Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

World Disasters Report Highlights Culture in DRR [viewed]

ifrs28 October 2014: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has published the ‘World Disasters Report 2014: Focus on Culture and Risk.' The report explores how culture should be considered in disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts and analyzes the influence of disaster and risks on culture. It concludes that DRR approaches must recognize why people are living with risks and how their behavior and attitudes related to culture affect their exposure and sensitivity to hazards.

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UNEP Makes Business Case for Eco-innovation [viewed]

UNEP5 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a publication, titled ‘The Business Case for Eco-Innovation,' which is part of UNEP's Eco-innovation Project. According to the publication, companies are facing growing market and regulatory pressures in the face of declining resources and environmental degradation, extreme weather events are impacting on business profitability, and global water demand is expected to exceed supply by 40% within 20 years.

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UNEP Magazine 'Our Planet' Focuses on Protected Areas, Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2014: The November issue of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) ‘Our Planet' magazine focuses on interactions between biodiversity, climate change and protected areas under the heading ‘Climate for Life.' The issue contains 11 feature articles and provides highlights of UNEP's work as well as country-level action on climate change mitigation and environmental conservation.

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Event: Third Session of the Multi-year Expert Meeting on Transport, Trade Logistics and Trade Facilitation [viewed]

The third session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Multi-year Expert Meeting on Transport, Trade Logistics and Trade Facilitation will convene from 24-26 November, under the theme 'Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Transport and Trade Logistics Challenges'. The meeting will focus on SIDS-specific transport-related challenges in light of the outcome of the third International Conference on SIDS, held in September 2014 in Apia, Samoa. Issues to be addressed will include: transport and trade logistics challenges; interlinkages between transport and trade; disaster risks, management and recovery; impacts of climate change on transport infrastructure and related adaption needs; financing as an enabling factor; priority action areas and response measures; and the role of partnerships, partners and collaboration mechanisms. The meeting will be open to participants from government, industry and academia nominated by UNCTAD member states, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), and UNCTAD-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs).  

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October 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

climate-finance3 November 2014: During October 2014, the Asian Development Bank (ABD), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) reported on climate resilience projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America, among others.

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Event: Resilient Cities 2015: 6th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation [viewed]

This forum will bring together experts and practitioners in urban adaptation and resilience. Presentations, panels, workshops and trainings will address: urban risk and vulnerability and disaster risk management; resilience data and indicators; adaptation planning, policy and integrated approaches; communicating resilience and applying ICT solutions; ecosystem-based adaptation and resource security; creating resilient public health systems; community-based, bottom-up approaches; resilient building, design and infrastructure; capacity building, governance and collaboration; and financing resilience planning and development. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and the City of Bonn are hosting the event.  

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Asia-Pacific Experts Adopt Principles for Disaster-Related Statistics [viewed]

UNESCAP30 October 2014: The Expert Group on Disaster-Related Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, established earlier in 2014, has agreed to "core principles for establishing a common basic range of disaster-related statistics" at its first meeting. The principles are expected to move the region toward universal standards that will improve natural disaster preparedness and response.

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EU-Backed Project Launches Electronic Atlas on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

empas 16 October 2014: A collaborative European research project has launched a website with stories and maps relating to climate change adaptation issues. The website, titled ‘Climaps: A Global Issue Atlas of Climate Change Adaptation,' was developed as part of the three-year ‘Electronic Maps to Assist Public Science (EMAPS)' project, which received funding from the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7) ‘Science in Society' programme, and used the ‘controversy mapping' method to illustrate the main actors and controversies around major scientific debates.

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Chairs Summarize Six Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Dialogues on SIDS [viewed]

sids-conference-20148 October 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) included six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues aimed at launching new partnerships, sharing successes, and documenting progress on key issues important to SIDS' sustainable development. Summaries from the dialogues' Chairs, issued as a UN General Assembly document of 8 October 2014, highlight the array of partnerships committed to at the conference.

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Event: Analysis and Management of Changing Risks for Natural Hazards [viewed]

This conference is the culmination of two European Commission (EC) projects: Changing Hydro-meteorological Risks as Analyzed by a New Generation of European Scientists (CHANGES); and Increasing Resilience through Earth Observation (IncREO). It aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas related to effective risk management strategies. Participants will also discuss research results on the effects of changing hydro-meteorological risks and the development of innovative methodologies for quantitative hazard and risk forecasts. Sessions will take place on: ecosystem-based approaches to disaster management; forecasting future changes in hydro-meteorological triggers; using remote sensing techniques to generate asset maps; modeling changes in societal parameters to characterize exposure and vulnerability; modeling changes in natural risks and risk scenarios; adapting risk management to future changes; risk communication; geo-information and visualization tools for risk assessments; and transferability of multi-hazard risk assessment methods to developing countries.  

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