Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN/ISDR Highlights Fiji's State of Disaster as a Result of Floods [viewed]

3 February 2011: According to the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), a 15-day state of disaster has been declared in areas on the west coast of Fiji, which have been ravaged by floods and landslides. The state of disaster applies to Ba, Lautoka, Nadi, Nadroga, Ra, and Tavua, and continued heavy rains are predicted. Nadi and Ba are participating in UN/ISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign.

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World Bank Supports Climate Change Policy Making in Viet Nam [viewed]

World Bank2 February 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$70 million loan for the Vietnam Climate Change Development Policy Operation project, the first of a series of three projects to support the development and adoption of policies, strategies and institutions needed to respond to climate change in Viet Nam.

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UN Commission for Social Development Focuses on Poverty Reduction [viewed]

UN logo1 February 2012: The 50th session of the UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD) has opened at UN Headquarters. The session will focus on poverty eradication, youth unemployment and socially-inclusive policies, taking into account the global economic crisis and climate change. Opening statements from UN officials highlighted the importance of social development for sustainable development and the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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WMO Launches New Weather and Climate Information System [viewed]

WMO31 January 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has launched a new international information system to improve climate and weather-related data exchange. The new WMO Information System (WIS) aims to facilitate access and use of meteorological observations. 

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FAO/RECOFTC Brief on Forests and Landslides in Asia Highlights Climate Impacts [viewed]

FAO31 January 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) have released a brief that describes the role of forests and forestry in the prevention and rehabilitation of landslides in Asia, noting that landslides may increase over the coming decades, in part due to climate change.

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UNHCR Helps Equip Refugee Camps with Fuel Efficient Stoves [viewed]

26 January 2012: The UN Human Rights Commission's (UNHCR) five-year campaign called ‘Light Years Ahead' is helping to provide lighting and fuel-efficient stoves in African refugee camps to support the livelihoods of the people and improve the safety of women and girls.

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Guest Article #72: Placing Small Scale Adaptation Solutions within the Climate Change Discourse in Africa [viewed]

The changing climate is no longer an abstract issue, and the realities of its impacts are being felt in the African continent. Climate change is affecting millions of people, and thwarting their efforts to escape poverty. Against this harsh reality, it will be imperative to speed up the integration of climate risk considerations into policy, in order to ensure that development proceeds along pathways that are resilient to climate change.

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Davos Forum Debates Adaptation to Climate Risk [viewed]

26 January 2012: Participating in a session on Adapting to Climate Risk, held at the annual World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, UK, noted that the world is heading towards a 3°C increase in global average temperature, and warned that this situation "will bring temperatures not seen for three million years, with unforeseeable consequences."

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UNFCCC Launches Database of Private Sector-Led Adaptation Activities [viewed]

26 January 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched the Adaptation Private Sector Initiative database, a new online tool that showcases how businesses and communities can adapt to the inevitable effects of climate change. It features good practices and profitable climate change adaptation activities being undertaken by private companies (sometimes in partnership with NGOs or the public sector) from a wide range of regions and sectors.

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UN/ISDR Highlights Caribbean Efforts Towards Carbon Neutrality [viewed]

25 January 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has reported on the work carried out by several Caribbean islands with the Carbon Neutral Tourist Program, which aims to transform the Caribbean region into a carbon neutral destination.  

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