Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

World Bank Launches Disaster and Climate Data Guide [viewed]

gfdrr19 March 2014: The World Bank has launched the Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI) Field Guide, which sets basic standards for open source creation and communication of disaster and climate change information. The Guide was developed by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR).

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ECLAC, CCRIF Meeting Evaluates Disaster, Loss and Damage Assessments [viewed]

eclac-ccrif7 March 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) hosted a meeting of Caribbean Government agencies, emergency management professionals, and civil society representatives to discuss assessments of disasters occurring in the region from 2006-2013.

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European Commission Launches 'Mayors Adapt' [viewed]

mayorsadapt19 March 2014: The European Commission has announced a new initiative, 'Mayors Adapt,' aimed at building European cities' resilience to climate change. Local authorities joining the initiative will create adaptation plans in support of the EU Adaptation Strategy and review their progress every two years.

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Guest Article #104: RIMES' Commitment to Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

Regional and global assessments of climate change have revealed a trend of higher frequency of extreme climate and weather events. Since 2000, about 2.7 billion people in Asia and East Africa alone have been exposed to climatological and hydro-meteorological hazards (EMDAT).

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FAO Database Documents Global Land Cover [viewed]

FAOMarch 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a database to monitor land cover change and water resources to support early warning systems.

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Adaptation Fund Finances Adaptation and Resilience Project in Myanmar [viewed]

Adaptation Fund10 March 2014: The Adaptation Fund has financed a four-year project that will support climate change adaptation and resilience for farmers and livestock producers in Myanmar's dry zone.

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LMDCs, China and Norway Release ADP Submissions [viewed]

UNFCCC8 March 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions of China, Norway, and a joint submission by Ecuador, El Salvador, Saudi Arabia and Mali, on behalf of the Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDCs), to the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). The submissions will inform the fourth part of ADP's second session, which is taking place from 10-14 March 2014, in Bonn, Germany.

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Event: World Environment Day 2014 [viewed]

The UN General Assembly declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). World Environment Day (WED) 2014 will be celebrated under the theme of SIDS, with the goal of raising awareness of their unique development challenges and successes regarding a range of environmental problems, including climate change, waste management, unsustainable consumption, degradation of natural resources, and extreme natural disasters. UNEP is also soliciting votes for the 2014 WED slogan through 5 March 2014. The winning slogan will be used to call on the global WED community to take action for islands.  

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Event: Initial Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage [viewed]

The first meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw international mechanism for loss and damage associated with climate change impacts is expected to develop its initial two-year workplan for implementing the mechanism, including the scheduling of meetings. The meeting will be open to observers. The Warsaw international mechanism aims to: enhance knowledge and understanding of comprehensive risk management approaches to address loss and damage, including slow onset impacts; strengthen dialogue, coordination, coherence and synergies among relevant stakeholders; and enhance action and support, including finance, technology and capacity building. It is further expected to: support actions to address loss and damage; improve work coordination under the UNFCCC's existing bodies; convene meetings; develop, compile, analyze and review information; provide technical guidance and support; and make suggestions on enhancing engagement, actions and coherence under and outside the Convention. The Executive Committee will include balanced representation between developed and developing countries, including two representatives from each of the following Convention bodies: the Adaptation Committee, the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Expert Group, the Standing Committee on Finance, the Technology Executive Committee and the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention.  

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Partnership for Action on a Green Economy Holds Inaugural Meeting [viewed]

page-greeneconomy5 March 2014: The inaugural meeting of the UN-led Partnership for Action on a Green Economy (PAGE) explored national pathways and policies for the green economy, and provide guidance to governments on achieving a green economy transition. Over 30 ministers and high-level officials from more than two dozen countries met with UN officials, international experts, representatives from the business community and civil society.

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