Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

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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OCHA Meeting Agrees to Support Humanitarian Hub in Panama [viewed]

UNOCHA19 October 2013: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) convened a three-day meeting that concluded with agreement to support a Regional Logistics Centre for Humanitarian Assistance for the Americas in Panama, as well as a sub-regional hub in Jamaica, to facilitate effective delivery of assistance for disasters.

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ADB Study Estimates Cost of Climate Change in East Asia [viewed]

ADB17 October 2013: Protecting East Asia's most vulnerable sectors from climate change would cost US$36.6 billion annually, less than 0.3% of the region's GDP, according to the 'Economics of Climate Change in East Asia,' a report released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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UNFCCC Publishes Documents on LULUCF, Adaptation, Response Measures Ahead of Warsaw [viewed]

UNFCCC16 October 2013: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has released six documents for consideration by parties at the upcoming meeting of the UNFCCC's Subsidiary Bodies, to be held in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-16 November 2013.

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Adaptation Fund Releases Graphic Describing Its Activities [viewed]

Adaptation Fund18 October 2013: The Adaptation Fund has released an infographic describing the $190 million of allocated funds across projects in 28 countries. The graphic highlights the following climate impacts: hurricanes and cyclones; water supplies; flooding; coastal zones; agriculture and food security; and landslides.

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International Day for Disaster Reduction Underscores Vulnerability of the Disabled [viewed]

UNISDRS13 October 2013: The UN commemorated International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) on 13 October 2013, under the theme of 'Living with Disasters and Disability.' IDDR 2013 intended to raise awareness of the importance of including the needs of persons living with disabilities in the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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Event: International Conference on Climate Change, Water Resources and Disasters in Mountainous Regions: Building Resilience to Changing Climate [viewed]

This Conference will provide scientists, engineers, planners and development workers with a platform to present their research outcomes, observations, findings and innovative ideas. Conference themes include: climate variability and changes; water resources management; transboundary issues of water resources; cryospheric changes and its impacts on water resources; land degradation, hazards and disaster risk reduction (DRR); river basin modeling for impact assessment; watershed management and ecosystem services; renewable energy and food security; climate services for building resilience; and adaptation strategies for building a resilient society. The conference is jointly organized by the Society of Hydrologists and Meteorologists Nepal (SOHAM-Nepal), the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) of the Government of Nepal, and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme Nepal (IHP) National Committee.  

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ASEAN Summit Boosts Cooperation on Disaster Management, Haze Monitoring, Develops Post-2015 Vision [viewed]

Asean10 October 2013: The 23rd Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) issued a number of declarations agreeing to increase cooperation on disaster management and transboundary haze monitoring, as well as to further develop the ASEAN Community's Post-2015 Vision.

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Effective Risk Management Critical to Poverty Eradication: 2014 World Development Report [viewed]

World Bank6 October 2013: According to the World Bank Group's 2014 World Development Report (WDR), titled ‘Risk and Opportunity: Managing Risk for Development,' effective risk management is critical in the fight to end poverty because it can provide both resilience to withstand adverse events and the ability to take advantage of development opportunities.

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World Habitat Day Focuses on Urban Mobility, Resilient Cities [viewed]

UN-HABITAT7 October 2013: World Habitat Day 2013, celebrated under the theme 'urban mobility,' recognized the essential role of mobility and access to goods and services in the efficient functioning of expanding cities and towns.

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