Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN Secretary-General Addresses Replenishment Conference for the Central Emergency Response Fund [viewed]

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 4 December 2008: In a message delivered at the High-level Conference on the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), organized by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined the key role played by the Organization in terms of emergency assistance. He noted the importance of humanitarian disaster response for development, and stressed that the financial crisis, climate change and population growth are likely to increase demands for relief aid in the future.

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Inter-Agency Standing Committee Calls For Efforts to Reduce Climate-Induced Disaster Risks [viewed]

3 December 2008: The Inter-Agency Standing Committee, comprising nearly 20 UN agencies and aid organizations, appealed for increased global action to boost preparedness for effective response to disasters brought on by climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Asia to Foster Economic Growth While Mitigating Climate Change [viewed]

Clinton Global Initiative Asia Meeting Website

2 December 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative that convened in Hong Kong, China, from 2-3 December 2008, in a video message. He underlined the interrelations between the financial turmoil, accelerating climate change, persistent poverty and hunger, and called on the Asia-Pacific region to play a “leading role” in averting a “human catastrophe.”

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OCHA Launches Humanitarian Impact of Climate Change Campaign [viewed]

A boy whose house was destroyed by Cyclone Nargis that hit Myanmar in May 2008 watches an approaching storm. [Photo: UNICEF/Adam Dean] 2 December 2008: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the humanitarian implications of climate change.

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FAO Releases Report on Impact of Climate Change-Related Disasters on Food Security in Pacific Islands [viewed]

2 December 2008: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a report entitled Climate Change and Food Security in Pacific Island Countries, jointly published with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and the University of the South Pacific. The report warns that climate change-related disasters such as cyclones, flash floods and droughts have constrained development efforts in the Pacific islands and are likely to have a serious impact on their food production.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Issues Adaptation Papers for Parties' Consideration [viewed]

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, Poznań, Poland - COP 14, 1-12 December 2008 24 November 2008: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released four papers on adaptation in an effort to aid parties in carrying out adaptation measures. Two of these papers are related to the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA).

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APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting Adopts Declaration Committing to Combat Climate Change [viewed]

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 23 November 2008: The sixteenth Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum economic leaders' meeting was organized under the theme “A New Commitment to Asia-Pacific Development,” and convened in Lima, Peru, from 22-23 November 2008. The meeting concluded with the adoption of a declaration in which the economic leaders commit to enhance their cooperation to improve risk reduction and fight climate change.

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FAO Adopts Immediate Plan of Action to Address Crucial Challenges [viewed]

The FAO Conference in session. 22 November 2008: The 35th Special Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Conference, which convened from 18-22 November 2008, in Rome, Italy, has adopted a three-year Immediate Plan of Action (IPA), which will implement an agenda for “reform with growth” as recommended by an independent external evaluation completed last year.

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WMO Issues El Niño/La Niña Update [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization

21 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released an update on the current situation and outlook of El Niño/La Niña.

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WMO Addresses Improvements in the Accuracy of Short-Term High-Impact Weather Forecasts [viewed]

The Observing System Research and Predictability Experiment (THORPEX) 20 November 2008: The seventh session of the World

Meteorological Organization (WMO) Observing System Research and Predictability

Experiment (THORPEX) International Core Steering Committee convened at WMO

headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from 18-20 November 2008.

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