Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum Advances Resilience to Climate-Related Disasters [viewed]

IGAD logo11 June 2013: The 34th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF) was organized by the Intergovernmental Governmental Authority on Development's Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) and other partners to formulate a regional climate outlook over the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA), which is prone to extreme climate events, such as droughts and floods, that severely impact on key socioeconomic sectors.

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ODI Makes the Case for REDD+ in a Green Economy [viewed]

ODI10 June 2013: The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) released a report, titled 'Integrating REDD+ into a green economy transition,' which was produced with support from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD).

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Event: Joint Meeting of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management and Pacific Climate Change Roundtable [viewed]

This Roundtable is co-organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). It is organized around the theme 'Strengthening Resilience: An Integrated Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change for the Pacific'. This joint meeting will bring together actors in disaster risk management and climate change to discuss key issues, challenges and opportunities that can be taken into consideration in the formulation of an integrated regional strategy for disaster risk management and climate change, which is to be adopted by 2015, and which is to succeed the current separate frameworks: Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management Framework for Action 2005–2015 and Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change 2006–2015.  

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UN-HABITAT Showcases City Resilience Profiling Programme [viewed]

Unhabitat27 May 2013: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) highlighted its City Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPP) during a side event titled 'Building Safer and Resilient Cities and Settlements,' held at the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Geneva, Switzerland. CRPP aims to develop a comprehensive, integrated urban management and planning approach to monitor city risk resilience, including to climate change and multi-hazard catastrophic events.

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World Bank Provides Guidance on Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

World Bank3 June 2013: The World Bank has released a publication, titled 'Strong, Safe and Resilient: A Strategic Policy Guide for Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific,' which notes that East Asia and the Pacific is the region most affected by disasters, experiencing both recurrent small-scale events as well as devastating large-scale catastrophes. The report calls on policy makers to invest in disaster preparedness to avoid undoing progress in poverty reduction and development.

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AfDB Stresses Structural Transformation, Adopts Ten-Year Strategy [viewed]

AfDB31 May 2013: The 48th Annual Meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) concluded with the adoption of the Bank's Ten Year Strategy 2013-2022 and 2012 Annual Report, as well as a resolution to return the Bank's headquarters to Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Other key deliberations at the meeting focused on financing infrastructure, sustaining economic growth, and replenishing the African Development Fund (ADF).

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Event: 2nd Climate Change and Population Conference on Africa [viewed]

This conference is organized by the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIP), University of Ghana Legon, Accra, under the auspices of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) Innovation Research.  

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World Health Assembly Calls for New Workplan on Climate Change and Health [viewed]

WHO28 May 2013: The 66th meeting of the World Health Assembly adopted 24 resolutions and five decisions, including a resolution on health and climate change. Delegates considered the impacts of increasing risks of weather-related extremes on both communicable and non-communicable diseases.

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Global DRR Platform Reflects on Increasing Losses from Disasters, Post-2015 Framework [viewed]

globalplatform23 May 2013: The 4th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which was organized by the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), reaffirmed governments' commitment to disaster risk reduction (DRR) and to reversing the trend of mounting economic losses caused by natural disasters and climate change.

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UNISDR Reports on Hyogo Framework for Action Implementation [viewed]

UNISDR23 May 2013: The Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has released a publication, titled “Implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) - Summary of reports 2007-2013,” which provides a detailed account of implementation of the HFA, as described in voluntary self-reporting from countries and regional organizations. The report aims to inform current efforts to reduce disaster risk as well as the planning and development of the post-2015 DRR framework.

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