Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

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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Pacific Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience Gets Underway [viewed]

CIF24 January 2014: The first meeting for the three-year multi-million dollar Pacific Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) brought together donors, partners and representatives of Pacific island countries to discuss planning and implementation as the project gets underway.

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APFM Highlights Publications on Flood Management, Forecasting and Mapping [viewed]

apfmJanuary 2014: The Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM), a partnership between the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO), has introduced three publications in the Integrated Flood Management (IFM) Tool Series in their January 2014 Newsletter. The publications address flood forecasting and early warning, transboundary flood management, and flood mapping.

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FAO Compiles Experiences on Adaptation in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sectors [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has assembled descriptions of 26 current or recent fisheries and aquaculture programmes that have addressed climate change adaptation in developing countries.

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WMO, UNESCO Initiatives Aim to Increase Coastal Resilience [viewed]

unesco-wmo22 January 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have announced their participation in two initiatives being undertaken to develop risk management strategies and tools for weather and water-related extreme events and to increase the resilience of coastal communities.

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UNISDR Workshop Discusses Strategy for Disaster and Climate Resilient Development in the Pacific [viewed]

UNISDR21 January 2014: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) convened a workshop to develop a post-2015 Strategy for Disaster and Climate Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP). The new strategy aims to bring together the fields of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaption to increase the resilience of Pacific countries.

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UNITAR Develops Programme to Build Capacity on DRR [viewed]

Unitar17 January 2014: To develop and adopt a post-2015 disaster risk reduction (DRR) framework to replace the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is organizing a number of international consultations and two formal preparatory committees. The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) will hold technical one-day courses in conjunction with the preparatory committee sessions to strengthen the capacity of diplomats and other government officials to participate in the process.

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January 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank AFDB21 January 2014: The World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) made a number of investments in the water and sanitation sector in January 2014, including in Albania, Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Madagascar, the Russian Federation, Togo and Viet Nam, for projects aimed at improving basic urban services, providing rural access to water supply and sanitation, expanding hydromet systems to monitor hydrological information, and improve the climate resilience of irrigated agriculture and water supply and sanitation services, among others.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Action on Poverty, Climate Change [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw17 January 2014: During an informal meeting of the Plenary of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined UN challenges for 2014, noting that the post-2015 development agenda “must fully reflect the importance of institutions, governance and the rule of law as essential ingredients for success.” 

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