Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UNFCCC Releases Report of Expert Meeting on Loss and Damage [viewed]

11 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the expert meeting on assessing the risk of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change (FCCC/SBI/2012/INF.3). The meeting took place in Tokyo, Japan, from 26-28 March 2012.

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FAO Documents Adaptation Interventions in Mozambique [viewed]

FAOMay 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a report that details its role as coordinator of the largest component of a UN Joint Programme (UNJP) that builds the resilience of community and ecosystems to climate change and diversification of livelihood options in Mozambique. The programme was initiated based on the recognition that Southern Africa is one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change, including droughts, floods, and rainfall variability.

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IOM Workshop Focuses on Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Migration Nexus [viewed]

May 2012: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has published the proceedings of a workshop on "Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Migration," which was held within the framework of IOM's annual International Dialogue on Migration.

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Central America Discusses Mainstreaming Gender into Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management Policy [viewed]

20 April 2012: Several institutions of the Central American Integration System (SICA) have co-hosted a Central American Workshop on Gender, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, to prepare a regional roadmap for policies tackling the linkages among gender, climate change and disaster risk management. 

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EEA Releases Report on Urban Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

14 May 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report on the challenges posed by climate change to urban areas in Europe and how cities can adapt to climate change. The report identifies climate change challenges and responses, describes means of planning urban adaptation, and examines how multi-level governance enables urban adaptation.

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Asia-Pacific Human Development Report Discusses Climate Impacts for SIDS [viewed]

UNDP10 May 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released its regional human development report for the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on the need for the region to find ways to continue to grow economically, while reducing poverty and tackling climate change and environmental concerns. The report addresses climate challenges facing small island developing States (SIDS) in the region due their low elevation. 

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UNFCCC Releases Technical Paper on Loss and Damage [viewed]

10 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a technical paper titled "Current knowledge on relevant methodologies and data requirements as well as lessons learned and gaps identified at different levels, in assessing the risk of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change" (FCCC/TP/2012/1).

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World Bank Reports on Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Project [viewed]

World Bank8 May 2012: The World Bank has presented the results of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), a programme designed to promote rapid access to emergency financing in cases of severe weather-based disasters in the Caribbean.

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UN-HABITAT Report on the State of Arab Cities Focuses on Urban Transition [viewed]

May 2012: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has released the 2012 edition of its regional report the State of Arab Cities on the theme “Challenges of Urban Transition.” The report notes that, although urban slums are decreasing and urban innovations are being introduced, the region still faces major challenges, including high youth unemployment rates and climate change.

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UNISDR Chief Seeks Action on DRR in the Philippines [viewed]

7 May 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has reported on an official visit by Margareta Wahlström, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Reduction, to the Philippines. She attended a two-day meeting on "Building a Resilient Mindanao," in Albay.

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