Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

WMO Supports African Countries Forecast Hazardous Weather [viewed]

WMO21 November 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that a project aimed at helping meteorological services in developing countries to provide forecasts and warnings of hazardous weather is gaining momentum in Africa. The Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) has improved lead times and reliable alerts for heavy rain, severe winds and high waves, thus assisting in the protection of people and property, and supporting such sectors as farming, fishing and transportation.

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ICCG Best Climate Practices Winners Announced [viewed]

ICCG11 November 2014: The International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) has announced the 2014 Best Climate Practices Contest winners. Under this year's theme, ‘Energy Poverty Reduction,' a range of projects was submitted addressing the challenges of climate change and energy poverty. The awards were announced in two categories: the Experts' Choice Award and the Users' Choice Award.

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Samoa Launches Largest-Ever GEF LDC Fund Adaptation Project [viewed]

GEF UNDP7 November 2014: Samoa launched a US$12.3 million project on climate adaptation, the largest national project to be funded under the Least Development Countries Fund (LDCF) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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South East Europe to Improve Provision of Climate Services [viewed]

gfcs24 November 2014: A regional workshop in South East Europe (SEE) discussed pooling knowledge and expertise to improve the provision of user-friendly climate services in order to increase resilience against weather and climate extremes. Attendees included meteorologists, hydrologists, disaster, health, water and agricultural managers, as well as representatives of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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El Niño Conference Addresses Regional Processes and Impacts [viewed]

WMO14 November 2014: The Third International Conference on ENSO, which met under the theme ‘Bridging the Gaps between the Global ENSO Science and the Regional Processes, Extremes and Impacts,' aimed to review progress on the science of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and regional processes to improve the ENSO prediction and related regional impacts.

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IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Concludes with 'The Promise of Sydney' [viewed]

IUCN WPC 201420 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) 2014 has concluded in Sydney, Australia, with the release of ‘The Promise of Sydney' outcome. The outcome sets out an agenda for the protection of the earth's natural assets over the next decade, and positions protected areas (PAs) as effective and efficient solutions to some of the world's key development challenges.

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PrepCom Agrees to Open-ended Negotiations on Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR18 November 2014: The Second Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 2) for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) met to continue negotiations on the revision of the 'Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015) - Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters' (HFA). Negotiators ended the session by agreeing to hold open-ended negotiations on the first draft, based on proposals put forward during the two-day meeting and anticipated amendments to be submitted by 20 November 2014.

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G20 Addresses Growth, Energy, Climate Change, Trade and Ebola [viewed]

G20AUSTRALIA16 November 2014: Group of Twenty (G20) leaders have released a communiqué following the conclusion of the G20 Leaders Summit. The event drew approximately 4,000 delegates and 3,000 media representatives, and provided an opportunity for leaders to discuss global economic issues and use “their collective power to improve people's lives.” The communiqué outlines G20 policy discussions and commitments.

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UNGA Adopts Resolution on Samoa Pathway [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA14 November 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the 'SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway' (A/69/L.6), by consensus. The Samoa Pathway recognizes the adverse impacts of climate change and sea-level rise on SIDS' efforts to achieve sustainable development as well as to their survival and viability, and addresses economic development, food security, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ocean management, among other issues.

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Event: Third International Conference on El Niño [viewed]

This conference, which is meeting under the theme ‘Bridging the gaps between the global ENSO science and the regional processes, extremes and impacts,' aims to review progress on the science of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and regional processes to improve the prediction of ENSO and related regional impacts. This discussion will contribute to the development of decision-support frameworks for appropriate planning and response at the national and local levels. The conference will bring together scientists and experts involved in research, observations and operational climate services to provide a forum for efficiently linking science with societal needs. The outcomes will be used to support implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) and inform action to increase resilience to natural climate variability in the areas of agriculture and food security, disaster risk reduction, health and water. The conference is organized by the Centro Internacional para la Investigación del Fenómeno de El Niño, with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) as one of the co-sponsors.  

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