Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Workshop Addresses Earth Observations and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus [viewed]

fao-esa-gwsp27 March 2014: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) hosted the Workshop on Earth Observations (EO) and the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus. Participants discussed: examples of EO contributions to WEF nexus assessments; information needs of WEF policy-makers; gaps in monitoring information and services that could be addressed by EO; and development of a synthesis report on the state of EO applications to WEF issues.

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ITU, UNFCCC, UNESCO Propose Adaptive Pathways for ICT Sector [viewed]

itu-unfccc-unesco28 April 2014: Climate change will cause unavoidable impacts that will affect the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, making adaptive practices the "new normal," according to a report by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Deutsche Telekom.

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Indian Ocean Countries Collaborate on Climate Data Rescue [viewed]

gfcs24 April 2014: The International Workshop on the Recovery and Digitization of Climate Heritage in the Indian Ocean Rim Countries and Islands convened in recognition of the need to accelerate the recovery of the region's historical climate records. At the workshop, governments established the INdian Ocean Data REscue Initiative (INDARE), adopted a declaration and agreed to finalize an INDARE implementation plan.

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ECLAC Launches Third Edition of Disaster Assessment Handbook [viewed]

ECLAC24 April 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) launched the third edition of its 'Handbook on Disaster Assessment,' updating the methodology developed by ECLAC and now used worldwide to assess the social, economic and environmental impacts of disasters, including natural ones. 

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WFP Maps Climate Vulnerabilities in Andean Region [viewed]

World Food Programme22 April 2014: The poorest communities of the Andean region are especially vulnerable to climate-related disasters, a new atlas released by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) finds. The 'Atlas of Food Security, Disasters and Climate Change' maps climate, food security and disaster threats that will impede the sustainable development of communities in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

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Pacific Region Launches Resilience Innovation and Leadership Award [viewed]

UNISDR24 April 2014: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Sub-Regional Office for the Pacific launched the Pacific Innovation and Leadership Award for Resilience (PILAR), coinciding with the approaching 10th anniversary of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) and in advance of a HFA successor agreement and post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) to be endorsed in Japan in 2015.

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April 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-idb-afdb-ebrd-gefApril 2014: Throughout April 2014, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved finance for and highlighted results of projects across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, as well as in small island developing states (SIDS) to: improve water supply and sanitation; build urban and rural water infrastructure; reduce water-related disaster risk and increase climate resilience; improve agricultural water efficiency; construct hydro-power facilities; protect aquatic biodiversity; and promote transboundary water cooperation.

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UN Global Compact Publishes 10 Briefs on SDGs, Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

Globalcompact10 April 2014: The UN Global Compact has launched a series of issue briefs on the post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The briefs address the following priority issues: climate and energy; education; food and agriculture; governance and human rights; health; infrastructure and technology; peace and stability; poverty; water and sanitation; and women's empowerment. 

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Central American Countries to Join Risk Insurance Facility [viewed]

CCRIF21 April 2014: Finance ministers from Central American and Caribbean countries gathered during the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring Meetings to discuss how the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) might be expanded to include Central American countries. Honduras and Nicaragua were the first Central American countries to announce they will become CCRIF members.

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OWG Co-Chairs Issue Working Document with 16 Focus Areas, 140 Targets [viewed]

owg17 April 2014: The Co-chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have issued a revised working document in preparation for the OWG's 11th session. The new document represents the latest revision to the set of "focus areas" under consideration in the OWG. It includes 16 focus areas and 140 targets.

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