Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Event: Second Committee Special Event on LDCs, LLDCs, SIDS [viewed]

The side event held during the UN General Assembly's Second Committee session, titled 'A crisis mitigation and resilience building mechanism for LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS,' will discuss ways to enhance disaster mitigation and resilience building for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), including through a discussion on the possibilities of establishing a fund. The proceedings of the event will contribute to the consideration of the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for LDCs (IPoA), the Vienna Programme of Action for LLDCs (VPoA), and the SAMOA Pathway for SIDS, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and will feed into the Mid-term Review of the implementation of the IPoA. The discussion will consist of panel presentations by government representatives from LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS, development partners, civil society and the private sector, to be followed by an interactive dialogue among all meeting participants. The meeting will conclude with an informal summary by the Secretariat highlighting the main points of the discussions and specific proposals or ideas leading to action-oriented results.  

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Finance Ministers of the 'Vulnerable Twenty' Launch Founding Communiqué [viewed]

v208 October 2015: The Finance Ministers of 20 countries, representing nearly 700 million people threatened by climate change, announced a series of actions to strengthen climate resilience and low-emission development domestically and globally. In their statement, the Ministers of the 'Vulnerable Twenty' (V20), commit to collective and decisive action, including by promoting the mobilization of climate finance, sharing best practices and engaging in joint actions.

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UNITAR, NAP-GSP Launch National Adaptation Planning Case Studies [viewed]

unitar_nap_gsp5 October 2015: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in collaboration with the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Support Programme (GSP), has developed three NAP case studies to facilitate the sharing of good practices and lessons learned from developing countries' experiences of the NAP process. The case studies aim to help improve countries' access to knowledge and resources for adaptation planning and decision-making.

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UNGA Debate Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

unga703 October 2015: During the general debate of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Heads of State and Government as well as Vice-Presidents, ministers and other high-level officials addressed climate change, among other issues. The statements to the UNGA, which were delivered from 28 September to 3 October 2015 in New York, US, tackled, inter alia: the 2015 agreement; the long-term global goal; climate finance; climate impacts and losses; and mitigation pledges. The general debate followed on the heels of the UN Sustainable Development Summit, during which the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted.

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Loss and Damage Excom Convenes First Meeting [viewed]

UNFCCC26 September 2015: The Executive Committee (Excom) of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage Associated with Climate Change Impacts (Warsaw International Mechanism or WIM) held its first meeting since the adoption of its initial two-year workplan in December 2014, at the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC in Lima, Peru, and the nomination of members in June 2015.

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WHO Calls for Action to Protect Health from Climate Change [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)7 October 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a call to action to raise awareness regarding the health opportunities that can be realized by tackling climate change. The call to action will be presented at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC that will take place in Paris, France, in November-December 2015.

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Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCCOctober 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras and Paraguay have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs).

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APEC Adopts DRR Framework [viewed]

apec30 September 2015: Senior disaster management officials from the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) have introduced a collaborative platform for strengthening the resilience of Asia-Pacific economies, in light of the 'new normal' of increasing natural disaster threats due to climate change. The APEC Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will guide policy coordination within and between APEC economies to combat the increasing frequency, magnitude and scope of disasters, which are endangering lives and economic stability.

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Afghanistan Submits INDC [viewed]

afghanistan flag6 October: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Afghanistan has formally submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets out the country's intended mitigation contribution and its adaptation priorities.

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September 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

energy_sep_2015October 2015: During September 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Clean Investment Funds (CIF), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank, among others, announced sustainable energy project funding and related plans. AfDB and IFC launched publications and reported on events.

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