Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UNGA General Debate 2014 Addresses Climate Agreement, Financing, SIDS [viewed]

United Nations27 September 2014: During days three and four of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate 2014, many speakers addressed climate change. Speakers focused on international and national action, including transitions to renewable energy, and financing. Small island developing States (SIDS) particularly urged action, emphasizing they are already experiencing adverse effects on food and water security, biodiversity and oceans.

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Resilient Cities Acceleration Initiative Launched at UN Climate Summit [viewed]

climate-summit-201425 September 2014: During the UN Climate Summit, commitments were made to: raise US$2 billion for cities at risk from extreme weather events due to climate change; help 500 local governments develop resilience action plans by 2020; and double the number of cities and partners committed to building resilience by the end of 2015.

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Africa to Issue over US$1 Billion in Climate Change Catastrophe Bonds [viewed]

african-risk-capacity22 September 2014: In order to leverage available capital for climate change adaptation, African States are set to announce the African Risk Capacity (ARC) Extreme Climate Facility (XCF), a multi-year funding mechanism that will issue climate change catastrophe bonds. The bonds, to be issued in 2016, will provide additional financing to participating countries to enhance adaptation investments, in case extreme heat, droughts, floods or cyclones increase in frequency and intensity in Africa.

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UNGA General Debate Reflects on Climate Summit, Future Action [viewed]

unga6925 September 2015: The 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) convened for the second day of its general debate. Many speakers addressed climate change, reflecting on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Climate Summit and highlighting areas for future action.

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UNFPA Tool Identifies Climate Vulnerable Populations and Areas [viewed]

iied-unfpa24 September 2014: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has developed a tool, called ‘Demographic Exploration for Climate Adaptation' (DECA), which allows experts, policymakers and community members to identify where vulnerable people are located and what conditions contribute to their vulnerabilities.

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UN-Led Initiative Considers Disaster Resilience Financial Reporting [viewed]

unisdr-unep-wef24 September 2014: During the UN Climate Summit, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the World Economic Forum (WEF) and other partners, including Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, Swiss Re, Willis Group Holdings and the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), launched the 'Integrating Risks into the Financial System: The 1-in-100 Initiative.'

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Eleven Sites Added to UNESCO Global Geoparks Network [viewed]

global geoparts23 September 2014: The Global Network of Geoparks has grown to 111 sites, with the addition of 11 new sites at the sixth International UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Conference on Global Geoparks, held from 19-22 September, in Saint John Brunswick, Canada.

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UNGA's Second Committee Launches Work [viewed]

UNGA19 September 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its organizational session for UNGA 69, on 19 September 2014, in New York, US. The Second Committee will conduct its substantive work from 7 October until 26 November, beginning with the general debate on 7-9 October.

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MDBs Report on Climate Finance Provided in 2013 [viewed]

AfDB - IDB - EIB - ADB - World Bank Group19 September 2014: The third edition of the Joint MDB Report on Climate Finance 2013 has been expanded to include a better sectoral breakdown, and divisions by public and private operations. Since 2011, multilateral development banks (MDBs) have provided over US$75 billion in climate finance to developing and emerging economies, while, in 2013, they provided US$23.8 billion to address climate change, with 80%, or US$18.9 billion, dedicated to mitigation and 20%, or US$4.8 billion, going to adaptation.

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CBD Secretariat Issues Notification on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

CBD17 September 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a notification on incorporating disaster risk reduction (DRR) into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) in advance of the adoption of a post-2015 framework for DRR that will succeed the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA). The document (SCBD/SAM/DC/DCo/VA/83873) highlights opportunities "to raise awareness of the importance of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets to achieving DRR objectives."

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