy Coherence in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

EU16 December 2014: The Council of the European Union (EU) discussed and adopted the conclusions of its Foreign Affairs Council on coordination of international aid efforts in the context of the post-2015 development agenda, highlighting the need to approach the issues in a “truly transformative” manner and to promote policy coherence.

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Ethiopia Receives First ClimDev Africa Special Fund Grant [viewed]

AU UNECA AFDB15 December 2014: Ethiopia will receive US$1.1 million from the Climate for Development in Africa (Clim-Dev Africa) Special Fund (CDSF) to strengthen its climate information and early warning systems for climate resilient adaptation and development, making it the first African country to benefit from the CDSF.

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ECLAC Warns Against Increasing Climate Change Impacts in LAC [viewed]

ECLAC10 December 2014: A report, published by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), warns that climate change impacts in the region are already significant and will likely become more intense in the future. The report, titled ‘The economics of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean: Paradoxes and challenges of sustainable development,' was presented during the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

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ECLAC, IDB, Peru Study the Economics of Climate Change in Peru [viewed]

eclac-idb10 December 2014: A joint study by the Peruvian Government, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) predicts that the fishing, agriculture and livestock in the high Andes sectors will be the most affected by climate change in Peru in the coming years.

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World Bank Explores Climate Change-Poverty Relationship [viewed]

fao-worldbankNovember 2014: The World Bank Group has published a paper that explores the relationship between climate change and poverty by examining the impact of climate change on: poor people's livelihoods and wellbeing; the risk for non-poor people to fall into poverty; and the ability of poor people to escape poverty. The document, titled ‘Climate Change and Poverty: An Analytical Framework,' proposes four “channels” that determine household consumption and through which households may escape from or fall into poverty: prices, assets, productivity and opportunities.

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COP 20 Event Highlights Ecosystem-based Adaptation for Human Resilience [viewed]

limacop2012 December 2014: The Royal Society and BirdLife International organized an event on 'Building Human Resilience: Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in Policy and Practice' on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. The event presented an assessment of interventions that can increase resilience to weather-related hazards and discussed fundamental elements to enhancing resilience, with a particular focus on the role of EbA.

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US COP 20 Event Showcases International Resilience Commitments [viewed]

limacop2011 December 2014: The US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) organized a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference to highlight 'US Commitments on International Resilience.' At the event, US officials also invited non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector and developing country partners to join in a consortium on climate information for global resilience.

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