Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

World Bank Publishes Reports on Green Water Defense in East Asia [viewed]

World BankOctober 2012: The Water Partnership Program (WPP) provided support for a study that aimed at providing a new approach to supporting green growth principles in water defense challenges. The two-part study, titled Green Water Defense in East Asia, focuses on the experiences and lessons learned in water and flood risk management, and recommends best practices and management models to address these challenges.

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AfDB Supports Climate Resilience in Niger and Mozambique [viewed]

AfDB24 October 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved the Climate Information Development and Forecasting Project and the Water Resources Mobilization and Development Project in Niger, and the Baixo Limpopo Irrigation and Climate Resilience Project in Mozambique.

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Asian Conference Calls for Integrating DRR and Climate Change Adaptation into Development [viewed]

25 October 2012: The 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), which was attended by 25 ministers and delegates from 72 countries, concluded with the adoption of the Yogyakarta Declaration on DRR in Asia and the Pacific 2012, which calls for integrating DRR and climate change adaptation (CCA) into local level development planning.

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Report on Human Rights of Migrants Discusses Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

21 October 2012: The Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants presented his first report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The report's thematic section on climate change and migration analyzes technical considerations, discusses international law and political engagement, and makes recommendations.

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Report on Internally Displaced Persons Highlights Influence of Climate Change, Other Megatrends [viewed]

24 October 2012: Chaloka Beyani, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, presented his report titled “Protection of and assistance to internally displaced persons” to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, US. Beyani underscores that internal displacement remains a significant human rights challenge.

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Bergen Symposium Focuses on Interplay Among Climate Change, Development and Human Rights [viewed]

18 October 2012: The Bergen Symposium has concluded with the adoption of the Bergen Message, which urges that the interaction between climate change, sustainable development and human rights should be studied more closely, and calls for the actual impact on the life and rights of people to be brought to the forefront.

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UNISDR, UNESCO Convene Journalist Training on “New Approach” to Disaster Reporting [viewed]

25 October 2012: The UN International for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) convened a training session for 20 journalists in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on 22 October 2012, on the topic “Towards a new approach to disasters from consequences to causes – Covering disasters from a disaster risk reduction (DRR) perspective,” on the sidelines of the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR.

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IDB Provides Climate Change Grant to Indigenous and Afro-Honduran Communities [viewed]

IDB12 October 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$4.4 million grant to help Honduran communities of indigenous people and those of African descent respond to climate change and reduce their vulnerability to extreme weather events.

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Event: Seventh Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) [viewed]

Co-hosted by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and Jamaica's Office for Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPEM), the 7th Conference on CDM will convene under the theme “CDM: Building Disaster Resilience - A Shared Responsibility”.  

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GWP-Med, EU SWIM Workshop Identifies No-Regret Climate Change Adaptation Options [viewed]

5 October 2012: The EU Sustainable Water Integrated Management (SWIM) - Support Mechanism (SM) and the Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med) conducted a regional training for local water managers on “Identification and Development of Climate Change No-Regret Actions in the Water Sector.”

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