Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC Highlights 20 Years of Technological Assistance; Capacity-Building Activities Focus on DRR, Combating Desertification [viewed]

technologyupdate15 July 2016: The past weeks' activities under and outside the UNFCCC sought to build developing countries' capacity on climate change adaptation, disaster risk management (DRM) and other climate change-related issues, and to identify additional opportunities with regard to capacity building, and technology development and transfer.

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GEO-6 Regional Assessment: Addressing Vulnerability Key for Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

GEO6July 2016: Addressing increasing vulnerability is a key priority for the Asia and Pacific region, according to the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessment for Asia and the Pacific.' The report's analysis of air, land, biota and ecosystems, freshwater, coasts and oceans, and waste in the region finds increasing environmental degradation and negative impacts on human well-being.

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In FY16, World Bank Provides Over US$61 Billion [viewed]

world_bank_new12 July 2016: The World Bank Group's (World Bank) commitments rose to over US$61 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to countries and private businesses in fiscal year 2016 (FY16), according to a World Bank press release. This financing includes support for climate change and a continued focus on sub-Saharan Africa, which remains a top priority with commitments to countries reaching US$12.5 billion in FY16.

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UNSG Candidates Highlight Gender, UN Reform, Inclusiveness [viewed]

United Nations12 July 2016: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft held a Townhall event for candidates for the position of next UN Secretary-General to discuss their vision. The event was globally televised live by Al Jazeera Media Network. Ten of the 12 current candidates participated, discussing the challenges and opportunities facing the UN, and taking questions from UN Member States and the public, both from the floor and via video.

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Human Rights Council Marks Tenth Anniversary, Adopts 33 Resolutions [viewed]

OHCHR8 July 2016: The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) concluded its 32nd session in Geneva, Switzerland, after celebrating the tenth anniversary of its establishment with a special event discussing its achievements.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: NAP Expo 2016 Underway, DRM Activities Enhance Urban Resilience [viewed]

adaptation_lost_damage11 July 2016: News in recent weeks related to climate change adaptation, disaster risk management (DRM) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) brought the issue of urban resilience to the forefront. NAP Expo 2016 and the Second Global Conference on Health and Climate contributed to the implementation of the Paris Agreement by giving renewed impetus to efforts to formulate and implement national adaptation plans (NAPs), and build healthier societies.

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June 2016 Climate Finance Update: Funds Meet, Non-state Actor Engagement Accelerates [viewed]

june20165 July 2016: This issue of the Climate Finance Update features recent global and regional news on climate finance activities by a variety of intergovernmental actors. Several climate funds met in June to make decisions on strategy and funding. A number of disaster recovery and resilience projects received funding in Asia and Africa. The World Bank highlighted developments in carbon pricing, and some concrete measures were taken to increase the engagement of non-state actors in climate financing.

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Government Officials Discuss SIDS Partnerships for SAMOA Pathway, SDGs [viewed]

samoa_pathway25 May 2016: High-level officials from small island developing States (SIDS), policy makers, and UN entities discussed emerging environmental issues in SIDS, and ways in which they could be solved through partnerships, during a high-level round table on 'Innovative Partnerships for addressing environmental challenges in implementation of the SAMOA Pathway and the 2030 Agenda.' The event focused on oceans-related partnerships and innovative financing.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Regions Step up DRR Efforts and Resilience to El Niño, Human Mobility, Climate Change and Development Nexus Explored [viewed]

Adaptation_loss_and_damage30 June 2016: As May 2016 became the 13th consecutive month to break the global temperature records, the world's regions' need to adapt to the changing climate grew stronger. In 2015-2016, the periodic warming of the central to Eastern tropical Pacific, known as 'El Niño,' was the strongest since 1997-1998, causing some regions to receive more rain, and others to receive no precipitation. These changes impacted agriculture, food security and nutrition among the affected populations. During the past few weeks, the world's regions, States and sectors have redoubled adaptation efforts, focusing on building resilience and managing disaster risks. The news reported in this Update also demonstrate that the role of cooperation, innovation and knowledge dissemination in advancing climate change adaptation efforts cannot be underestimated.

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Erik Solheim Begins Tenure as UNEP Executive Director [viewed]

UNEP27 June 2016: Erik Solheim, former Minister of Environment and International Development, Norway, assumed his position as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), pledging to focus his tenure on tackling environmental issues affecting human health, and environmental factors leading to conflict and migration.

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