Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Event: Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) [viewed]

The US Department of State is hosting the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) to highlight the most urgent issues facing the Arctic, as well as innovative approaches at the local, national and international levels to addressing the region's challenges. Foreign ministers and other key stakeholders will gather at the conference to define the most crucial challenges and to raise awareness about climate change impacts in the Arctic. Representatives from Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the EU have been invited to participate in GLACIER, alongside policymakers, indigenous leaders, and public and private sector representatives from Alaska and the Arctic region. US President Barack Obama is expected to address the conference. Along with plenaries, a social media blitz, and outside events leading up to, during and after GLACIER, parallel panel sessions during the conference will address: climate change in the Arctic and beyond; strengthening emergency response; preventing unregulated Arctic high seas fisheries; renewable energy; science cooperation; and household innovations that promote economic efficiency and community health.  

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Experts in Americas Commit to Implementing Sendai Framework for DRR [viewed]

UNISDR14 August 2015: Experts from the Americas have committed to take action to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, the 15-year plan agreed in March 2015 that aims to reduce deaths and losses caused by natural and manmade hazards. The 2nd Regional Conference for the Exchange of Information in Civil and Military Operations for Disaster Risk Management aimed to raise the awareness of those attending the conference about the content of the Sendai Framework.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Climate Change Action, SD Implementation [viewed]

ban_ki_moonAugust 2015: In his report on the 'Work of the Organization,' UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expresses optimism that “we will soon arrive at a new vision for sustainable development, new directions for the maintenance of peace and security, a renewed embrace of human rights, and a stronger United Nations to help bring our goals to life.” He calls on all countries to submit ambitious national contributions that detail how they will address climate change in the post-2020 period.

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July 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

climate_finance_au20151 August 2015: During the month of July, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) reported on climate finance developments. ADB, the European Investment Bank (EIB), IDB, the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the UN Environment Programme DTU Partnership (UDP) released climate finance-related publications, articles and videos. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), CIF, GCF and the World Bank published news on climate-related events.

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UN Security Council, US Department of Defense Address Security Implications of Climate Change [viewed]

dod_sc30 July 2015: The UN Security Council, under the presidency of New Zealand, held an open debate on the subject of 'Maintenance of international peace and security: peace and security challenges facing small island developing States (SIDS).' In related news, the US Department of Defense (DoD) released a report, titled 'National Security Implications of Climate-Related Risks and a Changing Climate.'

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UNISDR to Develop Disaster Risk Management Standards for Hotels in Asia and Pacific [viewed]

UNISDRS29 July 2015: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has announced a plan to develop and pilot disaster risk management standards for the hotel industry in Asia and the Pacific, where 80% of the world's disaster events take place.

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Pacific Islands, Partners to Strengthen Weather and Climate Services [viewed]

wmo-sprep25 July 2015: The Third Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC-3), which met under the theme 'Sustainable Weather and Climate Services for a Resilient Pacific,' brought together over 100 Pacific Meteorological Directors, partners and stakeholders to discuss how to strengthen meteorology in the Pacific. The meeting, which convened from 20-23 July 2015, in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, preceded the first Pacific Ministers Meeting on Meteorology (PMMM) on 24 July.

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UNISDR Spearheads Training for Local Governments on Sendai Framework for DRR [viewed]

UNISDRS24 July 2015: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has begun training programmes for local governments, focusing on developing strategies based on action priorities outlined in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), agreed in March 2015, which emphasizes the role of local governments in achieving DRR and a reduction in the loss of lives, livelihoods and health over the next 15 years.

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Africa Kick Starts Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction Implementation [viewed]

unisdr_au23 July 2015: African Governments gathered in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from 20-23 July 2015, to launch a global drive to apply the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Representatives from 37 African Governments agreed to work together towards substantial reductions in disaster losses over the next 15 years, including reductions in mortality, the numbers of people affected and the economic damage caused by natural and human-induced hazards.

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Vatican, Mayors Highlight Links between Climate Change and Human Trafficking [viewed]

pontifica_academia21 July 2015: At a summit for mayors of 70 cities from around the world, Pope Francis spoke on climate change and its links to human trafficking, health problems and unemployment. During the event, titled 'Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of Cities,' the Pope and the mayors signed a declaration highlighting the "very vital role" of cities "in the face of the emergencies attributable to human-induced climate change, social exclusion, and extreme poverty."

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