Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

ASEAN Summit Adopts Declaration on Climate Change and Resilience [viewed]

Asean27 April 2015: The Heads of State and Government of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have signed a declaration committing to economic, social, cultural, physical and environmental measures that will reduce vulnerability to disaster and climate-related risks. The signatories pledge their intention to systematically mainstream disaster risk management (DRM) and climate change adaptation into policy making at the local, national and regional levels through multistakeholder engagement.

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Event: Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 PCCR, a bi-annual meeting of regional and national governments, organizations and donors involved in climate change activities in the Pacific, aims to: update the region on the latest climate change science and finance issues and their implications for the region and the UNFCCC negotiations; review implementation of the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC) against its agreed monitoring and evaluation indicators; strengthen networking, partnerships and collaborations among Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) and their partners on climate change and sustainable development; and discuss the Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development Plan (SRDP). Following the meeting, Pacific Island countries will hold a closed preparatory meeting on 15 May 2015 for the June 2015 UNFCCC negotiations.  

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April 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

April 2015 Climate Finance30 April 2015: During April 2015, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), the Adaptation Fund, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the World Bank, Climate Finance Options and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership reported on project news and other climate finance-related developments.

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Moldova, Ukraine Launch Adaptation Framework for the Dniester Basin [viewed]

UNECE23 April 2015: The Governments of Moldova and Ukraine have launched the Strategic Framework for Adaptation to Climate Change for the Dniester Basin, which will help the two countries mitigate climate change impacts, enhance transboundary cooperation and facilitate sustainable development. Having endorsed the Strategic Framework, the countries will develop an Implementation Plan, supported by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

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Nansen Initiative Consultation Focuses on Climate Change, Human Mobility in South Asia and Indian Ocean [viewed]

logo_nansen5 April 2015: Participants at the fifth Nansen Initiative Regional Consultation, held under the theme ‘Climate Change, Disasters and Human Mobility in South Asia and the Indian Ocean,' recognized that South Asia and the Indian Ocean region are exposed to a range of natural hazards, including sudden-onset and slow-onset events, that have the potential to trigger human mobility.

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Event: 2015 Environmental Emergencies Forum [viewed]

The Environmental Emergencies Forum (EEF) aims to showcase experiences and innovations in improving prevention, preparedness and response to environmental emergencies, and for advocating the integration of environmental concerns into humanitarian action. This forum meeting will explore the nexus of environmental risk, humanitarian crisis and climate change, and identify ways to better prepare for and respond to environmental emergencies. The Forum will bring together representatives from governments, industry, academia, aid agencies and civil society share the common goal of helping countries effectively respond to environmental emergencies. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway and the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection are hosting the 2015 Forum.  

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WMO Hurricane Committee Prepares for Upcoming Season [viewed]

WMO18 April 2015: The 37th session of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Hurricane Committee met to: review the 2014 hurricane season in the Atlantic and Eastern North Pacific basins; prepare for the upcoming hurricane season; and improve warning systems for hazards, such as storm surges and coastal flooding.

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UNFCCC's NAZCA Portal Features Over 500 City Actions [viewed]

nazca22 April 2015: To coincide with Earth Day, over 500 new city actions have been added to the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) portal, which was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. NAZCA, a UNFCCC-hosted website, showcases actions of non-state actors, including municipalities, regions and investors, and aims to help build momentum for a global climate agreement in Paris in December 2015. Currently, 400 cities, 71 subnational regions and 264 companies are taking 1514 climate-related actions listed on the NAZCA portal.

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World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings Address Climate Change, FfD and Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

spring_201520 April 2015: At their annual Spring Meetings, the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) addressed a range of issues, from climate change, financing for development (FfD) and the post-2015 development agenda, to the Ebola crisis, job creation, fiscal stability, and fragility and conflict. On the sidelines of the Spring Meetings, the Development Committee held its 91st meeting.

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ECOSOC Begins Meeting with BWIs on Post-2015, FfD [viewed]

ECOSOC20 April 2015: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) began its annual special high-level meeting with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), with a focus on the theme of ‘Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of financing for sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda.' The meeting brought representatives of the Bretton Woods Institutions (BWIs) together with UN Member States to discuss post-2015 development and the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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