Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Event: Fourth Session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas [viewed]

The Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas is a multi-stakeholder forum that brings together key DRR stakeholders throughout the Americas. It is a participative space for knowledge sharing that promotes the planning, monitoring and collective decision making and strategy, as well as actions to implement the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), all with linkages to international and national climate change adaptation efforts. The Fourth Session is co-organized by the UNISDR Regional Office for the Americas (UNISDR - Americas) and Ecuador's Secretariat of Risk Management and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and participation planned by subregional DRR organizations. The Platform will feature a high level panel on mainstreaming DRR and climate change adaptation in public policies, as well as four thematic sessions on: risk reduction and special segments of society; DDR, climate change and the development agenda; governance and public policies on risk reduction; regional consultation surrounding the new framework for DDR post-2015 (HFA2).  

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LAC Legislators to Create Regional Unit for Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

parlatino30 January 2014: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has reported that the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino) has approved a 'protocol' committing legislators from its 23 member countries to create a Regional Unit for Disaster Risk Management and integrate common principles of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience building into national legislation.

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IGAD, UNOSAT Meeting Focuses on DRR Capacities in the Horn of Africa [viewed]

UNITAR IGAD23 January 2014: Representatives of member States of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), international organizations, UN agencies, the private sector, academia and the media convened in Nairobi, Kenya, for a meeting on ‘Strengthening technological capacities and information access for improving disaster risk reduction in the Horn of Africa.'

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Japan, World Bank Partner to Strengthen Disaster Resilience [viewed]

gfdrr-japan3 February 2014: Japan and the World Bank jointly launched a programme to help improve disaster risk management (DRM) in developing countries. Activities will: focus on strengthening resilience, including risk identification and reduction, preparedness, financial protection, and knowledge mobilization and exchange; and take advantage of Japan's expertise in mainstreaming DRM into development planning and investment programmes.

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UNISDR Releases Proposed Elements of Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR17 December 2013: The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) has published a document outlining ‘Proposed Elements for Consideration in the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction,' which draws from stakeholder consultations that have taken place since 2012.

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January 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-afdb-ebrd-gefJanuary 2014: During the month of January, the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and a number of regional development banks have approved funding for climate-related projects, or have forwarded climate project proposals for review. The projects address, inter alia: climate innovation in the Caribbean; climate-friendly agriculture; meteorological services; adaptation of small-scale agriculture; clean bus leasing; livelihood diversification; and renewable energy.

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UNCCD Publication Evaluates Desertification as a Cause of Global Conflict [viewed]

desertification-invisible-frontierJanuary 2014: 'Desertification: The Invisible Frontline,' which was published by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), emphasizes that, "As the climate changes, so is the face of the Earth, and with devastating effects on the lives of those who depend on the land."

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Pacific Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience Gets Underway [viewed]

CIF24 January 2014: The first meeting for the three-year multi-million dollar Pacific Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) brought together donors, partners and representatives of Pacific island countries to discuss planning and implementation as the project gets underway.

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APFM Highlights Publications on Flood Management, Forecasting and Mapping [viewed]

apfmJanuary 2014: The Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM), a partnership between the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO), has introduced three publications in the Integrated Flood Management (IFM) Tool Series in their January 2014 Newsletter. The publications address flood forecasting and early warning, transboundary flood management, and flood mapping.

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FAO Compiles Experiences on Adaptation in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sectors [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has assembled descriptions of 26 current or recent fisheries and aquaculture programmes that have addressed climate change adaptation in developing countries.

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