Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

African Decision Makers Discuss Risk Management and Financing for Resilience [viewed]

ur20 November 2015: The first 'Understanding Risk and Finance Conference for Africa' provided a forum for African decision makers to discuss strategies and approaches to mitigate the socioeconomic, fiscal, and financial impacts of disasters, including those of climate change.

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UNISDR Asia Partnership Meeting Advances Work on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

UNISDR20 November 2015: Participants at the 2nd Asia Partnership Meeting of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) have developed a draft regional plan for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in Asia. The draft plan will be submitted to the 2016 Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) for further discussion and adoption.

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Majority of Disasters are Weather-related: UNISDR Reports [viewed]

UNISDR23 November 2015: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has released a report, titled 'The Human Cost of Weather-Related Disasters 1995-2015,' which finds that 90% of disasters around the world are caused by weather extremes, such as floods, storms heatwaves or droughts. Over the past 20 years, these disasters have caused 606,000 deaths and left 4.1 billion people injured, homeless or in need of emergency assistance.

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UNGA Meets Informally on Refugee Crisis [viewed]

unga7019 November 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held an informal meeting on advancing a comprehensive response to the global humanitarian and refugee crisis. Participants discussed: providing protection including through third-country resettlement; ensuring adequate and predictable financing; and increasing support to receiving countries. Many said it is not possible to continue business-as-usual in humanitarian affairs, and welcomed the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit.

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UN High-Level Events Address Water, Sanitation and DRR; UNSGAB Launches Concluding Report [viewed]

un_sanitation_day19 November 2015: The UN addressed the role of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and water management in ensuring food security, increasing access to energy and tackling urbanization challenges at the Second UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters. The Session convened as part of a series of coordinated events for the UN High-Level Water and Sanitation Days 2015, which included World Toilet Day and culminated with the final meeting of the UN Secretary-General's Special Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB).

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El Niño Conference Calls for Preparedness Action Based on Improved Forecasts [viewed]

elnino201518 November 2015: Scientists participating in the El Niño 2015 Conference noted that forecasts of, and preparedness for, the impacts of the 2015 El Niño event have improved. They called on decision makers to take action based on these improved forecasts, stressing that enhanced preparedness is highly dependent on action at the local level.

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WorldRisk Report 2015: Food Insecurity Increases Disaster Risk [viewed]

UNU17 November 2015: 
The UN University (UNU) has launched a report addressing the consequences of extreme natural events in 171 countries, and the connection between food security and disaster risk. Upon the report's launch, Peter Mucke, Managing Director of the WorldRiskReport 2015, said crises and disasters cause hunger, the “catastrophic effects of natural hazards” can be decreased by ensuring that people are fed, and hungry people are more vulnerable to disasters, wars and conflicts.

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Arab Countries Agree on Roadmap to Implement Sendai Framework [viewed]

unisdr_arab13 November 2015: The Arab region agreed on a roadmap for implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 in order to reduce disaster losses, and which is intended to revitalize the disaster risk coordination mechanism established in 2007 by the League of Arab States. More than 120 participants representing governments, cities, academia, civil society, youth and international organizations met in Cairo, Egypt, to launch an Arab Strategy for DRR specific to the region's needs and priorities and aligned with the Sendai Framework's targets.

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El Salvador, Nauru and Somalia Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC17 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that El Salvador, Nauru and Somalia have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 165. All three INDCs are submitted in the context of sustainable development plans or laws that are in place or that the countries have planned, and note that their contributions depend largely on external financing and support.

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Event: 2nd ISDR Asia Partnership Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

This meeting will discuss substantive preparations of the Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016 to be held in New Delhi, India, from 14-17 November 2016. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss issues related to implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) at the regional, national and local levels. The ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP) aims to, inter alia, support the political leadership of the regional platform through the ministerial conferences, and improve regional coordination and coherence through experience sharing. IAP members have stressed the need for transforming the IAP to support implementation of the Sendai Framework. The meeting is being organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP).  

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