Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UNISDR Assessment: US$250-300 Billion/Year Lost From Disasters [viewed]

GAR154 March 2015: According to the 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR15), economic losses from disasters amount to US$250-300 billion each year. The report, prepared by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, estimates that an annual investment of US$6 billion in disaster risk management would generate US$360 billion over the next 15 years through avoided losses.

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Event: Indicators and Data for Climate Resilient Development: From Data to Information and Knowledge to Policy Actions [viewed]

This workshop aims to identify a core set of indicators and data sets for gauging climate resilient development to enable measurement in areas such as natural hazards, vulnerability, adaptive capacity, mitigation, resilience and development. Key topics for discussion include: vulnerability to climate change, adaptive capacity and resilience; targets and indicators post 2015; development; and natural hazards related to climate change. The European Commission's (EC) Joint Research Centre Institute for Environment and Sustainability (JRC-IES) and the Climate Change Unit of the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO C2) are organizing the workshop as part of efforts by the Global Climate Change Alliance's Flagship Initiative (GCCA+) to strengthen policy dialogue and cooperation on climate change issues.  

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Agriculture, Family Farming Key for Sustainable Development, FAO Director-General Tells CARICOM [viewed]

FAO27 February 2015: Agriculture and small-scale and family farming are critical drivers of inclusive economic growth and sustainable development, and key to addressing food security and coping with climate change, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva told Heads of Government at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit. Da Silva also highlighted progress by CARICOM members in achieving the Millennium Development Goals' (MDG) hunger target.

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ESCAP Conference Says Asia-Pacific Must Build Resilience to Ensure Development Gains [viewed]

UNISDR UNESCAP18 February 2015: As the world's most disaster prone region, the Asia-Pacific must build resilience to meet its development goals, according to participants at the Regional Conference on Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into Development Planning and Financing. The Conference, hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), brought together policymakers and experts one month ahead of the Third UN World Conference on DRR.

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February 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

afdb_eib_idb_cif_wbank and_citiFebruary 2015: During February 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and the Citi corporation reported on funding and new financial instruments. IDB, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the World Bank launched publications on, inter alia, climate resilience, green growth and carbon pricing, and reported on a regional event in Asia.

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UNEP Seeks Comments on Access-to-Information Policy [viewed]

UNEP25 February 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is requesting comments on its Access-to-Information-Policy, which contains the principles and procedures governing access to information at UNEP. The policy was issued on 6 June 2014, and is currently in a pilot phase. According to UNEP, it seeks to make accessible the information concerning UNEP's work and the information it generates, in a manner consistent with the relevant policies and practices of the UN Secretariat.

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UNSG Updates Membership on Climate Negotiations [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw23 February 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefed UN Member States on the status of global climate change negotiations. He discussed progress made at recent meetings of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and said a few key issues remain to be decided, including climate finance, adaptation and resilience, and accelerating action.

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Africa Conference Reaffirms Need for Meteorological, Hydrological Services [viewed]

wmo_au18 February 2015: The Third Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET-3) adopted the Praia Ministerial Declaration, reaffirming the need to support National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) with adequate resources and institutional frameworks. The African Ministers responsible for meteorology also endorsed plans for a Regional Climate Centre (RCC) for Central Africa.

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Input on New and Emerging Issues, Climate Change-Related Matters [viewed]

CBD17 February 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a series of notifications calling for views and information on new and emerging issues to be considered by the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), the potential impacts of geoengineering on biodiversity, and other climate change-related activities, including experiences with ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

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Asia-Pacific Countries to Jointly Address Hydro-Meteorological Disasters [viewed]

logos_escap_typhoon13 February 2015: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) hosted a meeting during which representatives from 17 countries agreed to work together to build resilience to hydro-meteorological disasters through enhanced regional cooperation, and to share knowledge, review scientific and technological advances, and identify gaps across the region. The joint session of the ESCAP/World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Typhoon Committee (TC) and the WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones (PTC) was the first time the two groups met jointly in 18 years.

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