Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

WHO Launches Framework for Building Climate Resilient Health Systems [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)October 2015: With increasing evidence of health risks associated with climate change, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a publication, titled ‘Operational framework for building climate resilient health systems.' The framework, geared towards public health professionals and health managers, is also meant to support decision-makers and development agencies working in the areas of nutrition, water and sanitation, and emergency management, public health, health system strengthening and climate change adaptation.

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Senior Arctic Officials Advance Arctic Council Agenda [viewed]

Arctic Council23 October 2015: The Senior Arctic Official's meeting, which convened from 20-22 October 2015, in Anchorage, Alaska, brought together senior representatives from the eight Arctic States and the Permanent Participants (six organizations representing Arctic Indigenous peoples) to advance the work of the Arctic Council. The meeting was also the Council's first plenary meeting under US Chairmanship (2015-2017).

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Defense Ministers Highlight Climate Threats to Peace and Security [viewed]

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14 October 2015: At the International Conference on the Implications of Climate Change for Defense, convened by France's Ministry of Defense in the lead-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, defense authorities and experts from 35 countries, the UN, the African Union and the EU shared views on the implications of climate change for defense, peace and security.

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2015 on Path for Hottest Year [viewed]

WMO23 October 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced that 2015 will most likely be the hottest year on record. According to the Global Climate Report from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the world just experienced the hottest January-September on record, as well as the hottest September on record. WMO's provisional Statement on the Status of Global Climate for 2015 will be released in November 2015 in advance of and to inform discussions at the Paris Climate Change Conference. WMO will also release a summary of the global climate from 2011-2015.

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US, Pakistan Form Clean Energy Partnership [viewed]

us-pakistan22 October 2015: The US and Pakistan released a joint statement on a range of issues, including: security; trade and investment; education, science and technology; clean, efficient and affordable energy; efforts to combat climate change; and people-to-people and cultural ties. In the statement, US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif reinforce their commitment to an enduring US-Pakistan partnership, a prosperous Pakistan and a more stable region.

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Workshop Stresses EbA as Basis for Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

CBD21 October 2015: Governments should examine ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR) to provide safety nets for communities, according to the messages of a technical workshop held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The workshop messages were delivered at a side event to the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

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Africa MDG Report Reviews Progress, Looks Forward to SDGs [viewed]

UNECA28 September 2015: Despite challenging initial conditions, African countries have made progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the 2015 edition of an Africa-focused MDG report. This year's report, titled ‘Assessing Progress in Africa Toward the Millennium Development Goals,' emphasizes that success in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will depend on embracing the three dimensions of sustainability, and on “credible means of implementation,” including financing and renewed commitment.

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APUF-6 Anticipates Growing Resource Pressure from Region's Cities [viewed]

apuf_621 October 2015: The Sixth Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-6) reviewed the challenges of urbanization facing the region, as the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) called for stronger governance of cities, better and more accessible data, and blended finance to support cities' capital investments.

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Adaptation Committee Reports on Progress Ahead of SBI, SBSTA [viewed]

UNFCCC20 October 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the Adaptation Committee (FCCC/SB/2015/2) on its work from November 2014-October 2015, in preparation for the 43rd sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). The report highlights progress made toward: promoting coherence in adaptation under the Convention and synergies with organizations, centers and networks; providing technical support and guidance to Parties on adaptation actions and means of implementation; and outreach, awareness raising and information sharing.

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Governments Air Priorities for 2030 Agenda, Sustainable Development [viewed]

unga7020 October 2015: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its discussion of sustainable development (agenda item 20) and several sub-items, including on climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and small island developing States (SIDS). UN Assistant Secretary-General, Lenni Montiel, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), who introduced several reports of the UN Secretary-General, said sustainable development is not confined to one item on the Committee's agenda; instead, the Committee should consider all issues before it through the lens of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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