Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

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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WMO Experts Issue Update on Impacts of Climate Change on Tropical Cyclones [viewed]

23 February 2010: The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Expert Team on Climate Change Impacts on Tropical Cyclones has published a scientific paper in Nature Geoscience, updating its 2006 assessment on possible consequences of climate change on tropical cyclones.

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CARICOM-Mexico Summit Issues Climate Change Declaration [viewed]

22 February 2010: The Heads of State and Government of Mexico and the Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) gathered for their first Summit in the Mexican Riviera Maya on 21 February 2010, to discuss tackling joint challenges, including climate change.

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Short Video of Grenada Highlights Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

16 February 2010: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), in collaboration with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) and UN-TV, are producing a series of short films to highlight the challenges faced by small island developing States (SIDS).

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IFAD's 33rd Governing Council Addresses Climate Change, Food Security and Smallholder Agriculture [viewed]

18 February 2010: The Governing Council of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) held its 33rd session from 17-18 February 2010, in Rome, Italy, to discuss: the Eighth Replenishment of IFAD's resources; IFAD's budget; revisions of IFAD's lending policies and criteria; progress on the performance-based allocation system; progress on the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); and a synthesis of the global meeting of the Farmers' Forum 2010.

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UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation Releases Hashimoto Action Plan II [viewed]

9 February 2010: The UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) has released the Hashimoto Action Plan II (HAP II), which aims to motivate, convene and galvanize its partners to achieve the water-related Millennium Development Goals over the next three years in five key areas: financing; sanitation; monitoring and reporting; integrated water resources management (IWRM); and water and disaster.

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