Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

IFAD Outlines Economic Benefits of Preparing Small-Scale Farmers for Climate Change [viewed]

IFAD13 November 2013: As part of its Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has examined the economic justification behind five of its adaptation activities in Bangladesh, Bolivia, Kenya, Turkey and Viet Nam.

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PROFOR Highlights Forest-based EBA in Honduras [viewed]

profor-cifor-catie12 November 2013: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has released a case study on preserving drinking water through sustainable land use management in Honduras. The report notes that climate change is projected to exacerbate water shortages in Honduras, which already result in rationing.

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UN, World Bank, EU Pledge Support to Sahel [viewed]

un-worldbank8 November 2013: Development leaders traveled to the Sahel region in Africa to discuss governance, resilience, peace and security with the leaders of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger. During the trip, from 4-8 November 2013, the World Bank and EU announced over US$8 billion in investments to boost economic growth and tackle poverty in the region.

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UNGA Second Committee Discusses Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNGA Image5 November 2013: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) debated issues under its agenda item on sustainable development, including climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR), biological diversity, desertification, small island developing States (SIDS), and the role of a post-2015 development agenda.

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UNFCCC Releases Papers on Traditional Knowledge, Loss and Damage, and Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

UNFCCC4 November 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published technical papers addressing the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation, Kyoto Protocol methodological issues, and loss and damage.

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OWG 7 Issue Briefs Released [viewed]

UNGAOctober 2013: The UN Technical Support Team (TST) has issued three briefs in preparation for the seventh session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The documents address the three topics for OWG 7: Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR); Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements; and Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), including Chemicals and Waste.

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African Subregional Reports Highlight SDG Priorities [viewed]

UNECA23 October 2013: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has issued reports from each of Africa's sub-regions on priorities for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including themes and proposed goals, targets and indicators. The reports serve as input to the Africa Regional Consultative Meeting on the SDGs taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 31 October-5 November 2013.

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UNITAR Asia-Pacific Workshop Discusses Adaptation, DRR [viewed]

Unitar16 October 2013: Participants from the Asia-Pacific region shared their experiences with climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR) at a workshop organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Jeju, the Republic of Korea.

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Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa Identifies Development Opportunities [viewed]

ccda-iii24 October 2013: With approximately 500 participants from government, academia and civil society, the Third Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa focused on identifying approaches to strengthen Africa's ability to better prepare for transformational development in the face of climate change.

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Africa Climate Conference 2013 Identifies Priority Areas for Research [viewed]

africa-climate-conference-201323 October 2013: The Africa Climate Conference 2013 (ACC2013) brought together over 300 delegates who adopted a statement identifying four priority areas for research in order to address critical gaps in understanding the African climate system and to bridge the climate science-policy divide.

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