Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

World Habitat Day Focuses on Urban Mobility, Resilient Cities [viewed]

UN-HABITAT7 October 2013: World Habitat Day 2013, celebrated under the theme 'urban mobility,' recognized the essential role of mobility and access to goods and services in the efficient functioning of expanding cities and towns.

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Local and Regional Leaders Discuss New Global Urban Agenda [viewed]

rabat20137 October 2013: The 2013 World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders – 4th United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) World Congress – convened under the theme, 'Imagine Society, Build Democracy,' incorporating such topics as fostering wellbeing, managing diversity, new governance, and the dynamics of change and solidarity between territories.

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AfDB, IFRC Partner to Address Climate Change, Food Security and Water Issues [viewed]

afdb-ifrcs3 October 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) announced an Africa-wide partnership to address issues including climate change, food security, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and water and sanitation on the continent.

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GEF, UNDP Support Early Warning Systems for Climate Resilience in Africa [viewed]

GEF UNDP2 October 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has reported that the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved a US$43.63m grant for a UNDP-led initiative to strengthen climate information and early warning systems in ten African countries.

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Event: International Day for Disaster Reduction 2013 [viewed]

The International Day for Disaster Reduction will be celebrated on 13 October, under the theme of 'Living with Disability and Disasters'. According to the UN International Strategy on Disaster Reduction (ISDR), approximately one billion people live with some form of disability, representing one-fifth of the world's population, and such persons have unique contributions to help reduce the risk of disasters and build resilient societies and communities. The Day intends to raise awareness of the importance of including the needs of persons living with disabilities in the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR).  

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UNESCO Presents Views on Water Cooperation [viewed]

UNESCOSeptember 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report titled 'Free Flow. Reaching Water Security through Cooperation,' which was published in the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation. The report brings together a range of water professionals and stakeholders to share their knowledge and experiences in water cooperation.

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New AMCOMET Website Launched Ahead of African Climate Conferences [viewed]

amcomet1 October 2013: The African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) launched a new website to increase the visibility of its work in fostering political will to strengthen national meteorological and hydrological services, enabling them to: improve the delivery of weather, climate and water services in Africa; and promote sustainable socioeconomic development.

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Adaptation Fund Approves Funding for Project in Guatemala [viewed]

Adaptation Fund24 September 2013: The Adaptation Fund Board has approved $5.4 million in funding for an adaptation programme in Guatemala that will increase resilience in two municipalities that are frequently exposed to severe floods and droughts.

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GWP Highlights Activities in Egypt, Peru and Pakistan [viewed]

GWP Global logotype19 September 2013: The September issues of News Flows, the newsletter of the Global Water Partnership (GWP), features articles on several GWP conferences and projects, including on: flood management in Pakistan; groundwater management in Peru; and climate resilience in the Nile Basin.

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ODI, Word Bank Release Disaster Financing Report [viewed]

gfdrr-odiSeptember 2013: The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Word Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery released a report titled 'Financing Disaster Risk Reduction: A 20 Year Story of International Aid.' The report draws on data from the past 20 years to examine disaster risk reduction (DRR) financing trends, considering equity and adequacy.

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