Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Horn of Africa Countries Address Drought Threat and Disaster Resilience [viewed]

IGAD31 March 2014: The Second IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) was facilitated by the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an organization comprised of six East African countries in the Horn of Africa.

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WWRP Launches Tool on Regional Ensemble Forecasts of High-Impact Weather [viewed]

wwrp28 March 2014: The World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has launched 'TIGGE-LAM,' a new tool that aims to improve regional ensemble forecasts of high-impact weather, thereby strengthening early warning and disaster prevention.

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Regional Climate Centre for Caribbean Launched [viewed]

WMOusaid27 March 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), with funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a Regional Climate Centre (RCC) for the Caribbean aimed at helping the Eastern Caribbean improve its ability to understand and predict current and future climate-related issues and build capacity for adaptation.

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UN Secretary-General Visits Greenland, Underscores Climate Impacts [viewed]

United Nations26 March 2014: On a visit to Uummannaq, Greenland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon observed firsthand the consequences of climate change. Accompanied by Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark and Premier Aleqa Hammond of Greenland, Ban expressed his alarm at how quickly the ice sheets covering Greenland have been melting.

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FOREST EUROPE Reports on Forest and Water Meeting [viewed]

iufro-forest-fao-icraf26 March 2014: FOREST EUROPE has reported on the outcomes of the workshop ‘Forests and Water: From Research to Application,' which discussed the relationship between water and forests, and the future of international agreements on these issues.

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North-East Asia Experts Discuss Disaster Loss [viewed]

UNISDR UNESCAP26 March 2014: Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) authorities, gathering at the Expert Meeting on Disaster Loss and DRR Technology Sharing for North-East Asia, highlighted disaster management advances in the region under the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) and underscored their resolve for further improvement.

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WMO Confirms 2013 as Sixth Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

WMO24 March 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its annual climate statement, which confirms that 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest on record, continuing the long-term global warming trend, and highlights that 13 of the 14 warmest years on record have all occurred in the 21st century.

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SIDS PrepCom Releases Info Note, Sets Six Areas for Partnerships [viewed]

SIDS Conference logo21 March 2014: The information note for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) has been released, which provides information on: conference venue; programme; and participation and registration.

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UNEP Annual Report Highlights 2013 Achievements [viewed]

UNEPMarch 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published its annual report for 2013, which focuses on UNEP's achievements in key focus areas: climate change; disasters and conflicts; ecosystem management; environmental governance; harmful substances and hazardous waste; resource efficiency; and sustainable consumption and production (SCP).

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GWP Launches 2020 Strategy [viewed]

GWP Global logotype21 March 2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has launched its strategy for the period 2014-2019, which aims to achieve a ‘water secure world,' focusing on six thematic areas: climate resilience and water security; transboundary water security; food and water security; urbanization and water security; energy and water security; and ecosystems and water security.

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