Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Lebanon Reviews Economic Repercussions of Climate Change at COP 20 Event [viewed]

limacop206 December 2014: 'Economic Repercussions of Climate Change on Vital Sectors of the Lebanese Economy,' a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference, addressed socio-economic consequences of climate change in Lebanon's water, energy and agriculture sectors. Participants considered an analysis of the country's 2014 drought, which illustrates potential future climate impacts, and the application of a Brazilian model of South-South cooperation in Lebanon.

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Scientists Call for Recognition of Biodiversity in Climate Negotiations [viewed]

cbd-iai5 December 2014: A declaration prepared by a group of scientists calls for better integration of biodiversity concerns into climate change politics and negotiations. Scientists and policymakers presented the declaration to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru's Environment Minister and president of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC. The declaration asks climate change policymakers to take biodiversity into account while also recognizing the role scientists must play in providing timely information to policymakers.

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EuropeAid Event Discusses Regional Cooperation on Climate Change [viewed]

limacop205 December 2014: The European Commission's (EC) Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid) hosted a side event titled 'EUROCLIMA: Joint Latin America-European Union (EU) Regional Responses to Climate Change Challenges' on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. The event focused on key results of regional responses to climate change challenges and opportunities for collaboration with Latin America through programmes such as EUROCLIMA.

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UNFPA, UNIDO Event Reviews Data Sharing Across UN System [viewed]

limacop204 December 2014: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organized a UN system-wide event on 'Data, Knowledge and Innovation for Climate Action' on the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference. Panelists focused on ways knowledge partnerships can integrate climate information into broader sustainability discussions, including through combining climate models with socio-economic data to strengthen local resilience to climate change.

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UN Agencies Hold Training to Strengthen DRR Capacity [viewed]

UNDP4 December 2014: During an inter-agency training on improving disaster risk reduction (DRR), 24 participants from five UN agencies learned about best-practices in capacity development for DRR and emergency preparedness to help countries assess their capacities and establish frameworks for addressing gaps.

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COP 20 Side Event Explores Role of Science in Climate Justice [viewed]

limacop203 December 2014: The ethics of loss and damage are complicated by the difficulties in linking damages from extreme weather events to changing emissions, according to an event at the Lima Climate Change Conference organized by the Met Office Hadley Centre, Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) and the University of Reading. The event, 'Climate Change Science Update: The Challenges for Robust Decision Making,' also explored barriers to making climate projections; risk management in the face of uncertainty; and climate justice.

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JICA, Peru Highlight Cooperation on DRM at COP 20 Event [viewed]

limacop203 December 2014: The event 'Disaster Risk Management (DRM) for Climate Change Adaption in Peru' explored collaborative initiatives between the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Peruvian government, highlighting the necessity of incorporating DRM into all sectors of Peru's planning processes. JICA and Peru's Presidencia del Consejo de Ministros (PCM) convened the side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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Guest Article #118: The Adaptation Fund's Success Story [viewed]

In just a few short years, the Adaptation Fund (AF) has built a focused, effective, and transparent climate adaptation financing instrument that directly aids the most vulnerable communities in developing countries.

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UN Secretary-General's Synthesis Report Proposes 6 Elements for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

syntesis-proposal4 December 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released an advance version of his synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda, titled ‘The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet.' In the report, Ban proposes an integrated set of six essential elements: dignity; people; prosperity; planet; justice; and partnership.

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2014 One of Hottest Years on Record, Says WMO [viewed]

WMO3 December 2014: 2014 is turning out to be one of the hottest years, if not the hottest year, on record, according to preliminary estimates by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO attributes the high temperatures to record high sea surface temperatures, which contributed to heavy rainfall and floods in many countries and extreme drought in others. The WMO's provisional statement of the ‘Status of the Global Climate in 2014' is intended to inform the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Lima, Peru.

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