Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Event: International Symposium on Sustainable Cities: Empowering Local Governments through Capacity Building [viewed]

The UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) will host this international symposium to strengthen dissemination and sharing of good practices and lessons learned on fostering sustainable cities, in recognition of the role of cities in protecting the environment, improving disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience and reducing poverty. The symposium aims to identify strategies to strengthen local government institutional and technical capacity to address poverty reduction and slum upgrading, urban development, urban economic growth, urban transport and water and sanitation. The symposium also aims to identify areas for further capacity building and knowledge sharing and to identify innovative financing models to support urban infrastructure. The event will bring together representatives of governments, including and local government and planning officials, UN agencies, multilateral and regional development banks, the private sector and civil society in plenary sessions, working group sessions and panel discussions. The symposium is planned to overlap with the ‘Incheon Sister and Friendly Cities Conference,' which will be held in Incheon on 28 September 2013, and include mayors from cities around the world. The two events will have a joint closing session that will discuss advancing and implementing the sustainable urbanization agenda.  

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UN-HABITAT, IESCO to Cooperate on Youth Initiatives [viewed]

UN-HABITAT24 April 2013: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) signed an agreement of cooperation with the International Ecological Safety Collaborative Organization (IESCO) on the sidelines to the 24th Session of the UN-HABITAT Governing Council. The agreement will support urban youth initiatives, including climate change adaptation activities, youth empowerment and urban ecological safety programmes.

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WMO Confirms 2012 Among Top Ten Warmest Years [viewed]

WMO2 May 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its Statement on the Status of the Global Climate for 2012, which indicates that 2012 is among the ten previous years as one of the warmest on record. This is the ninth warmest year since records began in 1850 and the 27th consecutive year that global land and ocean temperatures were above the 1961–1990 average, with the years 2001–2012 all among the top 13 warmest years on record.

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Asia-Pacific Governments Adopt Agenda for Inclusive and Resilient Growth [viewed]

UNESCAP2 May 2013: 
The 69th Commission Session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) met under the theme, 'Building resilience to natural disasters and major economic crises,' and concluded with the adoption of 17 resolutions aiming to balance the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development for regional well-being.

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CIF Supports Meteorological Services to Increase Mozambique's Climate Resilience [viewed]

world-bank_cif25 April 2013: The World Bank, through the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), has approved a US$15 million grant to help Mozambique strengthen its hydrological and meteorological information services across national, provincial and local communities, with the aim of building a climate-resilient society.

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EIB Improves Water Security and Sanitation in Seychelles [viewed]

Eib 226 April 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and World Bank highlighted a case study on financing water and sanitation in Seychelles, funded through debt financing by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), as well as grants from the European Development Fund and the African Water Facility (AWF).

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Parliamentarian-CSO Forum Adopts Third Asia-Pacific Declaration on MDGs, Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

adppdApril 2013: The “Asia and the Pacific Parliamentarian and Civil Society Organization (CSO) Forum on Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Acceleration and the Post-2015 Development Agenda” resulted in a Bali Declaration on accelerating the MDGs and the post-2015 development agenda. It asserts that the post-2015 framework should be based on: human rights, democracy and good governance; equality and non-discrimination; sustainable development; and quality public service delivery.

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Guest Article #95: The New CILSS Climate Change and Sustainable Land Management Platform [viewed]

The Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (Comité permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel; CILSS in French) was created in 1973, after the devastating droughts that hit the region. CILSS currently has 13 member States: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Bissau Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

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IMF/World Bank 2013 Spring Meetings Focus on Extreme Poverty Eradication [viewed]

worldbank_imf20 April 2013: The 87th meeting of the Development Committee, which advises the Board of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), concluded with a call to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable manner, with special attention to climate change.

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UNDP Links Resource-based Conflicts in Asia-Pacific to Climate Change [viewed]

UNDPApril 2013: The Asia-Pacific Resource Centre (APRC) of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a research paper analyzing the links among security, natural resources and climate change, and recommending options to maintain peace and security in the region.

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