Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

WMO Takes Action on Storm Surges [viewed]

WMO21 May 2014: The 5th Meeting of the Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project (CIFDP) Steering Group convened to discuss progress made in implementing projects that aim to strengthen flood forecasting and management and build integrated multi-hazard early warning and disaster response platforms. 

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Central Asian Countries Collaborate on Climate Resilience [viewed]

World Bank15 May 2014: The Second Central Asia Climate Knowledge Forum, organized under the theme ‘Moving Towards Regional Climate Resilience,' was organized by the World Bank and brought together over 100 policymakers and practitioners from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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UNISDR R!SE Initiative to Mainstream DRM in Business [viewed]

rise19 May 2014: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) launched the R!SE Initiative, which: has the objective of mainstreaming disaster risk management (DRM) into corporate planning and investment decision making; brings together business, investment and insurance representatives, as well as actors from the public sector, business education and civil society; and aims to develop and promote global standards on risk metrics and voluntary industry standards for disaster risk-sensitive investment.

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Military Advisory Board Identifies Climate Change as Security Threat [viewed]

accelerating-risks-climate-change13 May 2014: The CNA Corporation's Military Advisory Board has published a report, titled ‘National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change,' which provides an update to a 2007 CNA report that described climate change as a “threat multiplier.” The 2014 report reexamines climate change impacts on US national security within a more complex and integrated world and, looking at new vulnerabilities and tensions, identifies climate change as a “catalyst for instability and conflict.”

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Asian Cities Emphasize Climate Focus in Capital Investment Planning [viewed]

World Bank15 May 2014: Representatives of Asian cities met at the second Seoul Creditworthiness Academy workshop to discuss ways to improve municipal finances and access to capital to achieve low-carbon development, and the need for a “climate lens” in developing capital investment plans. Participants included 39 mayors, city officials and technical experts representing 15 cities and provinces from 12 countries across Asia.

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Event: Nansen Initiative Consultation: Regional Dynamics of Human Mobility in West Africa [viewed]

This Nansen Initiative Consultation on Disasters, Climate Change and Displacement, titled 'Regional Dynamics of Human Mobility in West Africa,' will discuss the regional dynamics of human mobility related to those disasters linked to natural hazards and climate change impacts in West Africa, particularly key challenges faced regarding migration, displacement and planned relocation. The event will also address the potential for cooperative measures to help protect displaced populations and migrants, and inform regional policymakers in West Africa and other interested stakeholders about the Nansen Initiative, which is led by the Governments of Switzerland and Norway. Participants will discuss topics related to: protection needs and challenges for displaced persons and migrants in the context of disasters and climate change in West Africa; specific challenges for those displaced across international borders; challenges linked to those migrants who need to adapt to urban environments; the role of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as a platform for regional cooperation; and the position of West African countries in the UNFCCC negotiations. The Nansen Initiative is a State-led consultative process intended to build consensus on developing an agenda that addresses the needs of people displaced across international borders by natural disasters, including those linked to the impacts of climate change.  

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IFPRI Conference Highlights Role of Resilience in Ensuring Food and Nutrition Security [viewed]

IFPRI Logo18 May 2014: At the ‘Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security' conference organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), its 2020 Vision Initiative and partners, participants called for the inclusion of a goal to eliminate hunger by 2025 in the post-2015 development agenda. 

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African Countries Adopt Common Position on Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

afrp1416 May 2014: The 5th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (AfRP14) and the 3rd Ministerial Meeting for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) convened under the theme ‘Prevent Risk: Build Resilience.' The meeting was one in a series of multi-stakeholder consultations leading up to the 3rd World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), which is scheduled to take place in Japan in March 2015. 

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Event: Nansen Initiative Regional Consultation on Natural Hazards, Climate Change and Cross-border Displacement in the Greater Horn of Africa: Protecting People on the Move [viewed]

This Nansen Initiative Regional Consultation on 'Natural Hazards, Climate Change, and Cross-border Displacement in the Greater Horn of Africa: Protecting People on the Move' will explore the issue of cross-border displacement as a result of disasters in the region. The event is being hosted by the Government of Kenya and will bring together representatives of governments, regional organizations, such as the African Union (AU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), UN agencies, Red Cross Societies, community- and faith-based organizations, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other stakeholders working on issues related to displacement, disaster risk reduction (DRR), disaster management, climate change adaptation, human rights and migration. The Consultation will begin with a technical workshop, followed by a dialogue on the workshop's outcomes and agreement for follow-up. The objectives of the Consultation are to: increase knowledge regarding displacement and human mobility dynamics in the region; identify challenges related to disasters and displacement; and develop concrete outcomes to enhance the region's preparedness and response to these challenges. An outcome document is expected to identify common displacement challenges in the context of disasters and climate change in region and recommendations on how to address them. The Nansen Initiative is a State-led consultative process intended to build consensus on developing a protection agenda addressing the needs of people displaced across international borders by natural disasters, including those linked to the impacts of climate change. In 2015, outcomes from the five Nansen Initiative regional consultations will be jointly addressed during a global intergovernmental meeting, where elements of a proposed “protection agenda” addressing cross-border displacement in the context of disasters will be discussed.  

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China Supports International Cooperation on DRR [viewed]

UNISDR13 May 2014: China has indicated it will support stronger international cooperation to prevent and reduce the impact of disasters in the lead up to the successor agreement to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) on disaster risk reduction (DRR) to be adopted in 2015. The announcement was made during the 5th National Forum on Comprehensive Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development, which highlighted the need to strengthen international financing mechanisms for DRR, among other things.

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