Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Climate Change Issues Highlighted at UN Sustainable Development Summit [viewed]

United Nations28 September 2015: The UN Sustainable Development Summit, which met from 25-27 September 2015, in New York, US, adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. The event brought together 136 Heads of State and Government, ministers, business leaders, and members of civil society, with many leaders highlighting the importance of reaching a strong, global climate agreement at the upcoming 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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UNISDR Initiative to Increase Private Sector Engagement in DRR [viewed]

UNISDRS27 September 2015: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and its private sector partners have called on businesses to join an initiative that aims to increase resilience to both natural and manmade hazards. While the initiative, titled 'ARISE: the Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies,' will formally be launched at its first annual meeting in London, UK, in November 2015, its interim board met in New York, US, on the sidelines of the UN Sustainable Development Summit.

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GEF Event Examines SDGs and Planetary Boundaries [viewed]

post2015_iisdrs_sideevents27 September 2015: Protecting the Earth's shared natural resources in the context of population's accelerated growth was the focus of a high-level event organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on the margins of the UN Sustainable Development Summit.

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Mongolia, Albania, Madagascar, Indonesia, Eritrea Submit INDCs [viewed]

mongolia_albania_madagascar_indonesia_eritrea24 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Mongolia, Albania, Madagascar, Indonesia and Eritrea have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties to have done so to 73.

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WMO Reports on 2015 Arctic Sea Ice Extent, Global Mean Temperatures [viewed]

WMO22 September 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported on the issuance by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) of a preliminary announcement stating that Arctic sea ice reached its minimum extent for 2015 on 11 September at 4.41 million square kilometers (1.70 million square miles), the fourth lowest minimum since satellite records began at the end of the 1970s. According to WMO, this reinforces a long-term downward trend in Arctic ice extent, while in the Antarctic, sea ice extent is average, in contrast with recent years when Antarctic winter extents reached record high levels.

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EEA Assesses Role of Green Infrastructure in Mitigating Natural Hazards [viewed]

EEA21 September 2015: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report highlighting the potential of green infrastructure in mitigating the impacts of weather- and climate change-related natural hazards. The report, titled 'Exploring Nature-Based Solutions: The Role of Green Infrastructure in Mitigating the Impacts of Weather- and Climate Change-Related Natural Hazards,' notes the definition of “green infrastructure” as “a strategically planned network of high-quality green spaces.”

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Event: First Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism [viewed]

This first meeting of the Executive Committee of the UNFCCC Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage Associated with Climate Change Impacts is expected to discuss: vision and expectations of the Committee; rules of procedure of the Committee; two-year workplace of the Committee and the delivery of activities; arrangements for the operationalization of the Mechanism; and the annual report of the Executive Committee. The Loss and Damage Mechanism was established at the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) in Warsaw, Poland, in 2013.  

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SDGs Present Opportunity for Sustainable Urbanization: UNDP Director [viewed]

UNDP21 September 2015: Urbanization presents an opportunity to formulate a "global socio-economic development path that is equitable, inclusive, risk-informed and just,” writes Magdy Martínez-Solimán, Director, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UN Development Programme (UNDP). In a post on the UNDP blog, Martínez-Solimán welcomes Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 on urban resilience and outlines key components of sustainable urban development.

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Brazilian Insurers Discuss Impact on Sustainable Development [viewed]

unep_fi_brazil14 September 2015: Leaders and officials from the Brazilian insurance industry, including insurers, reinsurers and the Brazilian Superintendence of Private Insurance, met to discuss how Brazil can harness the full potential of its insurance market for sustainable development. The 'Insurance 2030 Brazil Roundtable' addressed how key stakeholders can develop pathways for action, scale and impact through 2030.

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Eye on Earth Receives 120 SDG Project Submissions [viewed]

eye_on_earth16 September 2015: The Eye on Earth partnership has received 120 project proposals ahead of its Abu Dhabi summit, taking place from 6-8 October 2015. The partnership highlighted that all of the projects seek to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including action on sustainable cities, climate change, land degradation and oceans.

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