Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

WHO Predicts Increased Global Health Impacts Due to El Niño [viewed]

WHO22 January 2016: Severe drought, flooding, heavy rains and temperature rises are all known El Niño effects that can lead to food insecurity and malnutrition, disease outbreaks, water shortages and disruption of health services, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report indicates that the current 2015-2016 El Niño is predicted to be the worst in recent years and comparable to the 1997-1998 El Niño, which had major health consequences. WHO warns that the health implications of the 2015-2016 El Niño are expected to be more intense in developing countries, which have less capacity to reduce such impacts.

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Event: UNDP 50th Anniversary Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

An event to mark the 50th anniversary of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) founding will bring together ministers from around the world and UN partners to discuss how to translate the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into concrete actions and results. The event will include plenary and thematic sessions on: eradicating poverty and leaving no one behind; protecting the planet and sustainable development; ending violence and building peace; and managing risk and building resilience to climate change. Participating ministers will share their vision for how UNDP can contribute to countries' efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event is expected to identify key roles for UNDP to assist countries in implementation and monitoring. UNDP will use the meeting recommendations to guide its future work.  

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WMO, NOAA: 2015 the Warmest on Record by the Widest Margin [viewed]

wmo-noaa25 January 2016: According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the global average temperature over land and ocean for 2015 was the highest since record keeping began. The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for December was the highest for any month recorded, and 2011-2015 was the warmest five-year period on record.

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France, Morocco Event Examines Mobilization from COP 21 to COP 22 [viewed]

france-moro_cop2119 January 2016: At an event hosted by the Permanent Missions of France and Morocco to the UN in Geneva, international organizations headquartered in the Swiss city heard about the outcomes of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC and ways the Paris Agreement will impact their activities. Titled 'From COP 21 to COP 22: International Geneva's Mobilization Continues,' the event also featured remarks from the incoming Moroccan Presidency on its approach to COP 22.

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UNSG: 2016 Must See National Traction on SDGs, “Put the Last First” [viewed]

ban_ki_moon14 January 2016: “We begin 2016 needing to get our priorities right,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in an informal briefing to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). He noted the heavy responsibility resting on “Year One” of the UN's new development agenda, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This is also the last year of Ban's tenure as Secretary-General.

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UN Secretary-General, Global Compact Call on Business to Advance Global Agreements [viewed]

Global Compact14 January 2016: The UN Global Compact (UNGC) Board underscored the role of the private sector and partnerships in advancing global challenges, particularly related to the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Members expressed broad recognition that partnerships are essential for leveraging resources and expertise, and reaching solutions faster and more effectively, according to the Compact's press release.

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Event: High-Level Ministerial Meeting on the Implementation Sendai Framework 2015-2030 (Americas) [viewed]

This meeting will discuss the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 and define regional priorities for its implementation in the Americas. Recommendations emanating from the meeting will provide the basis for further discussion and analysis with a broader range of stakeholders in the framework of the Regional Platform for DRR 2016. The meeting is being organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas (UNISDR AM).  

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Thailand Takes Over as G-77 Chair for 2016 [viewed]

G77logo12 January 2016: Thailand officially commenced its tenure as Chair of the Group of 77 (G-77), taking over from South Africa during a special ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York. Thailand announced the theme ‘From Vision to Action: Inclusive Partnership for Sustainable Development,' to be used as an underpinning principle during its chairmanship.

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Event: Disaster Risk Reduction, Response and Sustainable Reconstruction: Capacity Building for Equitable Planning and Development [viewed]

This conference will provide a forum for examining the efficacy of national strategies for capacity-building measures related to disaster risk reduction (DRR), with a focus on cross- and multi-disciplinary training efforts, education and professional development. While capacity building is critical to disaster preparedness, response and sustainable post-disaster reconstruction programmes, no agreed definition of the term currently exists. Thus, this conference will explore what the term “capacity building” means.  

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Event: Resilient Cities 2016: 7th Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation [viewed]

This Forum, which is expected to bring together together over 400 experts and practitioners, will focus on a range of issues related to urban resilience and climate change adaptation, including inclusive resilience strategies, financing the resilient city, measuring and monitoring progress, resilience and adaptation planning, governance and collaboration, resource management, and resilient infrastructure. Participants will be able to network, build new partnerships, and exchange ideas and best practices. Participants will include: elected officials, including mayors; academics, researchers and students; private sector and NGO representatives; urban and regional planners; water and sanitation specialists; civil engineers; financial institution representatives; disaster risk and emergency managers; and climate change and adaptation experts. The Forum, which is meeting for the seventh year, is organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and co-hosted with the City of Bonn, Germany. Resilient Cities focuses on solutions for local governments, including cities and small island states.  

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