Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

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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ADB Study Focuses on Coping with Droughts in China [viewed]

ADB20 April 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a publication titled "Drying up: What to do about droughts in the People's Republic of China." The study explores the difficulties that China will face in supplying its cities with water and in managing more frequent and longer droughts in the face of climate change.

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UNISDR Reports on DRR and Adaptation Writeshops [viewed]

19 April 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has reported on the four writeshops, which were co-convened with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and conducted since 2010 in Thailand, Ghana, Costa Rica and Barbados. UNISDR underlines that they have helped increase the body of published literature on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation. 

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FAO Stresses Need to Tackle Hunger to Achieve Sustainable Development [viewed]

FAO19 April 2012: Addressing the FAO Regional Conference for Europe, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, called ending hunger the world's “most urgent” challenge as the global community moves toward sustainable development objectives through the Rio+20 process.

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