Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

REFMAR Days Advance International Cooperation on Sea-Level Observation [viewed]

refmar4 February 2016: With a view to supporting sea-level observation for prediction of tides, implementation of tsunami warning systems, coastal management, decision making and other applications, nearly 150 scientists and researchers from Francophone countries gathered for the second edition of the REFMAR Days. The event focused on: sea-level observation in support of research; storm surges and extreme sea-level events; and understanding long-term changes in sea-level, with a full day dedicated to each theme.

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Loss and Damage Committee Discusses Implementation Issues, Displacement and Risk Transfer [viewed]

UNFCCC5 February 2016: The second meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (WIM) addressed, among other issues, the implementation of its initial two-year workplan, and initiated work mandated by the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC concerning the establishment of: a task force on displacement; and a clearinghouse on insurance and risk transfer.

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Event: 42nd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum [viewed]

The 42nd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 42), themed '2015 El Niño impacts and lessons learned in the Greater Horn of Africa,' will take place from 22-23 February 2016, in Kigali, Rwanda. GHACOF 42 will bring together a wide range of stakeholders, including climate scientists, researchers, applications experts from critical socioeconomic sectors, governmental and non-governmental organizations, decision makers and civil society representatives. Workshops will be held on agriculture and food security, water resources, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and health, among others. During the Forum, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) will officially launch a live web-map to monitor climate and associated hazards in the Greater Horn of Africa region to improve accessibility to climate and hazard data. The Forum will be preceded by a capacity-building workshop for regional climate experts to be held at ICPAC, from 15-20 February 2016.  

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IGAD, UNITAR, Norway Support Climate Hazards Monitoring in Greater Horn of Africa [viewed]

igad_unitar_norway27 January 2016: The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) has published a live web-map to monitor climate and associated hazards in the Greater Horn of Africa region to improve accessibility to climate and hazard data. IGAD-ICPAC's comprehensive map includes information related to climate, flood hazard and changes in vegetation conditions.

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January 2016 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

finace_climateFebruary 2016: During the month of January, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and the Adaptation Fund, among others, reported on new funding approvals and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched publications on, inter alia, blended climate finance, climate co-finance tracking and climate risk management.

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UNISDR Conference Launches Science and Technology Partnership [viewed]

UNISDR29 January 2016: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) convened the Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, which aimed to harness the power of science and technology in implementing the Sendai Framework. The event opened with a tribute to the hundreds of scientists who have contributed their time to research climate change and its impacts.

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Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications Launches DRR Initiatives [viewed]

ITU logo28 January 2016: Information and communication technology (ICT) experts are working to harness the power of telecommunications to both prevent and mitigate the impacts of natural disasters. Gathered for the second 'Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications (GET-2016): Saving Lives,' an international event focusing on the intersection of emergency telecommunications and climate change mitigation and adaptation, 500 participants from 90 countries adopted two global ICT initiatives aimed at enhancing disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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Japan, CARICOM, UNDP Support Climate Change Efforts in the Caribbean [viewed]

japancaricomundp28 January 2015: The Government of Japan, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a US$15 million Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change in line with their long-term development strategies.

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UNDP Executive Board Reviews 2015 Work, Highlights Opportunities for SDG Implementation in 2016 [viewed]

UNDP25 January 2016: The year 2016 offers a "huge opportunity to make real progress" on the inter-linked agendas of climate change, sustainable development and disaster risk reduction (DRR), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Executive Board recognized at its first meeting since the commencement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Board discussed the 'Report of the Executive Board on its work during 2015' (E/2015/35), and emphasized 2016 as a crucial year for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Second Committee Considers Road Map on Working Methods [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial26 January 2016: UN Member States considered a proposed road map for informal consultations on “revitalization” of the work of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial). Angrej Logar, Permanent Representative of Slovenia and Chair of the Second Committee, presented the proposal, which addresses the Committee's role in guiding and supporting implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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