Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UNISDR Calls for Focus on Cities in Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR10 September 2014: The 2nd Steering Committee Meeting of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Making Cities Resilient Campaign focused on how to accommodate urban priorities in the post-2015 disaster risk reduction (DRR) framework. Participants stressed that the post-2015 framework should address the local level, and that national governments should support decentralization and be responsive to cities' needs.

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Euro-Asia Dialogue Addresses Climate Change, Urban Resilience [viewed]

UN-HABITAT10 September 2014: The Euro-Asia Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy and Urban Resilience, which aimed to enhance discussions and achieve greater cooperation between European and Asian partners on climate change and urban resilience, met in Yangon, Myanmar, from 3-4 September 2014.

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World Water Week Calls for Water Goal in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

SIWI5 September 2014: World Water Week, which convened this year on the theme 'Energy and Water,' closed with a call for inclusion of a standalone water target in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the post-2015 development agenda.

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Event: 5th Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development [viewed]

The Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD) was established in 2006 to promote sustainable housing and urban development for human settlements in the Asia-Pacific Region. The theme of the 5th APMCHUD is 'Equal Opportunity for Sustainable Development'. Sub-themes will include: inclusive urban planning; upgrading informal settlements; inclusive technology for the delivery of basic services; financing sustainable housing; and urban development for equal opportunity responding to natural and climate change-related disasters.  

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Event: Asia Urban Futures Workshop [viewed]

The US Agency for International Development (USAID), together with UN-HABITAT, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Global Pulse are co-hosting this workshop under the theme 'Shaping solutions to the challenges of tomorrow for Asia's cities'. The event seeks to bring together diverse stakeholders to discuss some of the major challenges and opportunities facing Asian cities as the result of rapid urbanization and climate change. The workshop will look at scenarios, models and forecasts from experts on Asian cities, as well as examples of state-of-the-art science and technology-based approaches for building urban resilience.  

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SIDS Conference Concludes with 297 Partnerships, Adoption of Outcome Document [viewed]

Samoa Partnerships Commitment4 September 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) took place from 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa, on the theme of ‘The Sustainable Development of SIDS Through Genuine and Durable Partnerships.' The Conference produced an outcome document, titled ‘SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway,' which was negotiated during the preparatory process at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and adopted during the closing plenary.

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August 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

idb-adb-wb-cif5 September 2014: During the month of August 2014, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the World Bank reported on various climate finance projects. The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) announced a publication on the ADB's climate finance projects in the Asia-Pacific, and the World Bank highlighted its climate and disaster risk screening policies.

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Learning Event Highlights Adaptation and Resilience Links in African Drylands [viewed]

CGIAR4 September 2014: An event organized by the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security programme (CCAFS) of CGIAR and partners, brought together stakeholders from a diverse range of disciplines working with dryland communities across East and South Africa. Event participants shared experiences on climate change adaptation, particularly related to community-based adaptation (CBA).

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ECLAC, CARICOM Highlight Vulnerabilities, Opportunities in Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo3 September 2014: During a side event at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), representatives of Caribbean SIDS and the UN discussed critical factors that underpin the vulnerability of Caribbean SIDS. ‘The vulnerability of Caribbean SIDS revisited - it's all about size' took place in Apia, Samoa, on 3 September 2014, and was organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in collaboration with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.

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Pacific SIDS Discuss Climate and Disaster Resilient Strategy [viewed]

spc-sprep-unisdr3 September 2014: A side event organized during the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) drew attention to regional efforts in the Pacific to integrate climate change and disaster risk management strategies, and advocated for a regional coordinating mechanism to oversee the implementation the regional strategy, expected to be endorsed in 2015. The event was organized by the Government of Tonga, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

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