Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN Secretary-General Calls for Action on Poverty, Climate Change [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw17 January 2014: During an informal meeting of the Plenary of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined UN challenges for 2014, noting that the post-2015 development agenda “must fully reflect the importance of institutions, governance and the rule of law as essential ingredients for success.” 

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Ministerial Summit Renews GEO's Mandate [viewed]

geox17 January 2014: The Group on Earth Observations' (GEO) Tenth Plenary Session (GEO-X) and Geneva Ministerial Summit renewed GEO's mandate and launched the process for the development of a second 10-Year Implementation Plan for the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to cover 2015-2025.

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EC Study Outlines Pathway to Standardizing Disaster Loss Databases [viewed]

European Union16 January 2014: The European Commission (EC) released a report, titled 'Recording Disaster Losses: Recommendations for a European Approach,' which outlines a pathway for a standardized European approach to record and manage disaster loss.

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Event: GEO-XI [viewed]

The eleventh plenary session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XI) will, among other things, review the draft of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Implementation Plan for 2015-2025 that will guide GEO work for ten years.  

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Mountain Partnership Calls for Including Mountains in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

Mountain Partnership10 January 2014: Representatives from Argentina, Italy, Kyrgyzstan and Peru called for including mountains in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during an event on the margins of the seventh session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs. Also at the event, which took place on 8 January 2014, in New York, US, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat introduced two policy briefs highlighting sustainable mountain development as a priority. 

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CARICOM Chair Vows to Make Climate Change Adaptation a Priority Focus [viewed]

CARICOM9 September 2014: The new Chairman of the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) pledged to use his six-month term to address the effects of climate change on CARICOM member countries.

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People's Voices Brief Released for OWG 7 [viewed]

UNDG3 January 2014: The UN Development Group (UNDG) has issued a 'People's Voices Issue Brief' conveying views on topics for the seventh session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including consumption and production patterns, urbanization, climate change, and disaster risk reduction.

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UN Secretary-General Appoints DRR and Water Special Envoy [viewed]

United Nations19 December 2013: Han Seung-soo, Republic of Korea, has been appointed to the position of UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Water, with the aim to engage private sector and civil society support for water-related DRR work being undertaken by the UN.

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Last Update of 2013 [viewed]

IISD Happy Holidays CardWe at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We will resume publication on our knowledgebases on 6 January 2014. Thank you for your support during 2013.

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Stakeholders Provide Input on SDGs Online [viewed]

UndsdDecember 2013: The UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) has posted stakeholder input on the issues for discussion at the upcoming meetings of the UN General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Major Groups and other stakeholders were invited to share information through the online Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, including regarding the civil society steering committees and panelists for each topic.

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