Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Event: 5th Conference of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

The 5th Conference of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM 2014) will meet under the theme ‘Building Disaster Resilient Communities'. The conference aims to bridge gaps and promote science-based solutions to empower local communities to advance disaster reduction, adapt to climate change and promote sustainable development. It also intends to: address opportunities for action through contributions from the areas of disaster science, technology, policy and practice; and stimulate a “next generation of ideas and actions” for disaster reduction. Conference themes will address cross-cutting issues, such as: disaster risk management, sustainable development, resilience building, vulnerability reduction, risk assessment and governance, risk financing, living with uncertainty, transformative processes, cultural recognition and change, poverty reduction, wellbeing, climate change adaptation, crisis communication and communities of practice. Conference participants will reflect on how theory, method and implementation presented by these processes can help to build disaster resilient communities. More specifically, the conference will address: building disaster resilient societies; integrating climate change and development goals; resilient cities, including case studies and best practices; creating an enabling environment to achieve resilience; emerging tools for integrated disaster management; risks and critical infrastructure protection; risk governance frameworks for resilient communities; and strategies for long-term, post-disaster mitigation measures.  

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131st IPU Assembly Debates Gender Equality, Climate Change and Water Management [viewed]

Ipu16 October 2014: The 131st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) addressed a number of sustainable development issues, including gender equality and disaster risk management, climate change, and water management. The Assembly, along with related meetings, gathered more than 700 Members of Parliament (MPs) from 141 countries.

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US Department of Defense: Climate Change Poses Immediate Security Threat [viewed]

dod13 October 2014: The US Department of Defense (DoD) has released the ‘2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap' to address the threats that climate change poses to US national security and to plan ahead for a wide range of contingencies. The report explains that: climate change will affect the DoD's ability to defend the country and poses immediate risks to US national security; and the DoD is responding through adaptation and mitigation activities.

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September 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

wb.adb.ebd.afdb.gefSeptember 2014: During the month of September, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans and highlighted work to address water-related issues including: conserving aquatic biodiversity; improving climate resilience; expanding water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM); and reducing disaster risk from flood and drought.

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EEA Report Identifies Triggers for Adaptation Policy [viewed]

EEA14 October 2014: According to a report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), extreme weather events and EU policies are the primary drivers of climate change adaptation policy in Europe. The report, based on a survey of national adaptation authorities, finds that information provision is the most commonly mentioned adaptation policy instrument, and water management is the most prioritized sector for adaptation.

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Disaster Reduction Day Focuses on Contributions of Older People [viewed]

United Nations13 October 2014: This year's International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) focused on the contributions of older people in combating climate change and to the post-2015 disaster risk reduction (DRR) framework. The Day focused on the theme ‘Resilience is for Life,' with celebrations that: called for a more inclusive approach for older people in DRR; emphasized their needs; recognized their role in and contribution to better planning and understanding of disaster risk; and addressed how they can help build resilience in their communities using their experience and knowledge.

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European Forum Progresses on Regional Consensus for Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR9 October 2014: The 5th European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) has called for joint action to face the challenges of climate change, sustainable development and disaster risk reduction (DRR). Participants discussed the role of science, the use of national platforms to coordinate policy among different stakeholders, and the need for greater interaction with other international negotiations, particularly those on climate change.

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UNFCCC Draws Lessons from Adaptation Planning Processes [viewed]

UNFCCC2 October 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a ‘Synthesis report on methods and tools for, and good practices and lessons learned relating to, adaptation planning processes addressing ecosystems, human settlements, water resources and health, and good practices and lessons learned related to processes and structures for linking national and local adaptation planning.'

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WMO, Oman Build Cyclone Forecasting/Warning Capacity [viewed]

WMO7 October 2014: The Sultanate of Oman and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) sponsored a workshop to improve operational tropical cyclone forecasting and warning, through the provision of training for forecasters using the most current techniques.

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SPREP Launches Support Mechanism for Climate Resilience [viewed]

SPREP3 October 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has launched the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience's Regional Technical Support Mechanism (RTSM). RTSM was announced during SPREP's 25th Annual Meeting that convened in Majuro, the Marshall Islands, from 30 September - 2 October 2014.

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