Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

France, Morocco Event Examines Mobilization from COP 21 to COP 22 [viewed]

france-moro_cop2119 January 2016: At an event hosted by the Permanent Missions of France and Morocco to the UN in Geneva, international organizations headquartered in the Swiss city heard about the outcomes of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC and ways the Paris Agreement will impact their activities. Titled 'From COP 21 to COP 22: International Geneva's Mobilization Continues,' the event also featured remarks from the incoming Moroccan Presidency on its approach to COP 22.

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UNSG: 2016 Must See National Traction on SDGs, “Put the Last First” [viewed]

ban_ki_moon14 January 2016: “We begin 2016 needing to get our priorities right,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in an informal briefing to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). He noted the heavy responsibility resting on “Year One” of the UN's new development agenda, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This is also the last year of Ban's tenure as Secretary-General.

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UN Secretary-General, Global Compact Call on Business to Advance Global Agreements [viewed]

Global Compact14 January 2016: The UN Global Compact (UNGC) Board underscored the role of the private sector and partnerships in advancing global challenges, particularly related to the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Members expressed broad recognition that partnerships are essential for leveraging resources and expertise, and reaching solutions faster and more effectively, according to the Compact's press release.

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Event: High-Level Ministerial Meeting on the Implementation Sendai Framework 2015-2030 (Americas) [viewed]

This meeting will discuss the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 and define regional priorities for its implementation in the Americas. Recommendations emanating from the meeting will provide the basis for further discussion and analysis with a broader range of stakeholders in the framework of the Regional Platform for DRR 2016. The meeting is being organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas (UNISDR AM).  

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Thailand Takes Over as G-77 Chair for 2016 [viewed]

G77logo12 January 2016: Thailand officially commenced its tenure as Chair of the Group of 77 (G-77), taking over from South Africa during a special ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York. Thailand announced the theme ‘From Vision to Action: Inclusive Partnership for Sustainable Development,' to be used as an underpinning principle during its chairmanship.

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Event: Disaster Risk Reduction, Response and Sustainable Reconstruction: Capacity Building for Equitable Planning and Development [viewed]

This conference will provide a forum for examining the efficacy of national strategies for capacity-building measures related to disaster risk reduction (DRR), with a focus on cross- and multi-disciplinary training efforts, education and professional development. While capacity building is critical to disaster preparedness, response and sustainable post-disaster reconstruction programmes, no agreed definition of the term currently exists. Thus, this conference will explore what the term “capacity building” means.  

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Event: Resilient Cities 2016: 7th Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation [viewed]

This Forum, which is expected to bring together together over 400 experts and practitioners, will focus on a range of issues related to urban resilience and climate change adaptation, including inclusive resilience strategies, financing the resilient city, measuring and monitoring progress, resilience and adaptation planning, governance and collaboration, resource management, and resilient infrastructure. Participants will be able to network, build new partnerships, and exchange ideas and best practices. Participants will include: elected officials, including mayors; academics, researchers and students; private sector and NGO representatives; urban and regional planners; water and sanitation specialists; civil engineers; financial institution representatives; disaster risk and emergency managers; and climate change and adaptation experts. The Forum, which is meeting for the seventh year, is organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and co-hosted with the City of Bonn, Germany. Resilient Cities focuses on solutions for local governments, including cities and small island states.  

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Event: Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe 2016 [viewed]

This conference will discuss, among other things, collaborative approaches to, and challenges facing the critical infrastructure protection (CIP), critical national infrastructure (CNI) and critical information infrastructure protection (CIIP), including protection, management and security challenges. The conference will address: a more holistic approach to protecting CNI, from both physical and cyber security perspectives; how to collaborate on resource sharing and intelligence gathering to deliver better value for the tax payer and greater success in delivering CNI security and resilience and improving disaster risk reduction (DRR). More specifically, the conference will include sessions on: CNI approaches and case studies from transport sector; emerging and future threats detection and management; enhancing preparedness and response through modeling and simulation; private-public partnerships (PPP) in CIP; detection and protection technologies; cyber security standards and law; convergence in cyber security and CIIP; and cyber analysis, monitoring and defense. Participants will: gain insight into national and regional policy and security developments in relation to CIP; engage in debate, educational opportunities and cooperation advocacy; and share ideas and facilitate inter-departmental, government and agency cooperation. In addition, an exhibition will showcase leading technologies and products.  

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Malawi, First African Country to Undergo DRR Peer Review [viewed]

UNISDR6 January 2016: In December 2015, specialists from Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe conducted a ten-day assessment of Malawi's disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies and actions, launching a process that will conclude in the coming months with Africa's first DRR peer review report.

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Event: World Meteorological Day [viewed]

World Meteorological Day has, since 1961, commemorated the entry into force of the Convention establishing the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which occurred on 23 March 1950. It also celebrates the important contribution that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services make to the safety and well-being of society. This year's theme, 'Hotter, drier, wetter. Face the Future,' was chosen to illustrate the reality of climate change. It highlights that, without urgent action to cut emissions, the trend of increasing temperatures and the frequency and intensity of extreme events will accelerate. A 2016 calendar with the same theme is also available for download, and includes photographs from around the world based on a WMO Facebook competition.  

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