Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

February 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

climate-finance27 February 2014: During the month of February, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the GEF and the Adaptation Fund announced funding for climate-related projects or published reports on climate finance.

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IDB Hosts Discussion Panel on Healthy, Green and Sustainable Cities [viewed]

IDB26 February 2014: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/CoA) co-hosted a discussion panel for the launch of the Winter 2014 issue of 'Americas Quarterly,' centered on the theme 'Our Cities, Our Future: Making Cities Healthy, Green and Sustainable.' 

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Adaptation Fund Finances Projects in Cuba, Seychelles and Uzbekistan [viewed]

Adaptation Fund26 February 2014: Following contributions from Germany, Switzerland, Norway and the Brussels Region, the Adaptation Fund has approved financing for US$17 million worth of projects in Cuba, Seychelles and Uzbekistan, all of which will be implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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UNU Argues for a Holistic Approach to Vulnerability Measurement [viewed]

UNU-EHS20 February 2013: Assessing a community's adaptive capacities, coping strategies and vulnerability cannot be done by focusing on economic or past losses, according to the second edition of a book by the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), titled 'Measuring Vulnerability to Natural Hazards: Towards Disaster Resilient Societies.' 

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UN Launches International Year of SIDS [viewed]

iy24 February 2014: At the global launch of the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to be celebrated throughout 2014, Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador of Climate Change and SIDS, Seychelles, who served as Master of Ceremonies, noted that the occasion marks the first time the UN has dedicated an International Year to a particular category of countries.

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OWG Co-Chairs Compile 19 'Focus Areas' [viewed]

owg21 February 2014: The Co-Chairs of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have assembled a list of 19 'Focus Areas' for consideration by Member States as they seek to identify SDGs and accompanying targets. In a letter accompanying the Focus Areas, released on 21 February 2014, Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and Csaba Kőrösi (Hungary) write that further action in these areas is necessary to build "prosperous, peaceful and resilient societies that also protect the planet."

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WMO/ESCAP Experts Confirm: 2013 Typhoon Season Well-above Average [viewed]

typhooncommittee21 February 2014: The 46th Session of the Typhoon Committee of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed that an above-average number of storms occurred in the 2013 typhoon season.

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February 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdbFebruary 2014: Throughout the month of February, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) undertook a number of activities and highlighted various projects in a range of countries, including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cameroon, Djibouti, the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mauritius, Moldova, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Romania, Swaziland, Turkey and Zimbabwe. 

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OCHA Highlights Funding Needs for Crises Preparedness and Prevention [viewed]

UNOCHA14 February 2014: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has released a report, titled 'World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2013,' which highlights major trends in humanitarian crises, discusses their underlying causes and drivers, and focuses on the actors that participate in crises prevention, response and recovery.

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Climate Service Adaptation Programme in Africa Launches in Tanzania and Malawi [viewed]

gfcsFebruary 2014: Tanzania and Malawi convened “kick-off” meetings to launch the Climate Services Adaptation Programme in Africa, which aims to increase resilience in disaster risk management (DRM), food security, nutrition and health, building on existing climate services in these areas at the national, local and regional levels.

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