Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN Agencies Hold Training to Strengthen DRR Capacity [viewed]

UNDP4 December 2014: During an inter-agency training on improving disaster risk reduction (DRR), 24 participants from five UN agencies learned about best-practices in capacity development for DRR and emergency preparedness to help countries assess their capacities and establish frameworks for addressing gaps.

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COP 20 Side Event Explores Role of Science in Climate Justice [viewed]

limacop203 December 2014: The ethics of loss and damage are complicated by the difficulties in linking damages from extreme weather events to changing emissions, according to an event at the Lima Climate Change Conference organized by the Met Office Hadley Centre, Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) and the University of Reading. The event, 'Climate Change Science Update: The Challenges for Robust Decision Making,' also explored barriers to making climate projections; risk management in the face of uncertainty; and climate justice.

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JICA, Peru Highlight Cooperation on DRM at COP 20 Event [viewed]

limacop203 December 2014: The event 'Disaster Risk Management (DRM) for Climate Change Adaption in Peru' explored collaborative initiatives between the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Peruvian government, highlighting the necessity of incorporating DRM into all sectors of Peru's planning processes. JICA and Peru's Presidencia del Consejo de Ministros (PCM) convened the side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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Guest Article #118: The Adaptation Fund's Success Story [viewed]

In just a few short years, the Adaptation Fund (AF) has built a focused, effective, and transparent climate adaptation financing instrument that directly aids the most vulnerable communities in developing countries.

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UN Secretary-General's Synthesis Report Proposes 6 Elements for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

syntesis-proposal4 December 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released an advance version of his synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda, titled ‘The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet.' In the report, Ban proposes an integrated set of six essential elements: dignity; people; prosperity; planet; justice; and partnership.

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2014 One of Hottest Years on Record, Says WMO [viewed]

WMO3 December 2014: 2014 is turning out to be one of the hottest years, if not the hottest year, on record, according to preliminary estimates by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO attributes the high temperatures to record high sea surface temperatures, which contributed to heavy rainfall and floods in many countries and extreme drought in others. The WMO's provisional statement of the ‘Status of the Global Climate in 2014' is intended to inform the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Lima, Peru.

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World Bank Loan to Help Uruguay Mitigate Climate Shocks [viewed]

World Bank2 December 2014: The World Bank Group has approved a US$200 million loan to stabilize electricity costs and tariffs in the event of droughts in Uruguay, with the aim of avoiding financial pressures that might affect the government's ability to provide services to the poor. The loan will contribute to providing insurance coverage to support the Energy Stabilization Fund in mitigating climate shocks while helping to diversify the country's energy sector.

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EU Parliament Outlines Priorities for Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

europeanparliament27 November 2014: The European Parliament has adopted a resolution defining its collective priorities for the post-2015 development agenda. Priorities include ending poverty and fighting inequalities, a human rights-based approach, and a variety of social, economic, and environmental development issues.

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CEB Publication Highlights UN System's Climate Change Efforts [viewed]

CEBNovember 2014: The UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) has showcased how the UN system is working together to support climate change action at the global, regional and national levels in a report, titled 'How the UN System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change: The UN System Delivering as One on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.'

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WMO Releases 'Weather Reports from the Future' for Lima Climate Change Conference [viewed]

WMO1 December 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has invited television weather presenters from around the world to “imagine a weather report from the year 2050.” While they will present possible scenarios, not true forecasts, the reports are based on the most up-to-date climate science and paint a picture of what life could possibly be like if the planet continues to warm.

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