Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN Secretary-General's Report Reviews Support for SIDS' Sustainable Development [viewed]

United Nations31 July 2013: The UN Secretary-General has issued a report on UN and national efforts to implement sustainable development in small island developing States (SIDS). The report concludes that, while SIDS have had an uneven path towards implementation of sustainable development, some activities have been successful.

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SGP Sri Lanka Shares Best Practices in Community Based Adaptation [viewed]

GEF SGPAugust 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) Sri Lanka organized a Symposium on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change, which brought together over 150 stakeholders from across the country to discuss the challenges and possible solutions to climate change adaptation.

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Event: Seventh Meeting of the Open Working Group on SDGs (OWG 7) [viewed]

The seventh session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place from 6-10 January 2014, in New York, US. OWG 7 is expected to discuss: Sustainable cities and human settlements, sustainable transport (2 days); Sustainable consumption and production (including chemicals and waste) (1.5 days); and Climate change and disaster risk reduction (1.5 days).  

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Pacific Adaptation Climate Change Project Focuses on Replication and Up-Scaling [viewed]

PACC_Project28 August 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) convened the annual review meeting of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project, which provided participants the opportunity to showcase country activities as the project moves into its fourth year, focusing on replication and scaling-up of activities.

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Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum Highlights Geospatial Technology for DRR [viewed]

ICPAC23 August 2013: The 35th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 35), ‘Building Resilience to Climate-Related Risks' highlighted the role of climate outlook forums in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and preparedness, and underscored the importance of early warning systems in promoting regional development and security. The Forum also illustrated the increasing use of geospatial technology in DRR.

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UNSG Reports on UN's 2013 Work, Highlights Future Challenges [viewed]

United Nations3 September 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released his annual report on the work of the United Nations. It highlights new global realities to which the UN must adapt, such as environmental degradation, increasing inequality within and among States, growing interconnectedness and rising unemployment. The report describes the UN's efforts to address these challenges through, inter alia, facilitating consultations on the post-2015 development agenda, addressing climate change, promoting human rights, tackling democratic transitions and maintaining peace and security.

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UNU-EHS Report Analyzes Climate-Water-Security Nexus [viewed]

UNU-EHS2 September 2013: The UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) released a report, titled ‘Climate Change, Water Conflicts and Human Security: Regional Assessment and Policy Guidelines for the Mediterranean, Middle East and Sahel,' which examines whether climate change undermines human security by intensifying water hazards, such as droughts, floods and water scarcity. The report also assesses vulnerability in relation to climate change-related hazards.

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West African Students Complete UNU-EHS Training in DRR [viewed]

UNU26 August 2013: Ten students from the West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) project participated in a training on emergency preparedness and humanitarian coordination procedures, organized by the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). The training focused on the role of geo-information in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and management.

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First Africa Food Security and Adaptation Conference Focuses on Ecosystem-based Approaches [viewed]

FAO UNEP21 August 2013: The First Africa Food Security and Adaptation Conference: Harnessing Ecosystem-based Approaches for Food Security and Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa was convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), other UN agencies, governments and other stakeholders. The Conference explored ecosystem-based approaches to enhance food security, ecosystem productivity and climate change adaptation in Africa.

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High-Level Conference Highlights Water Cooperation for Sustainable Development [viewed]

hicwc21 August 2013: The High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation (HLICWC) took place from 20-21 August 2013, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in support of the objectives of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution on 'Implementation of the International Year of Water Cooperation, 2013,' (A/67/204) and to promote increased water cooperation by stakeholders at all levels.

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