Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

WMO Confirms 2013 as Sixth Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

WMO24 March 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its annual climate statement, which confirms that 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest on record, continuing the long-term global warming trend, and highlights that 13 of the 14 warmest years on record have all occurred in the 21st century.

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SIDS PrepCom Releases Info Note, Sets Six Areas for Partnerships [viewed]

SIDS Conference logo21 March 2014: The information note for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) has been released, which provides information on: conference venue; programme; and participation and registration.

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UNEP Annual Report Highlights 2013 Achievements [viewed]

UNEPMarch 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published its annual report for 2013, which focuses on UNEP's achievements in key focus areas: climate change; disasters and conflicts; ecosystem management; environmental governance; harmful substances and hazardous waste; resource efficiency; and sustainable consumption and production (SCP).

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GWP Launches 2020 Strategy [viewed]

GWP Global logotype21 March 2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has launched its strategy for the period 2014-2019, which aims to achieve a ‘water secure world,' focusing on six thematic areas: climate resilience and water security; transboundary water security; food and water security; urbanization and water security; energy and water security; and ecosystems and water security.

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World Bank Highlights Water-Related Disasters in the MENA Region [viewed]

World Bank21 March 2014: The World Bank has released a report, titled ‘Natural Disasters in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): A Regional Overview,' which highlights disaster risk management (DRM) and the World Bank's response in the region. The report identifies urbanization and associated increased flood risk, water scarcity and impacts of climate change as the main challenges facing the region.

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IPU Adopts Resolution on Risk Resilient Development [viewed]

Ipu21 March 2014: The 130th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) concluded with the adoption of a resolution on risk resilient development, which: underscores that “reducing disaster risk and protecting people's lives are the legal responsibility of all public representatives;” and urges members to enhance their oversight role and “take immediate action to review existing legislation related to disaster risk reduction (DRR).”

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OECD Assesses Role of Water Governance in the Netherlands [viewed]

OECD17 March 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a report, titled ‘Water Governance in the Netherlands: Fit for the Future?' which highlights ways to make the Dutch system more sustainable in light of climate change.

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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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