Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Paris Pact on Water and Climate Change Adaptation, Other Commitments Announced [viewed]

unfccc_cop212 December 2015: National and local governments, river basin organizations, civil society and businesses announced the creation of coalitions and initiatives related to water and climate change at an event on ‘Water Resilience' under the Lima to Paris Action Agenda (LPAA), which is convening at the Paris Climate Change Conference. These initiatives include: the Paris Pact on Water and Adaptation, MegaCities Coalition on Water; Business Alliance for Water and Climate Change; Adaptation of the West African coastal areas; and Maritime Regions in Action against Climate Change.

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UN Secretary-General Launches Climate Resilience Initiative [viewed]

cop2130 November 2015: At the opening of the Paris Climate Change Conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the launch of an initiative to build the resilience of the world's most vulnerable populations against impacts of climate change and natural disasters. Led by the Ban in collaboration with 13 UN entities, the initiative will enhance vulnerable populations' capacities to anticipate hazards, absorb shocks and reshape development to reduce risks.

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APEC Ministers Commit to Implementing UN Goals, Address Energy Intensity [viewed]

apec19 November 2015: Ministers from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries affirmed their commitment to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development (AAAA) at the close of the 23rd APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting meeting. APEC leaders also adopted the APEC Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Framework to facilitate international cooperation cooperation on DRR.

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FoodSECuRE Facility to Build Community Resilience to Climate Change [viewed]

wfp_iriNovember 2015: The Food Security Climate Resilience (FoodSECuRE) Facility, an initiative of the World Food Programme (WFP), aims to secure US$400 million to enable governments to quickly unlock funding to scale up food and nutrition responses as well as disaster risk reduction activities before climate disasters occur. The WFP and its partner, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), have launched activities in five countries, with fast-tracked implementation in Zimbabwe and Guatemala to respond to El Niño.

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UNICEF Report Examines Climate Change Impacts on Children [viewed]

unless_we_actNovember 2015: Climate change is perhaps the greatest threat facing the world's children and their children, declares a report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). ‘Unless We Act Now: The impact of climate change on children' cautions that climate change has the potential to undermine gains in child survival, nutrition and development and proposes concrete steps to protect children from climate-related impacts.

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November 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

november_climate_financeNovember 2015: During the month of November, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) reported on new financing, collaborations and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and forestry research centers launched studies, think pieces and multimedia content on, inter alia, climate-related disasters, vulnerability in Africa, stranded assets, Adaptation Fund activities and REDD+.

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WMO: 2015 Likely to be Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

WMO25 November 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has estimated that the world will have reached 1°C of warming above pre-industrial levels in 2015. The Organization predicts that the global average surface temperature in 2015 is likely to be the warmest on record, noting the cause as a combination of anthropogenic climate change and a strong El Niño. In addition, the years 2011-2015 make up the warmest five-year period ever recorded, according to the WMO.

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African Decision Makers Discuss Risk Management and Financing for Resilience [viewed]

ur20 November 2015: The first 'Understanding Risk and Finance Conference for Africa' provided a forum for African decision makers to discuss strategies and approaches to mitigate the socioeconomic, fiscal, and financial impacts of disasters, including those of climate change.

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UNISDR Asia Partnership Meeting Advances Work on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

UNISDR20 November 2015: Participants at the 2nd Asia Partnership Meeting of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) have developed a draft regional plan for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in Asia. The draft plan will be submitted to the 2016 Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) for further discussion and adoption.

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Majority of Disasters are Weather-related: UNISDR Reports [viewed]

UNISDR23 November 2015: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has released a report, titled 'The Human Cost of Weather-Related Disasters 1995-2015,' which finds that 90% of disasters around the world are caused by weather extremes, such as floods, storms heatwaves or droughts. Over the past 20 years, these disasters have caused 606,000 deaths and left 4.1 billion people injured, homeless or in need of emergency assistance.

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