Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

OCHA Highlights Funding Needs for Crises Preparedness and Prevention [viewed]

UNOCHA14 February 2014: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has released a report, titled 'World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2013,' which highlights major trends in humanitarian crises, discusses their underlying causes and drivers, and focuses on the actors that participate in crises prevention, response and recovery.

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Climate Service Adaptation Programme in Africa Launches in Tanzania and Malawi [viewed]

gfcsFebruary 2014: Tanzania and Malawi convened “kick-off” meetings to launch the Climate Services Adaptation Programme in Africa, which aims to increase resilience in disaster risk management (DRM), food security, nutrition and health, building on existing climate services in these areas at the national, local and regional levels.

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UNESCO Outlines SIDS 2006-2013 Activities [viewed]

UNESCO13 February 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a 40-page booklet, titled 'Islands of the Future – Building resilience in a changing world,' which outlines UNESCO's activities in small island developing States (SIDS), covering the period from 2006-2013.

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Event: Fourth Session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas [viewed]

The Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas is a multi-stakeholder forum that brings together key DRR stakeholders throughout the Americas. It is a participative space for knowledge sharing that promotes the planning, monitoring and collective decision making and strategy, as well as actions to implement the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), all with linkages to international and national climate change adaptation efforts. The Fourth Session is co-organized by the UNISDR Regional Office for the Americas (UNISDR - Americas) and Ecuador's Secretariat of Risk Management and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and participation planned by subregional DRR organizations. The Platform will feature a high level panel on mainstreaming DRR and climate change adaptation in public policies, as well as four thematic sessions on: risk reduction and special segments of society; DDR, climate change and the development agenda; governance and public policies on risk reduction; regional consultation surrounding the new framework for DDR post-2015 (HFA2).  

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LAC Legislators to Create Regional Unit for Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

parlatino30 January 2014: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has reported that the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino) has approved a 'protocol' committing legislators from its 23 member countries to create a Regional Unit for Disaster Risk Management and integrate common principles of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience building into national legislation.

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IGAD, UNOSAT Meeting Focuses on DRR Capacities in the Horn of Africa [viewed]

UNITAR IGAD23 January 2014: Representatives of member States of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), international organizations, UN agencies, the private sector, academia and the media convened in Nairobi, Kenya, for a meeting on ‘Strengthening technological capacities and information access for improving disaster risk reduction in the Horn of Africa.'

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Japan, World Bank Partner to Strengthen Disaster Resilience [viewed]

gfdrr-japan3 February 2014: Japan and the World Bank jointly launched a programme to help improve disaster risk management (DRM) in developing countries. Activities will: focus on strengthening resilience, including risk identification and reduction, preparedness, financial protection, and knowledge mobilization and exchange; and take advantage of Japan's expertise in mainstreaming DRM into development planning and investment programmes.

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UNISDR Releases Proposed Elements of Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR17 December 2013: The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) has published a document outlining ‘Proposed Elements for Consideration in the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction,' which draws from stakeholder consultations that have taken place since 2012.

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January 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-afdb-ebrd-gefJanuary 2014: During the month of January, the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and a number of regional development banks have approved funding for climate-related projects, or have forwarded climate project proposals for review. The projects address, inter alia: climate innovation in the Caribbean; climate-friendly agriculture; meteorological services; adaptation of small-scale agriculture; clean bus leasing; livelihood diversification; and renewable energy.

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UNCCD Publication Evaluates Desertification as a Cause of Global Conflict [viewed]

desertification-invisible-frontierJanuary 2014: 'Desertification: The Invisible Frontline,' which was published by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), emphasizes that, "As the climate changes, so is the face of the Earth, and with devastating effects on the lives of those who depend on the land."

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