Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN Special Rapporteur: Climate Change Threatens Right to Food [viewed]

OHCHR3 November 2015: The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, has issued a press release warning that climate change poses "severe and distinct threats to food security," which, as argued in her interim report in August 2015 (A/70/287), could result in another 600 million people suffering from malnutrition by 2080.

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World Cities Day Highlights Role of Good Urban Design [viewed]

worldcitiesday31 October 2015: The UN marked World Cities Day under the theme, ‘Better City, Better Life,' with global celebrations at the Expo 2015 Milano in Milan, Italy and around the world. The Day aims to raise awareness of sustainable urbanization, including on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 on inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities.

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CCDA-V Delegates Consider Progress on UNFCCC Objectives, Africa's Role [viewed]

ccda-v30 October 2015: The 5th Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-V) concluded with delegates stressing that developing homegrown climate information and policy frameworks will be important for responding to Africa's needs and strengthening governance practices, and that domestic resource mobilization is necessary to scale up proven green development strategies and innovations.

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LEDS Paper Calls for Subnational Coordination [viewed]

LEDS26 October 2015: The Low Emissions Development Global Partnership (LEDS GP) Working Group on Subnational Integration (SNI-WG) has published a paper summarizing the group's activities over the past two years, focusing on the role of non-state actors to help achieve national and international development goals. The working paper, titled ‘The coordination and vertical integration of climate actions,' explains that while a range of actions by non-state actors contribute to filling the emissions gap, significant benefits can be gained by improving the coordination and vertical integration of subnational climate actions.

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Asia-Pacific Meeting Recognizes DRR as Integral to Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNESCAP30 October 2015: The fourth session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific's (ESCAP) Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) endorsed a set of recommendations and initiatives to enhance regional cooperation and make DRR an integral part of sustainable development in the region. Countries agreed to work together to: strengthen technical areas, such as drought monitoring and early warning; enhance the use of space applications; and promote risk-sensitive development strategies.

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October 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

adb_afdb_eib_ebdr_idb_cbd_wb_gcf_pmr_af_ifad_unepdtu_unfccc_un2 November 2015: During the month of October, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund and others reported on funding, project news and other climate-related finance developments. Multilateral development banks, environmental funds and UN entities also released studies, newsletters and reports on, inter alia, food security, access to finance, green bonds, black carbon and private sector climate finance.

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OHRLLS Event Addresses Resilience Building for Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

UNOHRLLS30 October 2015: Participants discussed how to enhance disaster mitigation and resilience building for the least developed countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS), during a side event of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial), organized by the UN Office of the High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS (OHRLLS).

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Pacific Island Countries Call for Targets and Indicators to Implement Sendai Framework [viewed]

UNISDR28 October 2015: The ‘2015 Pacific Regional Disaster Resilience Meeting,' which convened amid growing concerns that irregular climatic activities of El Niño are leading to severe weather events across the Pacific, recommended developing national and regional targets and indicators in order to successfully implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

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Commission Details Links between Environmental Degradation, Human Health [viewed]

the_economist_planetary_healthOctober 2015: The degradation of ecological systems and natural resources combined with unsustainable consumption and production are jeopardizing the health and well-being of future generations, according to a Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health report. The report establishes clear linkages between human health and changing environmental conditions, such as increased carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, ocean acidification and increased fertilizer use in agriculture, particularly in Africa.

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ESCAP Report Discusses Disaster Risk Management in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNESCAP27 October 2015: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has published a report addressing the critical issues and challenges of managing risks in the Asia-Pacific region, including: disaster resilience; emerging risks and sectors most at risk; cross-border disasters, such as earthquakes, droughts, tropical cyclones and floods; the status of early warning systems; gaps and how to address them; and cost-effective opportunities offered by innovative technologies, especially space applications.

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