Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

WMO Statement Confirms 2011 as 11th Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

23 March, 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released the “WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2011,” which indicates that 2011 was the 11th warmest year on record.

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EEA, EC Launch Climate-ADAPT Website [viewed]

23 March 2012: The European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) have launched the Climate-ADAPT website to provide information to policy makers, engineers, planners and administrators about impacts, vulnerability and climate change adaptation in Europe.

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FAO Appeals to Build the Resilience of the Horn of Africa [viewed]

FAO23 March 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has called for urgent funding to implement, over the next 90 days, a plan to give farmers and pastoralists in the Horn of Africa means to build resilience to future shocks. Activities for which the $50 million is being sought include crop and livestock production, and cash-for work programmes to restore infrastructure.

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World Meteorological Day Recognizes Weather, Climate and Water Knowledge [viewed]

23 March 2012: The 2012 edition of World Meteorological Day was organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) around the theme "Powering our future with weather, climate and water." The Day commemorates the entry into force of the WMO Convention, which took place on 23 March 1950.

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World Water Day Focuses on Food Security [viewed]

22 March 2012: The 2012 edition of World Water Day, which is held every year on 22 March, focused on the theme "water and food security." The official UN-Water celebrations were coordinated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), who noted that a 50% reduction in food waste would save 1350 km3 of water per year.

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Adaptation Fund Board Sets $100 Million Fundraising Target [viewed]

Adaptation Fund20 March 2012: In light of the fall in the prices of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs), which provide the main source of funding for the Adaptation Fund, the Adaptation Fund Board discussed funding priorities during its 17th meeting.

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UN/ISDR Launches Disaster Reduction Spending Report [viewed]

20 March 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has launched a report by Development Initiatives, titled “Disaster Risk Reduction: Spending Where It Should Count.” The report highlights that the economic cost of disasters has broken the “trillion dollar ceiling” this century.

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6th World Water Forum Adopts Marseille Declaration [viewed]

17 March 2012: The 6th World Water Forum, which was organized around the theme “Time for Solutions,” concluded with adoption of the Marseille Ministerial Declaration. Key issues addressed during the Forum included: access to drinking water and sanitation; contributions to a green economy; resilience and adaptation to climate change; and governance and financing.

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FAO-RLC Offers Chile Drought Recommendations [viewed]

FAO12 March 2012: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization's Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (FAO-RLC) offered a set of recommendations to Chile on how to address drought and other extreme weather events that are predicted to increase as a result of climate change.

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Kiribati to Purchase Fiji Land as “Climate Change Insurance” [viewed]

15 March 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that the Kiribati Cabinet has recently agreed to purchase land in neighboring Fiji, as “climate change insurance” for its population. The decision comes as Kiribati President Anote Tong renews calls to the international community to address the effects of climate change threatening to submerge many of Kiribati's low-lying atolls.

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