Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Warsaw Conference Adopts Decisions on ADP, REDD+, and Loss and Damage [viewed]

warsaw-closing-plenary23 November 2013: Negotiations during the Warsaw Climate Change Conference focused on the implementation of agreements reached at previous meetings, including pursuing the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action.

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UNESCO Panel Recognizes Critical Role of Mountain Regions in Water Security [viewed]

Unesco14 November 2013: Water resources in mountainous areas play a critical role in agriculture, biodiversity, hydroelectricity and water supply, according to a High Level Panel Session organized during the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) 37th General Conference. The panel, titled ‘Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Adaptation Policies in Mountainous Regions,' recognized the high sensitivity of mountains to climate change and discussed strategies for coping with climate change impacts on water resources in mountainous areas.

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Climate Services Adaptation Programme Aims to Increase Resilience in Africa [viewed]

WMO21 November 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) partnered with research groups, UN agencies and humanitarian organizations to launch the Climate Services Adaptation Programme in Africa in an effort to increase the resilience of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of weather and climate-related events.

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GEF Organizes Discussion on NAPs, Climate-Resilient Development [viewed]

Discussion-on-NAPs- Climate-Resilient Development20 November 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) organized a side event during the Warsaw Climate Change Conference on National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), challenges and opportunities for climate-resilient development.

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Environmental Stressors Expected to Worsen as Climate Changes and Urban Population Grows [viewed]

WMO19 November 2013: A technical conference on the theme 'Responding to the Environmental Stressors of the 21st Century' focused on challenges posed by rising greenhouse gases, extreme weather events, pressures on the water cycle, pollution and an increasing urban-based global population.

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World Bank Report Discusses Building Climate Resilience [viewed]

World BankNovember 2013: Building climate resilience is critical to eliminate extreme poverty and achieve shared prosperity by 2030, according to a World Bank report titled ‘Building Resilience: Integrating Climate and Disaster Risk into Development.' The report presents the World Bank's experience in climate and disaster resilient development, including case studies on mainstreaming, risk identification, risk reduction, preparedness, financial and social protection, resilient reconstruction and costs, and aims to contribute to discussions on loss and damage.

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Africa Day Focuses on Agriculture and Climate Change [viewed]

africa-days-event19 November 2013: Africa Day, a full-day event held on the margins of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, brought together African leaders, scientists and other stakeholders to discuss climate change and agricultural development on the continent. Presented by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Union Commission (AUC), and the African Development Bank (AfDB), the event aimed to reach African development partners as well as negotiators from other regions.

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UNEP's 'Africa Adaptation Gap' Report Estimates Costs in Face of 'Emissions Gap' [viewed]

UNEP19 November 2013: A report released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reviews the financial and environmental costs that Africa will face if governments fail to close the ‘emissions gap' needed to keep warming below 2°C. The report, titled 'Africa's Adaptation Gap: Technical Report,' confirms the assessment of the World Bank's November 2012 report,  titled 'Turn Down the Heat,' that there is a 40 per cent chance global temperature will increase by 3.5-4°C if mitigation efforts are not stepped up.

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Climate Change and Mountains Highlighted at Landscapes Forum [viewed]

Mountain Partnership16 November 2013: During the Global Landscapes Forum, which convened from 16-17 November 2013, on the sidelines of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, participants in a 'Building Climate Change Resilience in Mountains' group discussed the specific challenges climate change poses to mountain communities.

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UN Leaders Discuss UN Role in Catalyzing Climate Action [viewed]

un-leaders-discuss-un-role19 November 2013: The UN organized a discussion on the 'UN System as a Catalyst for Climate Action: Promoting Sustainable Low-Carbon Development' as a side-event during the Warsaw Climate Change Conference.

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