Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

IFAD to Meet with Dutch Ministry on Agricultural Responses to Climate Change [viewed]

4 November 2011: Kanayo Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is scheduled to meet with various members of the Dutch Government to discuss how best to support developing country governments to create stronger policies for rural development and infrastructure, including strengthening responses to risks such as climate change.

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UNGA Second Committee Highlights Challenges of Climate Change and Desertification, Looks Ahead to Rio+20 [viewed]

3 November 2011: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) concluded its general discussion on sustainable development, with a number of speakers referring to the challenges of drought, desertification, climate change and land degradation. Delegates also looked ahead to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), expressing support and some reservations about the “green economy.”  

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Adaptation Fund Film Highlights Project to Address Coastal Erosion [viewed]

28 October 2011: The Adaptation Fund has posted a video of a project that combats coastal erosion in Senegal. 

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ILRI Documents Index-based Livestock Insurance for African Herders [viewed]

26 October 2011: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has released two short films on livestock insurance for Kenyan pastoralists.

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2011 Human Development Report Focuses on Sustainability and Equity [viewed]

2 November 2011: The 2011 Human Development Report, titled "Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All,” highlights that equity and sustainability are inextricably linked. It notes that, if bold actions are not taken, environmental damage, including climate change effects, can slow or reverse development progress made in recent years. 

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UNDP Releases Guide on Climate-Proofing Infrastructure [viewed]

31 October 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a guide titled "Paving the Way for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure: Guidance for Practitioners and Planners," which aims to help decision makers in developing countries adapt their national public infrastructure to climate change. 

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UN/ISDR Announces Launch of SADC Platform for DRR [viewed]

26 October 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced the launch of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

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IPCC Awards Nine Scholarships for 2011-2012 [viewed]

7 October 2011: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has announced that nine students and researchers from developing countries have been awarded scholarships for postgraduate studies or research on climate science for 2011-2012.

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Guest Article #68: The Importance of Standards for Green ICT…and the World [viewed]

Nothing defines our era more than Information and Communication Technology (ICT). It is central to every facet of modern life and yet, despite its all-encompassing application, remains on the fringes of debates concerning climate change and sustainable development. ITU, however, remains committed to its view that ICT has an essential role to play in efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. 

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Climate Research Conference Considers Human Impacts [viewed]

28 October 2011: The World Climate Research Programme's (WCRP) Open Science Conference brought together over 1900 scientists from 86 countries to share research on the impacts of rising temperatures on polar regions, glaciers, ice caps and the oceans.

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