Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

CBD-WHO Report Discusses Linkages between Biodiversity and Health [viewed]

Connecting Global Priorities Biodiversity and Human Health4 June 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have released a report, titled 'Connecting Global Priorities - Biodiversity and Human Health,' which reviews current knowledge on the linkages between biodiversity and human health, and the impact of a decline in biodiversity and ecosystem services on health. Based on knowledge from a wide range of scientific disciplines, this publication provides a comprehensive overview of the complex relationships between biodiversity and human health in thematic areas. It also profiles linkages to other global concerns, including climate change and to the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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IDB Outlines Climate Change Risk Management Options in LARC's Transport Sector [viewed]

new_logo_idbMay 2015: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has released a publication, titled 'Climate Change Risk Management Options for the Transportation Sector' in Latin America and the Caribbean, which identifies climate change risks and risk management options that can be incorporated into IDB-investments in the transportation sector.

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ESCAP 71 Establishes Energy Committee, Disaster Information Centre [viewed]

UNESCAP29 May 2015: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) adopted 14 resolutions at its 71st session, including agreement to promote transport and information and communications technology (ICT) links, establish a centre to share and manage disaster information, and create a Committee on Energy.

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May 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

AfDB - IDB - Adaptation Fund - UNDP - GEF - World Bank - APEC - SLoCaT - UNISDR - ADB - EIB1 June 2015: Climate finance-related news and announcements during May 2015 were published by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Adaptation Fund, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). AfDB, IDB, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the World Bank launched studies, reports and stories related to climate risk and finance. AfDB, ADB and the World Bank reported on climate change and finance-related events.

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UN Scientific Advisory Board Discusses "Big Ideas" for the Future of Humanity and the Planet [viewed]

United Nations26 May 2015: The third meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General, which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 25-26 May 2015, discussed a call by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for members to express “scientific concerns you have about the future of people and the planet” for his consideration.

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CIF Expands Investment Opportunities to 72 Countries [viewed]

CIF19 May 2015: Decisions taken during the semi-annual Climate Investment Funds (CIF) governing body meetings will bring the US$8.1 billion CIF to a total of 72 developing and middle-income countries in the areas of renewable energy, technology, sustainable forestry and climate resilience. During the meetings, the CIF earmarked US$100 million to Ghana, Nicaragua and Haiti to help them develop their renewable energy markets.

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World Meteorological Congress Opens with Focus on Post-2015 Development Agenda, DRR [viewed]

Wmo25 May 2015: The 17th session of the World Meteorological Congress will discuss the role of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in the post-2015 development agenda and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The Congress is also scheduled to help shape the WMO contribution to the climate change negotiations in the lead up to the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015, where a new climate agreement is expected to be adopted.

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UNEP Annual Report 2014 Highlights “Crucial Crossroads” for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNEPMay 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released its annual report for 2014, highlighting its policy and research work in support of decision making on sustainable development. The year's work included analyses of: emissions cuts required to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celcius (2°C); financing needs for adaptation to climate change; and ecosystems as drivers of economic growth.

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SE4ALL Global Energy Ministerial Opens, Highlights "Trillion-Dollar Opportunity" [viewed]

iisd_rs_se4all20 May 2015: The first-ever Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue, taking place as part of the Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum, opened with UN leaders emphasizing the interlinkages between sustainable energy and sustainable development, crisis management, poverty eradication and economic growth. The Ministerial Dialogue is being convened with the objective of reaffirming the Rio+20 determination “to act to make sustainable energy for all a reality.”

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Petersberg Climate Dialogue Strengthens Momentum Ahead of Paris [viewed]

6th Petersberg Climate Dialogue19 May 2015: The Sixth Petersberg Climate Dialogue focused on preparations for the Paris Climate Change Conference and included discussions on: the core elements of the planned 2015 climate agreement; intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs); the role of climate finance; the form a set of rules “anchored in the Paris agreement” might take; and the best way to use the remaining time before Paris in order to address as many unresolved issues as quickly as possible.

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