Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Pacific Islands, Partners to Strengthen Weather and Climate Services [viewed]

wmo-sprep25 July 2015: The Third Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC-3), which met under the theme 'Sustainable Weather and Climate Services for a Resilient Pacific,' brought together over 100 Pacific Meteorological Directors, partners and stakeholders to discuss how to strengthen meteorology in the Pacific. The meeting, which convened from 20-23 July 2015, in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, preceded the first Pacific Ministers Meeting on Meteorology (PMMM) on 24 July.

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UNISDR Spearheads Training for Local Governments on Sendai Framework for DRR [viewed]

UNISDRS24 July 2015: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has begun training programmes for local governments, focusing on developing strategies based on action priorities outlined in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), agreed in March 2015, which emphasizes the role of local governments in achieving DRR and a reduction in the loss of lives, livelihoods and health over the next 15 years.

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Africa Kick Starts Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction Implementation [viewed]

unisdr_au23 July 2015: African Governments gathered in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from 20-23 July 2015, to launch a global drive to apply the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Representatives from 37 African Governments agreed to work together towards substantial reductions in disaster losses over the next 15 years, including reductions in mortality, the numbers of people affected and the economic damage caused by natural and human-induced hazards.

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Vatican, Mayors Highlight Links between Climate Change and Human Trafficking [viewed]

pontifica_academia21 July 2015: At a summit for mayors of 70 cities from around the world, Pope Francis spoke on climate change and its links to human trafficking, health problems and unemployment. During the event, titled 'Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of Cities,' the Pope and the mayors signed a declaration highlighting the "very vital role" of cities "in the face of the emergencies attributable to human-induced climate change, social exclusion, and extreme poverty."

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Eye on Earth Launches Data Innovation, Visualization, Blogging Competitions [viewed]

Eye on Earth16 July 2015: The organizers of the Eye on Earth Summit have announced three data innovation challenges for which the finalists will have the opportunity to present their ideas at the Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The three competitions launched are the Data Innovation Showcase, Data Visualization Challenge and Blogging Competition, all of which support the Summit in its focus on using data to secure a better future for the planet.

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Marshall Islands Submits INDC [viewed]

marshall-flag21 July 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that the Marshall Islands is the first small island developing State (SIDS) Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets out a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 32% below 2010 levels by 2025. The INDC also includes an indicative target of reducing emissions 45% below 2010 levels by 2030. The submission from the Marshall Islands brings the total number of Parties to submit an INDC to 48.

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Event: Third Meeting of the Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC-3) [viewed]

PMC-3 is convening under the theme, 'Sustainable Weather and Climate Services for a Resilient Pacific,' and will bring together PMC members, development partners, the Council of the Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP), collaborating organizations and institutions. PMC-3 will seek to: facilitate coordination and networking among all stakeholders; facilitate discussions on issues related to advancing meteorological and hydrological services in the Pacific; and provide an opportunity to share experiences/initiatives and review progress of the Pacific Island Meteorological Strategy (PIMS) 2012-2021. Expected outcomes include strengthened integration and coordination with development partners, and guidance on further implementation of the PIMS 2012-2021 and other relevant meteorological programmes and strategies. PMC-3, which the Government of Tonga is hosting, will be held back-to-back with the first Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology (PMMM), which will bring together Cabinet Ministers responsible for meteorology and senior officials in the Pacific Islands and Territories to discuss, promote and explore avenues for resources for weather and climate services in order to contribute more effectively to the sustainable development needs of the Pacific Island Countries. Both meetings are the result of partnerships between the Government of Tonga, the Government of Finland through its partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) under the Finnish-Pacific (FINPAC) Project, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  

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Event: Africa's Global Drive to Apply the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

Africa's launch of a global drive to apply the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year international roadmap that seeks to make the world safer from natural and man-made hazards, will bring together representatives from over 40 governments, Africa's Regional Economic Communities, the African Union, the UN and other international organizations. The goal of the meeting is to align Africa's existing programmes with the Sendai Framework, making it the first intergovernmental meeting to put the Framework into action since its adoption in March 2015 at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.  

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Programme to Build DRR in Sub-Saharan Africa Announced at Margins of FfD3 [viewed]

UNISDR14 July 2015: An €80-million funding package has been unveiled to support disaster risk management across Sub-Saharan Africa. The five-year ‘Building Disaster Resilience to Natural Hazards in Sub-Saharan African Regions, Countries and Communities' programme was announced on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The European Union is helping to fund the programme, while the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is one of the partners that will help to implement it.

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UNESCO, USP Partner on Loss and Damage from Climate Change in the Pacific [viewed]

unesco_usp30 June 2015: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of the South Pacific (USP) signed a new partnership agreement to implement the Malaysia Funds-in-Trust project on loss and damage from climate change and climate extremes in Samoa, Fiji, Solomon Islands, the Cook Islands and Timor-Leste, among others.

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