Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Event: First Conference of Ministers Responsible for Meteorology in Africa [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in partnership with the African Union (AU). African Ministers responsible for meteorology will meet to address ways of strengthening weather, climate and water information for decision making. The first part of the Conference, from 12 to 14 April, will be a preparatory meeting of experts and partners of all sectors concerned, while the Conference of Ministers will take place on 15 and 16 April. The preparatory expert segment will bring together a broad range of decision makers, users and providers, drawing on their experiences, to improve weather, water and climate information and services. These experiences include for example flood risk management in Mozambique, agrometeorology in Mali and drought insurance in Malawi. The Ministerial Conference is expected to endorse high level support to the expert-based Conference Statement from government representatives and to adopt a Conference Declaration for the development of weather, water and climate services in Africa. The Conference of Ministers Responsible for Meteorology in Africa is a follow-up to the decision of the third World Climate Conference, held by the WMO in 2009, to create the Global Framework for Climate Services.  

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WHO, UNDP Launch Adaptation Project [viewed]

12 March 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched the first global project on public health adaptation to climate change. The project involves a series of pilot projects that will seek to increase the adaptive capacity of national health system institutions, including field practitioners, to respond to health risks associated with climate variability and change.

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UNISDR Launches Resilient Cities Campaign [viewed]

11 March 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has launched the 2010-2011 World Disaster Reduction Campaign “Making Cities Resilient,” which focuses on raising political commitment to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation among local governments and mayors.

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UNFCCC Holds Technical Workshop on Regional Centres' Collaboration [viewed]

11 March 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat organized a technical workshop on collaboration among regional centres and networks, which took place from 2-5 March 2010, Apia, Samoa.

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IMF Chief Proposes Green Fund to Address Climate-Related Shocks in Africa [viewed]

8 March 2010: Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), took part in a panel discussion at the Kenya International Conference Center in Nairobi, and addressed the twin challenges facing Africa: to revive strong growth and reinforce resilience to shocks, including those related to climate change.

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WMO Commission for Climatology Agrees on Future Strategy to Improve Climate Information and Services [viewed]

1 March 2010: Over 150 participants representing 88 countries and three international organizations met at the 15th session of the Commission for Climatology of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Antalya, Turkey, from 19-24 February 2010, and agreed on a future strategy to provide improved climate information and services.

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African Union Celebrates Environment Day Focusing on Climate Change Resilience, Biodiversity Conservation and Traditional Knowledge [viewed]

3 March 2010: The African Union Commission (AUC) commemorated Africa Environment Day under the theme “African Resilience to Climate Change: Biodiversity Conservation and Enhancing Traditional Knowledge,” in celebrations hosted by the Government of Tanzania. 

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International Conference Agrees to Develop the Global Initiative on Community-Based Adaptation [viewed]

2 March 2010: The fourth International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change convened in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 21-27 February 2010.

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UNDP Advances the Climate Change Agenda in Timor-Leste [viewed]

26 February 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) participated in a post-Copenhagen debriefing meeting on 23 February 2010, in Dili, Timor Leste, underlining its commitment to addressing climate change in Timor-Leste.

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Event: CSD 18 SIDS Special Day [viewed]

CSD-18 SIDS Day will serve as a PrepCom for the High-level Review of the Mauritius Strategy for the Implementation (MSI) of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which is scheduled to take place in September 2010.  

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