Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

ADB Highlights Flood Control in Transboundary Pyanj River [viewed]

ADBJuly 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) published a report, titled ‘Pyanj River Morphology and Flood Protection,' which examines the character of the river channel, traditional flood control approaches in the basin and means of corridor protection. The report aims to support flood control planning and management in the basin and build climate resilience.

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Member States Approve Draft Outcome of SIDS Conference [viewed]

samoa-conference11 July 2014: UN Member States approved the Draft Outcome of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), titled 'SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action [S.A.M.O.A.] Pathway,' concluding the work of the Preparatory Committee for the conference, on 11 July 2014.

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European Ministerial Discusses Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR10 July 2014: The first-ever European Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) brought together representatives from 40 European countries to exchange views on developing a post-2015 DRR framework, to be endorsed at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015.

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European Commission Quantifies Cost of Climate Impacts [viewed]

European Union 25 June 2014: Climate change-related damage could cost the EU €190 billion or more unless further climate action is taken, according to a study by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). The study seeks to quantify the biophysical impacts of climate change on household welfare and economic activity by examining climate impacts on ten sectors in five EU regions through a broad set of climate model simulations.

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WMO Maps Mortality and Economic Loss from Extreme Events [viewed]

WMO11 July 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) in Belgium have jointly published the ‘Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes 1970-2012,' which describes the distribution and impacts of weather, climate and water-related disasters, and highlights measures to increase resilience.

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UNDP Highlights Humanitarian, Development and Climate Finance Synergies [viewed]

UNDP10 July 2014: Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Chair of the UN Development Group (UNDG), has launched a report by the UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) focusing on the role of pooled financing mechanisms in strengthening synergies among humanitarian, development and climate finance provided to fragile and conflict-affected countries.

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World Bank Issues First Catastrophe Bond [viewed]

worldbank-ccrif8 July 2014: The World Bank Group's International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) has issued its first catastrophe ("cat") bond, which will benefit the 16 member States of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF). The bond, which is a three-year, US$30 million transaction under IBRD's Capital-at-Risk Notes Program, is linked to tropical cyclone and earthquake risk in CCRIF countries.

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Pacific Partnerships Meeting Focuses on Gender, Climate Change [viewed]

SPC logo13 June 2014: With the goal of advancing the Pacific region's agenda on gender, sustainable development and climate change within UN bodies, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Diverse Voices and Action for Equality (DIVA for Equality) and the Pacific Youth Council convened representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs) and UN missions for the regional meeting 'Pacific Partnerships to Strengthen Gender, Climate Change Response and Sustainable Development.'

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WMO Climatology Commission Calls for More Frequent Climate Baselines [viewed]

WMO9 July 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Commission for Climatology convened to adopt a 2014-2018 work plan aimed at accelerating national efforts to deliver and use climate services, and address issues such as data management, climate prediction and capacity building. The Commission also recommended that governments adopt a two-tier approach to updating the 30-year baselines used by scientists and meteorological services to monitor the weather and climate, and make comparisons with past conditions.

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WMO, WHO Establish Joint Office for Climate and Health [viewed]

WMO WHO8 July 2014: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have established a Joint Office for Climate and Health, under the auspices of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), to promote the development and use of climate services to improve public health. The office will increase awareness, build capacity, and connect meteorological services with experts in the health sector to act on climate adaptation and risk management.

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