Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Stats Commission Discusses Climate Change Statistics, SDGs [viewed]

47unsc10 March 2016: As part of the UN Statistical Commission's (UNSC) 47th session, governments discussed climate change statistics and related issues, including their relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).

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Climate, Energy Groups Speak Out on International Women's Day [viewed]

womenday20168 March 2016: Marking this year's International Women's Day (IWD), UN agencies and other international organizations called for gender equality and women's empowerment, under the theme of ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it Up for Gender Equality.'

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LAC Countries Take Action Towards Ending Hunger by 2025 [viewed]

fao_headquarters3 March 2016: The 34th Session of the Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) adopted a number of measures to achieve the region's goal to eradicate hunger by 2025, five years ahead of the deadline agreed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Goal 2 is End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture, and the Goal's first target calls to, "by 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round."

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Event: African Drought Conference [viewed]

This meeting will focus on the theme, 'Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African Continent'. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia will organize this event in follow up to its role as UNCCD COP11 President and to the outcomes of the high-level meeting on national drought policies (HMNDP) held in Geneva in 2013. The conference will focus on identifying the specific needs of African countries in the area of effective drought mitigation, with a view to developing a strategic framework for enhancing resilience to drought events on the African continent. The overall objective of the Conference is to come up with an overarching strategic framework for Africa that will enhance resilience to the impact of drought events. It is expected that the Conference will set in motion the process to develop a strategic framework for enhancing resilience to drought at the African level that will contribute to poverty alleviation, economic development and enhance environmental and human well-being. The work of the Conference will be guided by an agenda for action white paper document, which will be circulated in advance of the conference.  

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CEDAW, Canada Highlight Centrality of Women and Girls to DRR [viewed]

ohchr-canada1 March 2016: Women and girls must be at the core of disaster risk reduction (DRR), given that they often “bear the brunt” of climate change and hazards, said participants during a special session on gender-related dimensions of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change, convened by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The half-day session discussed DRR and climate change in the context of provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

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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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