Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Event: Addis Ababa: Managing the Regional Risks of Climate Extremes and Disasters – Learning from the IPCC Special Report [viewed]

This event is part of a series of briefings that will seek to publicize the findings of the IPCC Special Report SREX to policy makers, practitioners and private sector audiences. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) prepared a Special Report titled "Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters for Advancing Climate Change Adaptation" (SREX), and launched the report's Summary for Policy Makers on 18 November 2011, with the full report released in hard copy in March 2012. To follow up on this report, the IPCC, the Overseas Development Institute, Norway's Climate and Pollution Agency, Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network are working with local counterparts to support a programme of regional outreach events. This event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is invitation only. Speakers will include IPCC authors and invited guests from the East African region.  

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ADB Seminar Calls for Increased Investment in Urban Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

ADB2 May 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted a seminar titled "Vulnerable cities: Waking up to the need for urban disaster risk management," which outlined ways to build resilient local government units that integrate community participation into decision making, improve construction practices and funding, and better prepare communities for climate change impacts.

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CIF Releases Video on Climate Change in Dominica [viewed]

27 April 2012: The Climate Investment Fund (CIF) has released a video on the impacts of climate change in Dominica, which shows the impacts of extreme weather events and highlights the urgent need to invest in fostering climate resilience.

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Meeting Calls for Joint Action on Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

World Bank27 April 2012: Donor and developing country officials convened during the World Bank/International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring Meetings to reaffirm commitments to mainstreaming disaster resilience in development planning and the link between disaster reduction and climate change adaptation. 

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses Philanthropists Forum [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary18 April 2012: Speaking at the Annual Conference of the Global Philanthropy Forum, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), called on philanthropists to fuel the existing "momentum for both the sustainability and the energy revolutions.”

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UNECE Workshop Focuses on Climate Change Impacts on Transboundary Basins [viewed]

UNECE26 April 2012: The Third Workshop on Water and Climate Change in Transboundary Basins, which addressed the theme "Making Adaptation Work," called attention to the expected impacts on climate change, including the higher risk of drought and floods, on shared transboundary basins. The event brought together over 140 participants to discuss conflict prevention and cooperation to address climate change adaptation at the transboundary level.

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AfDB Finalizes Climate Safeguard Systems Design [viewed]

AfDB23 April 2012: The final design of the African Development Bank's (AfDB) Climate Safeguard Systems (CSS), comprising four modules for assessing risk and identifying adaptation measures, was announced during a two-day workshop held in March 2012.

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UNOSAT/Esri Conference Considers Role of GIS in Disaster Preparedness [viewed]

4 April 2012: Participants attending the “GIS for the United Nations and the International Community” conference considered the role of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in reducing disaster risk and addressing global challenges, such as climate change.

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ILO, Munich RE Foundation Highlight Innovations in Microinsurance [viewed]

ILO10 April 2012: The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Munich RE Foundation have released the second volume of "Microinsurance Compendium, Protecting the Poor," which highlights that the number of microinsured people has reached almost 500 million. The report emphasizes the role of microinsurance in poverty alleviation when combined with social protection, risk prevention, mitigation, and vulnerability reduction.

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Sixth Community-Based Adaptation Conference Focuses on Communication [viewed]

22 April 2012: The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Sixth International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA6) brought stakeholders and practitioners together to discuss community-based adaptation (CBA) planning and practices. The conference focused on communicating how communities are adapting to climate change, and addressed the following themes: scaling-up CBA; water resources; biodiversity and forests; coastal zones; health; disaster risk reduction (DRR); and vulnerable communities, including indigenous people.

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