Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

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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ADB Book Addresses Climate Change and Migration [viewed]

ADB13 March 2012: The Asia Development Bank (ADB) has released a book, titled "Addressing Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific," which underscores that climate change will increase the frequency of extreme weather events, making more areas inhospitable to human habitation and secure livelihoods.

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Asia-Pacific Forum Focuses on Mainstreaming Adaptation into Development [viewed]

ADB13 March 2012: The Second Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, which was held around the theme "Mainstreaming Adaptation into Development: Adaptation in Action," identified transformational change as a tool in building resilience among Asian and Pacific countries.

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IDB Supports Fiscal Reform for Climate Change Adaptation in El Salvador [viewed]

IDB7 March 2012: A new Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) project in El Salvador will support fiscal and regulatory reform, as well as physical infrastructure upgrades for climate change adaptation, and improve the country's resilience to disasters.

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GEF Releases Documentary on Composting Toilets Project in Tuvalu [viewed]

GEF5 March 2012: A documentary video by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) showcases the experience with composting toilets as a solution to freshwater scarcity in Tuvalu.

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Caribbean Development Bank to Administer Community DRR Fund [viewed]

7 March 2012: The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has reported that it will administer a US$20 million Community Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Fund, which is to be established for Caribbean countries with funds from Canada. The Fund is intended to help Caribbean countries reduce risks, at the community level, posed to vulnerable populations by natural hazards and climate change.

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WMO Bulletin Focuses on Reaching Users of Climate Services [viewed]

7 March 2012: The latest issue of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Bulletin has taken as its theme “reaching users with climate services,” and focuses on user needs, climate science and disaster reduction. 

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