Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

US Releases Third National Climate Assessment [viewed]

USA Flag6 May 2014: The US Global Change and Research Program (USGCRP) released the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA), which, to date, is the most “comprehensive, authoritative, transparent scientific report on US climate change impacts ever generated.” The report, a key deliverable of US President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan, confirms that climate change is not a distant threat but is currently occuring and has immediate impacts, and that most of the warming over the past 50 years is due to human activities.

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ADB to Increase Focus on Inequality, Climate Change [viewed]

ADB4 May 2014: Asian Development Bank (ADB) Governors heard calls to address rising inequality, climate change and other concerns, at their 47th annual board meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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Leaders Plan for Climate Action at Abu Dhabi Ascent [viewed]

united-nations-uae5 May 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) convened the 'Abu Dhabi Ascent,' a special meeting dedicated to preparing world leaders for the 2014 Climate Summit being hosted by the Secretary-General on 23 September. The 'Abu Dhabi Ascent' is the first international conference to draw on the results of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports.

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April 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-ifad-afdb-eu30 April 2014: During the month of April, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the World Bank, and the European Commission announced funding for several climate-related projects or initiatives. In addition, AfDB released its 2013 Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Annual Report.

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EC Promotes Resilience of Disaster-Prone Communities [viewed]

European Union29 April 2014: The first EU Resilience Forum assessed progress made on resilience, exchanged best practices and lessons learned, and laid the foundation for further reducing vulnerabilities in risk-prone environments. Specifically, the event aimed to: serve as a catalyst for efforts to support people in areas facing repeated disasters or conflicts; prepare for, withstand and recover from stresses and shocks; and address root causes of disasters and conflicts, rather than only dealing with their consequences.

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IFPRI Reviews Opportunities to Reduce Climate-related Conflict [viewed]

IFPRI LogoMay 2014: Summarizing the evidence of climate-induced conflict in the Horn of Africa, an IFPRI brief examines the interaction between climate shocks and conflict, and a range of policies and interventions to increase resilience.

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CBA8 Adopts Kathmandu Declaration on Financing Local Adaptation [viewed]

cba830 April 2014: The 8th Annual Community-Based Adaptation Conference (CBA8) brought together over 400 stakeholders and practitioners in community-based adaptation (CBA) for field trips, plenaries and meetings, focusing on financing CBA, sharing best practices and integrating lessons learned into development planning. The conference concluded with the adoption of a declaration that calls for a focused and human rights-based approach to financing local adaptation to climate change.

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Workshop Addresses Earth Observations and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus [viewed]

fao-esa-gwsp27 March 2014: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) hosted the Workshop on Earth Observations (EO) and the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus. Participants discussed: examples of EO contributions to WEF nexus assessments; information needs of WEF policy-makers; gaps in monitoring information and services that could be addressed by EO; and development of a synthesis report on the state of EO applications to WEF issues.

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ITU, UNFCCC, UNESCO Propose Adaptive Pathways for ICT Sector [viewed]

itu-unfccc-unesco28 April 2014: Climate change will cause unavoidable impacts that will affect the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, making adaptive practices the "new normal," according to a report by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Deutsche Telekom.

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Indian Ocean Countries Collaborate on Climate Data Rescue [viewed]

gfcs24 April 2014: The International Workshop on the Recovery and Digitization of Climate Heritage in the Indian Ocean Rim Countries and Islands convened in recognition of the need to accelerate the recovery of the region's historical climate records. At the workshop, governments established the INdian Ocean Data REscue Initiative (INDARE), adopted a declaration and agreed to finalize an INDARE implementation plan.

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