Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Event: World Conference on Disaster Management 2016 [viewed]

The largest of its kind in North America, the World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM) is expected to bring together more than 1500 attendees and speakers from over 40 countries, including decision makers, as well as practitioners, in emergency management, risk management, crisis communications and first response, and focus on the “before-during-after” crisis cycle. In addition to education sessions, pre- and post-conference workshops and poster presentations the conference will include an interactive tradeshow, during which participants will be able to see the latest technologies in the disaster management industry. Participants will be able to, inter alia: exchange information and experiences from other countries and industries; network globally and locally; and learn about methods to improve preparedness in a cost-effective manner. The conference is being organized by Diversified Communications Canada.  

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Event: Second Session of Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group on Terminology and Indicators [viewed]

The second formal session of this expert working group will meet from 10-11 February 2016, preceded by an informal session on 9 February. The meeting will address indicators to measure global progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, and DRR terminology. The working group was established by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and is comprised of experts nominated by States, and supported by the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR), with relevant stakeholder involvement. Its aim is to develop a set of possible indicators and terminology to measure global progress in implementing the Framework in coherence with the work of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs).  

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Event: 7th International Conference on Integrated Natural Disaster Management [viewed]

The 7th International Conference on Integrated Natural Disaster Management (INDM) will bring together Iranian and international experts in risk and disaster management to discuss a range of topics in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030. The conference will focus on four priority action areas: understanding disaster risk, including exposure, vulnerability and hazard characteristics; strengthening disaster risk governance to manage risk; investing in DRR for resilience; and enhancing disaster preparedness to effectively respond and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction. More specifically, the conference will address: climate change adaptation; risk management with an emphasis on earthquakes, floods, storms and extreme heat and cold; risk management in massive religious structures; interaction and communication of risk in controlling the consequences of natural hazards; the role of urban strategies in disaster preparedness and response; the use of new technologies, such as remote sensing, monitoring and warning systems, innovations and inventions; national strategies for risk and crisis management; health management in crisis, with the aim of reducing amputations; mental health management of survivors, particularly children and women; and population management to prevent deaths during religious ceremonies. The conference is being organized by the Global Risk Forum (GRF Davos) and the INDM Secretariat.  

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Event: Second Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage [viewed]

The Second Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage Associated with Climate Change Impacts. The meeting is expected to discuss, inter alia: engagement of Executive Committee members in external activities; the Committee's two-year workplan and the delivery of activities; progress and intersessional e-brainstroming related to the Warsaw Mechanism's various action areas and related activities; specific work to be undertaken in the first half of 2016; any relevant requests arising from the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC; and arrangements for the Mechanism's operationalization.

The Warsaw Mechanism, which was established at COP 19 in November 2013, aims to address loss and damage associated with the impacts of climate change, including extreme events and slow onset events in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. The Mechanism's Executive Committee aims to guide the implementation of the functions of Mechanism, and is guided by and accountable to, and reports annually to, the COP.  

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Event: UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework [viewed]

This conference will promote and support the availability and application of science and technology to disaster risk reduction (DRR)-related decision making. It will bring together the science and technology community, policymakers, practitioners and researchers from all geographical regions to discuss how the science and technology community can support implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030. The expected conference outcomes are to: launch the UN Office for DRR's (UNISDR) Science and Technology Partnership for implementing the Framework; discuss and endorse the UNISDR Science and Technology Roadmap to 2030; and identify expected outcomes of science and technology work under the Framework's priorities for action and ways to monitor progress and review emerging needs. The conference will include a high-level panel during which the Science and Technology Roadmap will be introduced, agreed and endorsed. It will also include workstreams on: the Scientific and Technical Partnership to support the Framework's implementation; understanding disaster risk, risk assessment and early warning; leveraging science through capacity development and research; and use of science, technology and innovation tools, methods and standards to support implementation and reporting. Each work stream will include various subgroup meeting on related themes.

This conference is being organized by UNISDR in coordination with its Scientific and Technology Advisory Group (STAG), and in cooperation with, inter alia, the International Council for Science (ICSU), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN University (UNU), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).  

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Event: Course on Geospatial Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Horn of Africa [viewed]

The aim of this 10-day course, which is being sponsored by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), is to provide participants with: geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing methodologies related to disaster risk assessment; and training on the concepts of available geospatial technologies and methodologies for risk assessment and satellite-based mapping. At the end of the course, students are be expected to be able to: define and describe basic concepts and terminologies related to geospatial information technology (GIT); apply basic methods and functionalities for GIS analysis and mapping; identify, access, search, collect, organize and analyze geospatial data relevant to DRR; apply GIS methodologies and tools to perform disaster risk assessment; and understand and explain the advantages and limitations of using geospatial information in DRR.

The course will: provide insight into the various tools available in GIS for DRR; and introduce students to applications of geospatial technologies for DRR, with case studies for flood and drought, and map layouts. This course will include: lectures and GIS lab exercises using local datasets and real case scenarios; 10 modules; and a balanced approach between theoretical and practical methodologies.

The course is targeted to disaster management professionals working in government organizations who want to strengthen their practical skills in applications of geospatial technologies for DRR. Upon completion of the course, students will be presented with a UN Certificate from UNITAR. Participants are encouraged to complete the course ‘Getting Started with GIS' (http://training.esri.com/gateway/index.cfm?fa=catalog.webCourseDetail&courseid=2500).  

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December 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

December 2015 Climate Finance Update21 December 2015: During the month of December, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund and the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), among others, reported on new financing pledges and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and UN initiatives launched studies, reports and briefs on, inter alia, climate risks and resilience, and adaptation finance. A large number of climate finance-related side events were held during the UN Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.

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Korean Cities Agree to Hold Annual Forum on Sendai Framework [viewed]

unisdr_southkorea7 December 2015: An Annual Forum for Korean Cities was launched by 156 Korean municipalities in order to strengthen implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The decision to launch this initiative happened during a City Resilience Summit taking place at the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Global Education and Training Institute (GETI), in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

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Conference Addresses Climate Change Impacts on Indigenous Peoples [viewed]

indigenous201527 November 2015: The conference addressing 'Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change,' which convened in advance of the Paris Climate Change Conference, discussed indigenous peoples' knowledge of climate change, as well as their responses to its impacts.

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Legislators Summit Highlights Role in 2030 Agenda, DRR, Expected Paris Agreement [viewed]

globe_international5 December 2015: Legislators from around the world discussed their role in implementing, monitoring and enforcing the major agreements of 2015: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR); and the expected agreement from the Paris Climate Change Conference. The discussions took place at the Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE) COP 21 Legislators Summit.

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