Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Stockholm World Water Week Highlights Water as Enabler of Sustainable Development [viewed]

SIWI2 September 2016: World Water Week took place in Stockholm, Sweden on the theme of 'Water for Sustainable Growth.' It focused especially on local and city-level implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) on Clean Water and Sanitation.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: COP 22 Preparations Pick Up Speed; Regions Enhance DRM Cooperation [viewed]

unisdrs_unfccc_pifs1 September 2016: With the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC to be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 7-18 November 2016, less than three months away, preparations are underway. The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a number of meeting documents, and Parties have been submitting their views on a range of issues, including the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. The outcomes of several upcoming September meetings will also feed into the Marrakesh Climate Change Conference.

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Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change Panel Kicks-off Climate Journey at WCC [viewed]

word_conservation_congress2 September 2016: The Climate Change Journey, a series of more than 100 sessions, workshops and side events to take place during the 2016 International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC), was kicked-off with a high-level panel on nature-based solutions on climate change.

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CSOs Reflect on Education-Related SDGs, National Development Strategies, Resilience [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)31 August 2016: Civil society organizations (CSOs) and other non-government actors have highlighted the contributions of libraries to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), shared lessons on how political context can shape the achievement of education-related SDGs, reflected on a national sustainable development strategy in Egypt, and released a resilience framework.

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UNU Warns Inadequate Infrastructure Increases Disaster Risk [viewed]

UNU25 August 2016: Inadequate infrastructure and weak logistic chains increase the risk that an extreme natural event, such as an earthquake or flood, will become a disaster, according to the 'WorldRiskReport 2016.' The report, published by the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft – Gemeinsam für Menschen in Not e.V., analyzes the role of infrastructure and logistics in determining a country's disaster risk.

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August 2016 Climate Finance Update: Readiness, Simplified Access to Finance in the Spotlight; Caribbean Disaster Resilience and Relief Gets Support [viewed]

august_climte_update30 August 2016: During the month of August, the focus of multilateral climate financing activities turned to the South, with a number of high-level meetings and technical workshops focusing on access, readiness and the special circumstances of vulnerable developing countries. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) signed its first disbursement agreement and the Adaptation Fund reported a record level of requested support.

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Event: The Hugo Conference: Environment, Migration, Politics [viewed]

The Hugo Conference will focus on the interactions between environmental changes and migration, and is funded through the Horizon 2020 programme for Research and Innovation of the European Union (EU). The conference, organized by the University of Liège, is named after the late Graeme Hugo (1946-2015), a pioneering scholar of the linkages between environmental changes and migration. The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners from social sciences and environmental sciences, and promote their scholarly interaction. Topics to be addressed include: the social dimensions of vulnerability; immobility and trapped populations; land issues; borders and security; disasters and evacuations; environmental and climate data for the study of migration; climate science, models and tipping points; and legal and policy perspectives. Keynote speakers include: Eric Lambin of Stanford University, recipient of the Volvo Prize in 2014; Barbara Harrell-Bond of Oxford University; and Bill McKibben of 350.org. The event will also mark the launch of two research initiatives: the creation of The Hugo Observatory at the University of Liège, Belgium, a research structure dedicated specifically to the study of environmental changes and migration; and establishment of an international scholarly association for the study of environmental migration. The last day for registration is 21 October 2016.  

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: Technology Action Plan Guidance Enhances Paris Agreement Implementation [viewed]

capacity_building_technology21 August 2016: In Paris, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC requested the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to initiate the elaboration of the technology framework established under the Paris Agreement, which, among other things, should facilitate the undertaking and updating of technology needs assessments (TNAs), as well as the enhanced implementation of their results. An enhanced guidance issued by the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) for preparing a technology action plan (TAP) supports the new technology framework as well as Parties' long-term vision on technology development and transfer reflected in the Paris Agreement.

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World Bank Approves Environmental and Social Framework Inclusive of Ten Safeguards [viewed]

world_bank_new4 August 2016: An Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) meant to expand the protection of people and the environment in World Bank-financed projects has been approved by the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors, following almost four years of review.

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Inaugural African Drought Conference Issues Windhoek Declaration, Adopts Strategic Framework [viewed]

unccd_namibia_au19 August 2016: The High-Level Meeting of the inaugural African Drought Conference, comprising African member States and Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), adopted an overarching Strategic Framework to enhance resilience to the impact of drought events in Africa, issued the 'The Windhoek Declaration,' and underscored the importance of drought resilience in achieving Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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