Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Africa Regional Meeting Sets Urbanization Priorities Ahead of Habitat III [viewed]

h329 February 2016: Participants at the Africa Regional Meeting for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) identified priorities for sustainable urban development in the coming decades, with a focus on regional urbanization to strengthen transitions and improve existing conditions. The conference resulted in the Abuja Declaration for Habitat III, titled 'Africa's Priorities for the New Urban Agenda.' Habitat III will convene in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.

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February 2016 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

february-climate-finance201629 February 2016: During the month of February, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the World Bank, among others, reported on new funding and other climate finance news in the areas of, inter alia, climate and disaster risk reduction (DRR), smart cities, green bonds, and technology transfer and development. The Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR), EIB, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Adaptation Fund released publications.

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Guest Article #140: Potential Effects of Climate Change on Transboundary Plant Pests and Diseases: FAO's Response and Contributions [viewed]

Approximately one-third of global crop production is lost every year to plant insects and diseases, including migratory insects and diseases, referred to as transboundary plant pests, which spread to a number of countries and can reach epidemic proportions in which control and management require cooperation between those countries. Climate change is expected to affect, where crops are cultivated, the distribution of plant pests, the introduction of new pests, the frequency of major pest outbreaks, and the risk of pesticide residues in food.

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UNCCD Announces WDCD Slogan, Highlights Links to Climate Action [viewed]

???????????????????????23 February 2016: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that the slogan for the 2016 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), which is celebrated on 17 June, will be ‘Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People.' UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut thanked China for offering to host the global observance event at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, highlighting the country's experience in “nursing degraded lands and man-made deserts back to health.”

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Event: IGAD-ICPAC Workshop on Flood and Drought Management in Greater Horn of Africa [viewed]

The aim of this workshop is to enhance participants' understanding of the different practices for flood and drought management and to familiarize with the new products of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), including a flood hazard map, live web-map and geoportal. The workshop aims to: create awareness about available tools, data and initiatives for flood and drought monitoring in the Greater Horn of Africa region developed through collaboration between IGAD and UN Institute for Training and Research's Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNITAR-UNOSAT); assess specific needs and challenges in flood and drought management in ICPAC member States; illustrate potential ways to further improve national capacities based on shared experiences among participants and organizers; identify potential interest in the integration of available country-level data into IGAD-ICPAC's flood and drought monitoring system; and collaborate with national entities to establish in-country projects.  

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EU Climate Diplomacy to Focus on Implementation of Paris Agreement [viewed]

ec15 February 2016: EU Foreign Affairs Ministers have adopted conclusions on European climate diplomacy, emphasizing three strands of action for 2016 related to: prioritizing climate change advocacy in diplomatic relations; implementing the Paris Agreement and intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs); and addressing the nexus among climate change, natural resources, prosperity, stability and migration.

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Post Davos Talks Highlight Urgency of Climate Change, Conflict and Migration [viewed]

unga_pwc_wef15 February 2016: Participants at the Post Davos Nordic Summit highlighted the role of the private sector and civil society in addressing sustainable development and geopolitical crises. They also discussed implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and noted the importance of progress on sustainable development and climate change to achieve peace and security.

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Working Group Makes Progress on Disaster Risk Reduction Indicators [viewed]

UNISDR11 February 2016: Government representatives and disaster risk reduction (DRR) practitioners met to continue work on developing a set of indicators to measure progress in implementing the Sendai Framework for DRR to ensure its goals are being met up to 2030. To assess progress in meeting the goals, countries working to come up with a common understanding of what they are measuring regarding both the scale of the problems faced and the impact of DRR efforts.

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UNISDR Analyzes Human Cost of Disasters in 2015 [viewed]

2015_disasters_numbers11 February 2016: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Catholic University of Louvain Brussels, Belgium, and the United States Agency for International Development (US AID) have released an infographic on disaster trends showing that 2015, which was the hottest year on record, confirmed that weather and climate-related disasters dominate disaster trends linked to natural hazards. Robert Glasser, Head of UNISDR, said the analysis reaffirms the key role of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and climate change adaptation for disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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REFMAR Days Advance International Cooperation on Sea-Level Observation [viewed]

refmar4 February 2016: With a view to supporting sea-level observation for prediction of tides, implementation of tsunami warning systems, coastal management, decision making and other applications, nearly 150 scientists and researchers from Francophone countries gathered for the second edition of the REFMAR Days. The event focused on: sea-level observation in support of research; storm surges and extreme sea-level events; and understanding long-term changes in sea-level, with a full day dedicated to each theme.

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