Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Event: Fifteenth Southern Africa Region Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-15) [viewed]

Convened under the theme “Seasonable Climate Prediction: A Strategic Tool in Sustainable Socio-Economic Development,” the 15th Southern Africa Region Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-15) is being organized by the Southern Africa Development Community in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) to develop a consensus climate outlook for the period from October 2011 until March 2012. SARCOF-15 is also expected to address potential climate impacts on sectors including disaster risk management, food security, and health and water resources. The last rainy season in the region will also be assessed.  

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Follow-up Meeting on the Horn of Africa Crisis Calls for Tackling the Root Causes of the Crisis [viewed]

18 August 2011: The follow-up meeting for the Horn of Africa Crisis, hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), concluded with a call for a “twin track” approach to the crisis that will meet the relief needs as well as address the root causes of the crisis and strengthen the local population's resilience for possible future crises.

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Secretary-General Issues Annual Report on UN's Work [viewed]

August 2011: The UN General Assembly has circulated the Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization. This year's report (A/66/1) points to significant changes in the world since 2007, including the impacts of food, fuel and economic shocks, democratic movements in North Africa and the Middle East, and the rising incidence of mega-disasters, and outlines the UN's responses to these and other developments.

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UNFCCC Publishes Observer Submissions on Approaches to Address Loss and Damage [viewed]

UNFCCC16 August 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions from observer organizations on approaches to address loss and damage associated with climate change impacts in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to adverse effects of climate change to enhance adaptive capacity.

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Mayor's Summit on DRR Adopts Chengdu Declaration of Action [viewed]

16 August 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that 38 parliamentarians from 33 countries have adopted the Chengdu Declaration of Action, a five-point strategy addressing natural resource and environmental management, climate change and disaster risks.

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UN Secretary-General Releases Report on Sustainable Mountain Development [viewed]

11 August 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has published a report of the UN Secretary-General that was prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in response to UNGA resolution 64/205 requesting the Secretary-General to report to it at its 66th session on the status of sustainable development in mountain regions.

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Geospatial Information Management Meeting Adopts Addis Ababa Declaration [viewed]

11 August 2011: The African Regional Preparatory meeting on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM) met from 8-10 August 2011, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to establish a plan of action for African participation in GGIM initiative ahead of the High-Level Forum on GGIM to be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 24-26 October 2011. The meeting culminated with the adoption of the Addis Ababa Declaration on Geospatial Information Management in Africa.

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Extreme Weather Events Threaten Forests, According to FAO Report [viewed]

9 August 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a report titled "Abiotic Disturbances and their Influence on Forest Health," which highlights the increasing threat posed to the world's forests by extreme weather events.

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Farmers in Togo Receive Climate Adaptation Support from FAO and EU [viewed]

FAO3 August 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the results of a two-year effort to support farmers in Togo. The FAO, with funds from the EU, provided support for 20,000 Togolese farmers to respond to floods and food price increases occurring in 2007 and 2008.

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Pacific Moves Towards Integrated DRR and Climate Change Strategy [viewed]

2 August 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) announced the launch of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR11), titled "Revealing Risk, Redefining Development."

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