Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

WMO Executive Council Addresses Climate Services, Extreme Weather [viewed]

WMO3 July 2014: The Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) convened its annual meeting to focus on, inter alia, providing better weather and climate services to protect urban-based global populations challenged by climate change, extreme weather events, pollution, pressure on water supplies and food insecurity.

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Event: WaterLinks Forum 2014 [viewed]

WaterLinks Forum 2014 will focus on urban water insecurity and wastewater efficiency in Asia and the Pacific through the lenses of climate change, disaster preparedness and water scarcity. Technical presentations will take place on water loss reduction, wastewater management and reuse, water quality monitoring and management, and climate change resilience. The Forum will also include a partnership matchmaking and networking session, and an innovation and knowledge fair. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) supports WaterLinks through the Water Operators Partnerships (WOPs) Program. WaterLinks is organizing the Forum with support from ADB, the International Water Association (IWA), the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance.  

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Managers Discuss Challenges Facing Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

Unesco1 July 2014: Representatives from 26 biosphere reserves from 19 countries issued a joint statement following the Fourth Meeting of the Global Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves. The statement notes challenges and threats faced by these sites related to climate change and natural disasters; water, energy and food self-sufficiency; and waste management.

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June 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdb30 June 2014: During the months of May and June, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have reported on various climate finance activities and projects, or published reports or newsletters related to climate finance.

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UNEP FI, Insurance Companies Launch Risk Management Initiative [viewed]

Principles for Sustainable Insurance27 June 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative (FI) and global insurance companies launched an initiative to tackle natural disaster risk by identifying the most effective measures to combat disasters and helping communities implement them.

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Asian Ministerial DRR Conference Adopts Bangkok Declaration [viewed]

AMCDRR-626 June 2014: The Sixth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) concluded with the adoption of the 'Bangkok Declaration,' which commends the progress made under the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) on capacity building, early warning systems, awareness-raising and understanding risk. Looking forward, the Declaration points to the need for increased attention to local resilience, scaling up public investment and utilizing public-private partnerships.

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CCAFS Calls for Research on Climate Variability [viewed]

CCAFS18 June 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has published a blog post summarizing the findings of the research paper 'Climate Variability and Vulnerability to Climate Change: A Review,' and calling for more research on how climate variability will affect the agricultural sector.

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UNEP Launches Programme Performance Report 2013 [viewed]

Unep Logo23 June 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released its 'Programme Performance Report 2012-2013' on the occasion of the first UN Environmental Assembly (UNEA). The report reflects the extent to which the organization is bringing about change, especially its monetary value-add, and shows where services are most effective and where there is space to improve strategy or modus operandi.

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UNDP Annual Report Showcases Achievements by Region [viewed]

UNDPJune 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released its 2013/2014 Annual Report, titled ‘New Partnerships for Development.' According to the forward by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, the report shows how UNDP is evolving in its operations, as outlined in its 2014-2017 Strategic Plan, and notes its alignment of efforts behind inclusive, sustainable and resilient development. Clark also emphasizes that UNDP “will continue a final push to achieve the MDGs” in more than 50 countries.

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World Day to Combat Desertification Highlights Climate, Desertification Links [viewed]

world_day_to_combat_desertification_201417 June 2014: To commemorate the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) 2014, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) organized, and the World Bank hosted, in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), TerrAfrica and Connect4Climate, a day-long 'Global Observance Event' on ecosystem-based adaptation under the theme, 'Land Belongs to the Future – Let's Climate Proof it.' The event fostered high-level discussions on common solutions to the interlinked challenges of climate change and desertification.

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