Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UNICEF Report Examines Climate Change Impacts on Children [viewed]

unless_we_actNovember 2015: Climate change is perhaps the greatest threat facing the world's children and their children, declares a report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). ‘Unless We Act Now: The impact of climate change on children' cautions that climate change has the potential to undermine gains in child survival, nutrition and development and proposes concrete steps to protect children from climate-related impacts.

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November 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

november_climate_financeNovember 2015: During the month of November, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) reported on new financing, collaborations and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and forestry research centers launched studies, think pieces and multimedia content on, inter alia, climate-related disasters, vulnerability in Africa, stranded assets, Adaptation Fund activities and REDD+.

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WMO: 2015 Likely to be Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

WMO25 November 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has estimated that the world will have reached 1°C of warming above pre-industrial levels in 2015. The Organization predicts that the global average surface temperature in 2015 is likely to be the warmest on record, noting the cause as a combination of anthropogenic climate change and a strong El Niño. In addition, the years 2011-2015 make up the warmest five-year period ever recorded, according to the WMO.

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African Decision Makers Discuss Risk Management and Financing for Resilience [viewed]

ur20 November 2015: The first 'Understanding Risk and Finance Conference for Africa' provided a forum for African decision makers to discuss strategies and approaches to mitigate the socioeconomic, fiscal, and financial impacts of disasters, including those of climate change.

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UNISDR Asia Partnership Meeting Advances Work on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

UNISDR20 November 2015: Participants at the 2nd Asia Partnership Meeting of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) have developed a draft regional plan for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in Asia. The draft plan will be submitted to the 2016 Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) for further discussion and adoption.

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Majority of Disasters are Weather-related: UNISDR Reports [viewed]

UNISDR23 November 2015: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has released a report, titled 'The Human Cost of Weather-Related Disasters 1995-2015,' which finds that 90% of disasters around the world are caused by weather extremes, such as floods, storms heatwaves or droughts. Over the past 20 years, these disasters have caused 606,000 deaths and left 4.1 billion people injured, homeless or in need of emergency assistance.

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UNGA Meets Informally on Refugee Crisis [viewed]

unga7019 November 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held an informal meeting on advancing a comprehensive response to the global humanitarian and refugee crisis. Participants discussed: providing protection including through third-country resettlement; ensuring adequate and predictable financing; and increasing support to receiving countries. Many said it is not possible to continue business-as-usual in humanitarian affairs, and welcomed the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit.

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UN High-Level Events Address Water, Sanitation and DRR; UNSGAB Launches Concluding Report [viewed]

un_sanitation_day19 November 2015: The UN addressed the role of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and water management in ensuring food security, increasing access to energy and tackling urbanization challenges at the Second UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters. The Session convened as part of a series of coordinated events for the UN High-Level Water and Sanitation Days 2015, which included World Toilet Day and culminated with the final meeting of the UN Secretary-General's Special Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB).

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El Niño Conference Calls for Preparedness Action Based on Improved Forecasts [viewed]

elnino201518 November 2015: Scientists participating in the El Niño 2015 Conference noted that forecasts of, and preparedness for, the impacts of the 2015 El Niño event have improved. They called on decision makers to take action based on these improved forecasts, stressing that enhanced preparedness is highly dependent on action at the local level.

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WorldRisk Report 2015: Food Insecurity Increases Disaster Risk [viewed]

UNU17 November 2015: 
The UN University (UNU) has launched a report addressing the consequences of extreme natural events in 171 countries, and the connection between food security and disaster risk. Upon the report's launch, Peter Mucke, Managing Director of the WorldRiskReport 2015, said crises and disasters cause hunger, the “catastrophic effects of natural hazards” can be decreased by ensuring that people are fed, and hungry people are more vulnerable to disasters, wars and conflicts.

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