Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

World Bank Increases Resilience of Coastal Population in Bangladesh [viewed]

world-bank_cif26 June 2013: The World Bank is providing $400 million to increase the resilience of coastal population to tidal flooding and natural disasters in Bangladesh. This funding will benefit 8.5 million people and is expected to improve agriculture development, employment and food security in the country.

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World Bank Outlines Benefits of Climate Action [viewed]

World Bank25 June 2013: Noting that the world is heading towards an increase in average temperature of 4° Celsius by the end of the century, a World Bank report titled 'Growing Green: The Economic Benefits of Climate Action' highlights three strategic areas of investment – energy efficiency, cleaner energy and improved natural resource management – to promote green growth and climate change resilience, particularly in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region.

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Event: 21st Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board [viewed]

The Board of the Adaptation Fund will meet from 3-4 July 2013, in Bonn, Germany. Issues to be considered include the report of the 12th meeting of the Project and Programme Review Committee; the report of the 12th meeting of the Ethics and Finance Committee; objectives and further steps of the Fund; environmental and social safeguards; and financial issues. The Adaptation Fund has been established by the parties to the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to finance concrete adaptation projects and programmes in developing countries that are parties to the Kyoto Protocol and are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.  

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UN Committee Discusses Space-based Data for Sustainable Development [viewed]

Logo Unoosa 10021 June 2013: The UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) held its 56th session from 12-21 June 2013, at the UN Office in Vienna, Austria. According to the UN Information Service Vienna (UNIS Vienna), the session included a new agenda item on "Space and sustainable development," under which the Committee discussed contributions of space-technology-based data for sustainable development policy-making.

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LDC Fund, Special Climate Change Fund Receive $198 Million in New Pledges [viewed]

20gef44 June 2013: The 14th meeting of the Adaptation to Climate Change for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) Council adopted decisions on, inter alia: the joint work program for the LDCF/SCCF; and the administrative budgets of the Funds. The Funds were bolstered by additional pledges, amounting to US$129 million for the LDCF and US$69.2 million for the SCCF.

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WMO Formulates Recommendations to Support Risk Assessment [viewed]

WMO15 June 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) organized the First Technical Workshop on Support to Risk Assessment, where representatives from countries and organizations, as well as experts, met to explore needs for hazard information to conduct risk assessment and analysis. Participants discussed recommendations that could contribute to enhance preparedness for disasters.

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World Bank Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Africa, Asia and the Coastal Poor [viewed]

World Bank19 June 2013: The World Bank has released a report, titled 'Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience,' which looks at the likely impacts of present day, 2°C and 4°C warming on agricultural production, water resources, coastal ecosystems and cities across Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and South East Asia.

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FAO Statistical Yearbook Highlights Food Production's GHG Emissions [viewed]

FAO19 June 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released its Statistical Yearbook for 2013, which provides a lens into agriculture's contribution to climate change, natural resource management, and food security.

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UN-HABITAT, UNISDR Launch DRR, CCA Technical Centre for Southern Africa [viewed]

unhabitat-unisdr15 June 2013: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) launched a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Technical Centre for Southern Africa, known as 'DIMSUR.' Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and the Comoros requested UN-HABITAT and UNISDR to facilitate the process to establish the Centre, which aims to reduce vulnerability and build community resilience in the four countries.

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World Day to Combat Desertification Focuses Attention on Drought and Water Scarcity [viewed]

World Day to Combat Desertification 201117 June 2013: Events to mark the 2013 edition of the annual World Day to Combat Desertification are focusing attention on the theme 'Don't let our future dry up.' The selection of the topics of drought and water scarcity seeks to take into account that 2013 is also the International Year of Water Cooperation. 

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