Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

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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Event: Workshop on the Development of Climate Information Systems for Heat Health Early Warning: Assessing Knowledge, Needs and the Path Forward [viewed]

The Joint Office for Science Support (JOSS) of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) will hold a Workshop on the Development of Climate Information Systems for Heat Health Early Warning: Assessing Knowledge, Needs and the Path Forward. The three-day workshop is organized into several panel and discussion sessions, and will address, among other topics: current weather and climate forecasts and projection capacity for heat events; public health decisions across time scales; state of knowledge of heat exposure parameters and health outcomes across time scales; informing the development of a National Integrated Heat Health Early Warning; stakeholder engagement and communication; and strategic planning for integrated information systems. The workshop is supported by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).  

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June 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

june2015-climatefinance11 July 2015: During the month of June, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the World Agroforestry Centre, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership reported on climate finance projects and other related news. ADB, AfDB, GCF, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched publications.

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GSDR 2015: Improved Science Needed for Sustainable Development Decision-Making [viewed]

global-sustainable-development1 July 2015: The 2015 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) underscores the importance of science in guiding policy decisions for sustainable development. The report, called for by the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), provides a survey of scientific findings on oceans and livelihoods, sustainable consumption and production (SCP), disaster risk reduction (DRR), industrialization and the use of big data in Africa, among other issues.

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China Submits INDC [viewed]

Flag of China30 June 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that the Government of China has submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC). According to its INDC, China intends to peak carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by around 2030 and lower CO2 emissions per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) by 60-65% from 2005 levels by 2030. China is the 43rd Party to the UNFCCC to formally submit its INDC.

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East African Parliamentarians Join Forces to Reduce Disaster Risk [viewed]

unisdr-wb-uganda26 June 2015: Parliamentarians from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda have joined in an effort to reduce the impacts caused by natural threats, epidemics and manmade hazards, by setting up a mechanism that aims to boost governance to reduce disaster risk and reinforce the capacity of populations to build sustainable livelihoods. The East African Disaster Risk Reduction Parliamentarian Platform was established during a June 2015 meeting, organized by the Government of Uganda with support from the World Bank and in collaboration with the Uganda Parliamentarian Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

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Event: World Symposium on Climate Change Adaption [viewed]

With a focus on "innovative approaches to implement climate change adaptation," the World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation (WSCCA-2015) will aim to: provide researchers, civil society and firms from around the world an opportunity to present their work on adaptation; foster the exchange of information, good practice, ideas, experiences and successes acquired in executing adaptation projects; discuss methodological approaches derived from case studies and projects; and provide an opportunity for participants to explore possibilities for cooperation. It will also document and disseminate the existing body of knowledge and experiences on climate change through a book titled 'Innovative Approaches to Implement Climate Change Adaptation' and through a special issue of 'International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management'. Among the event's organizers are the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), the UN University (UNU) Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Environment Agency (EEA).  

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UN-HABITAT Report Explores Climate Change, Urbanization in SIDS [viewed]

urbanization_climate_sidsMay 2015: A small island developing States (SIDS) urban agenda must reflect the cultural, economic and geographic characteristics of SIDS, in order to address sustainable urbanization in SIDS, according to a publication by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). The report provides an overview of current trends in climate change and urbanization, describes the impact of climate change on cities in SIDS, and explores the role of urban planning and design as a tool for addressing the challenges and opportunities of climate change in relation to human settlements in SIDS.

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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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