Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UNCCD Executive Secretary Briefs UN Security Council [viewed]

UNCCD logo​26 May 2016: While not offering a silver bullet, a land-based approach involving increased investment in land rehabilitation for frontline villages and communities would be “cheaper and more effective than investing in walls, wars and relief,” stressed UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Monique Barbut at a UN Security Council briefing in New York, US on 26 May 2016. The briefing aimed to enhance understanding of the security implications of climate change in the Sahel and was addressed by representatives of more than 15 countries, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.

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May 2016 Climate Finance Update: Calls for Adaptation Funding, Attention to Climate Risk [viewed]

may2016_climate_finance31 May 2016: A number of international meetings that convened in May 2016 included a focus on climate finance. Carbon pricing continued to receive attention, alongside climate change planning and financing in Africa. Calls were also made to pay increased attention to the growing 'adaptation finance gap,' and climate and disaster risks, including in investments. A number of resilience projects received funding, and development banks and climate funds organized readiness workshops.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Bonn Talks Focus on Adaptation Planning, Reporting, Implementation, Support [viewed]

who_wmo_ecosoc_fao31 May 2016: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and accompanying targets, has made it clear that climate change and sustainable development are inextricably linked. May 2016 news relating to adaptation and loss and damage brought out some of those interlinkages with particular prominence. Not only do events, publications and initiatives reported here contribute to the implementation of SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) generally, they also help implement a range of other SDGs and related targets.

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Climate Change Threatens World Heritage Sites, Says UN Report [viewed]

uneso_unep_ucs26 May 2016: According to a report published by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Union of Concerned Scientists, climate change threatens World Heritage sites. The report, titled 'World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate,' provides an overview of the increasing vulnerability of World Heritage sites to climate impacts and the consequences for global tourism, examines the relationship between World Heritage and tourism, and how climate change is likely to exacerbate problems caused by unplanned tourism development, and explains the positive role that tourism can play in securing the future of World Heritage sites.

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UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board Discusses Final Recommendations on Climate Change, Indigenous and Local Knowledge, Food Security [viewed]

United Nations25 May 2016: The fifth meeting of the UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) met to finalize the Board's recommendations to the UN Secretary-General on climate change and climate-induced risk, indigenous and local knowledge and science, science and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, food security and health, and future scientific advice to the UN Secretary-General and the UN system. The Board is working to finalize policy briefs on each of these issues, which are expected to contain recommendations to support the timely implementation of the 2030 Agenda and focus on modalities for engaging science.

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World Humanitarian Summit Launches Commitments to Take Action [viewed]

whs24 May 2016: During the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), approximatively 1,500 commitments were made, including on education, the inclusion of persons with disabilities, global preparedness, preventing conflicts, delivering crisis responses and building resilience. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who initiated the Summit, said he will report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on the Summit's achievements in September 2016, and will propose ways to take the commitments forward. He announced that an annual update will review progress in implementing the Summit's commitments.

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“No Scientific Voice Left Behind,” Concludes UNEA Science-Policy Forum [viewed]

UNEA-220 May 2016: The inaugural Science-Policy Forum held prior to the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) discussed how to bring together diverse scientific and policy communities and citizens' voices to ensure that emerging environmental issues are highlighted and effectively addressed in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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UNEP Identifies Emerging Environmental Issues in 'Frontiers' Report [viewed]

UNEP Frontiers 2016 Report20 May 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) identifies six "emerging issues of environmental concern" in its 2016 Frontiers Report, released to coincide with the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2). For each issue, the report provides examples of ways to address it, including through innovating and rethinking policy interventions, devising new solutions and adapting existing practices. UNEA-2 is convening in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May 2016.

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UNEP Releases GEO-6 Regional Assessments [viewed]

GEO619 May 2016: A series of regional reports on the state of the planet's health deliver the message that environmental deterioration is occurring much faster than previously thought and action is needed now to reverse the worst trends. The ‘Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessments,' published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is a compilation of six reports examining environmental issues affecting the world's six regions: the Pan-European region, North America, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and Africa.

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World Cities Report Highlights Impacts of Planning [viewed]

UN-HABITAT18 May 2016: Two-thirds of the global population is expected to live in cities by 2030 and produce as much as 80% of global GDP, according to a UN-Habitat report released ahead of the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). The ‘World Cities Report 2016, Urbanization and Development: Emerging Futures' finds that while cities have become platforms for production and innovation, and lifted millions out of poverty through better jobs and improved quality of life, urbanization has also led to overcrowding, increased inequalities, and environmental and health challenges.

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