Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Climate Change Should Be Top Foreign Policy Priority: G7-backed Report [viewed]

a_new_climate_for_peace25 June 2015: An independent report, titled ‘A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks,' commissioned by members of the Group of Seven (G7), has identified seven compound climate-fragility risks that pose serious threats to the stability of States and societies in the decades to come.

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Central America Makes Strides in Implementing Sendai Framework [viewed]

UNISDR20 June 2015: Central American countries are taking substantive steps to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, which was adopted in March 2015, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan. The Framework calls for a holistic approach to the threat of disasters and for incorporating integrated disaster risk management (DRM) into existing national development priorities and policies.

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WMO, Norwegian Refugee Council to Enhance African Countries' Climate Resilience [viewed]

wmo-nrc17 June 2015: A Norwegian NGO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are partnering to increase the capacity of governments in Africa to address climate change, extreme weather events and variable rainfall. Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by WMO and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), experts will work with the national institutions of vulnerable countries to develop climate information and products and operationalize the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).

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Bioversity and IDS Publish Toolkit to Measure Communities' Climate Change Vulnerability [viewed]

CCAFS19 June 2015: Bioversity International and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) have developed a toolkit to help researchers and extension agents undertake participatory vulnerability analyses in rural communities and assess their potential to adapt to climate change.

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Malawi, Partners Assess Flooding Loss and Damage, Recovery Costs [viewed]

gfdrr-eu-un18 June 2015: With technical support from the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the UN and the EU, the Government of Malawi carried out a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) in the aftermath of the 2015 floods in Malawi, launching the findings on 18 June 2015, in Malawi. The assessment aimed to quantify the loss and damage from the floods, and estimate recovery and reconstruction costs. The assessment shows total loss and damage of US$335 million, while total recovery and reconstruction costs are approximately US$494 million.

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ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment Highlights Financing Needs, Sendai Framework [viewed]

ecosoc-has19 June 2015: The 2015 Humanitarian Affairs Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted a resolution encouraging UN Member States to support climate change adaptation and strengthen early warning systems, welcoming the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 and the holding of the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2016. It also called for integrating work on development and humanitarian issues.

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UN, Insurance Industry Partner for Sustainable Development [viewed]

psi17 June 2015: A platform launched by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is allowing insurance companies to make voluntary contributions to sustainable development through risk management, insurance products, investment, partnerships and disclosure frameworks. Through the platform and other activities of UNEP FI's Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Initiative, insurers managing US$14 trillion and 20% of world premium volume are working with the UN toward a greener future.

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WMO Congress Agrees on Post-2015 Priorities, Appoints New Secretary-General [viewed]

WMO12 June 2015: The 17th session of the World Meteorological Congress agreed on priorities for 2016-2019, adopting a new strategic plan and related budget. The Congress also appointed a new Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud, who will remain ‘Secretary-General emeritus,' reiterated that high-impact weather and climate extremes are likely to occur with greater frequency and intensity due to climate change, noting that while a window of opportunity still exists “to act and prevent irreversible damage,” it is closing fast.

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High-Level Conference Reviews UN ‘Water for Life' Decade [viewed]

water_Tajikistan11 June 2015: The High Level International Conference on the Implementation of the International Decade for Action on ‘Water for Life' concluded with the adoption of a declaration encouraging action to promote the sustainable management of water resources, in particular in relation to adaptation to climate change.

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Ramsar COP 12 Adopts Declaration of Punta del Este, 16 Resolutions [viewed]

ramsar_cop129 June 2015: The 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12) agreed on four strategic priorities that link the wise use of wetlands to solving pressing issues, such as climate change and food and water security. Noting the loss of 64% of global wetlands since 1900, the final declaration calls for strengthening partnerships “beyond those responsible for the operation and maintenance of Ramsar Sites and important wetlands,” to enhance the Convention's implementation.

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