Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

IFAD Supports Malawi's Efforts to Improve Food Security [viewed]

24 January 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed a loan worth US$22.85 million and a grant for US$22.85 to Malawi to address food security and poverty in six rural districts.

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UN/ISDR Stresses Importance of DRR Following Thailand Floods [viewed]

23 January 2011: Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), met with Thai officials to discuss new government proposals on risk management and urged government support for business and community disaster risk management plans.

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IFAD Supports Chinese Smallholder Farmers in Preparing for Climate Change [viewed]

20 January 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has announced a US$47 million loan to China to enhance the livelihoods of rural men and women through the Guangxi Integrated Agricultural Development Project.

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Event: World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 [viewed]

The World Radiocommunication Conference is organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to review and revise the Radio Regulations, which is the international treaty governing the use of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits. The Conference will focus on, among other things, the changes required to the regulation of orbit/spectrum resources in the interest of the users of these scarce resources. Issues to be addressed will include the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to combat climate change and mitigate its effects, as well as to predict natural disasters and facilitate relief efforts.  

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UN/ISDR Highlights Role of Disaster Reduction in Preventing Climate Displacement [viewed]

19 January 2011: A release by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) highlights that disaster risk reduction (DRR) is key to preventing climate displacement. It notes that human displacement spurred by the “domino effect of climate change” is becoming a major preoccupation of the international community, drawing links among the work of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), UN/ISDR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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WMO Highlights Importance of Radio Frequency Bands for Climate Observations [viewed]

WMO16 January 2012: In its submission to the World Radiocommunication Conference, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) underscores the high dependence of radio frequency bands of weather forecasts, disaster warnings and climate monitoring. WMO warns that increasing pressure on the use of radio spectrum from wireless technology and other applications could hamper Earth observations, as well as efforts to understand and predict climate change.

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IFPRI Reviews Research That Has Provided Insights on Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

January 2012: Over recent years, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a series of highly cited reports on the potential effects of climate change on vulnerable populations, and opportunities for agriculture to contribute to mitigating climate change.

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New WFP Executive Director Appointed [viewed]

17 January 2012: Ertharin Cousin (US) has been appointed Executive Director of the UN (WFP), following confirmation by the office of the UN Secretary-General. She is to take office in April 2012.

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FAO Identifies Opportunities for Climate-smart Agriculture Investments in Africa [viewed]

FAO15 January 2012: Amid the challenge of increasing food production in Africa to meet demand for a growing population and increasing impacts of climate change on food security, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report that assesses the potential for climate-smart investments of the National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans (NAFSIPs) of 14 African countries.

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Newly Elected ECOSOC President Outlines Priorities [viewed]

10 January 2012: Slovak Ambassador Miloš Koterec has been elected to serve as President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Addressing the Council in New York, US, after his election, Koterec called for a new approach to development, including changing old perceptions about development and finding new ways to optimize cooperation among donor and aid recipient countries.

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