Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications Launches DRR Initiatives [viewed]

ITU logo28 January 2016: Information and communication technology (ICT) experts are working to harness the power of telecommunications to both prevent and mitigate the impacts of natural disasters. Gathered for the second 'Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications (GET-2016): Saving Lives,' an international event focusing on the intersection of emergency telecommunications and climate change mitigation and adaptation, 500 participants from 90 countries adopted two global ICT initiatives aimed at enhancing disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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Japan, CARICOM, UNDP Support Climate Change Efforts in the Caribbean [viewed]

japancaricomundp28 January 2015: The Government of Japan, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a US$15 million Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change in line with their long-term development strategies.

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UNDP Executive Board Reviews 2015 Work, Highlights Opportunities for SDG Implementation in 2016 [viewed]

UNDP25 January 2016: The year 2016 offers a "huge opportunity to make real progress" on the inter-linked agendas of climate change, sustainable development and disaster risk reduction (DRR), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Executive Board recognized at its first meeting since the commencement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Board discussed the 'Report of the Executive Board on its work during 2015' (E/2015/35), and emphasized 2016 as a crucial year for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Second Committee Considers Road Map on Working Methods [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial26 January 2016: UN Member States considered a proposed road map for informal consultations on “revitalization” of the work of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial). Angrej Logar, Permanent Representative of Slovenia and Chair of the Second Committee, presented the proposal, which addresses the Committee's role in guiding and supporting implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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WHO Predicts Increased Global Health Impacts Due to El Niño [viewed]

WHO22 January 2016: Severe drought, flooding, heavy rains and temperature rises are all known El Niño effects that can lead to food insecurity and malnutrition, disease outbreaks, water shortages and disruption of health services, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report indicates that the current 2015-2016 El Niño is predicted to be the worst in recent years and comparable to the 1997-1998 El Niño, which had major health consequences. WHO warns that the health implications of the 2015-2016 El Niño are expected to be more intense in developing countries, which have less capacity to reduce such impacts.

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Event: UNDP 50th Anniversary Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

An event to mark the 50th anniversary of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) founding will bring together ministers from around the world and UN partners to discuss how to translate the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into concrete actions and results. The event will include plenary and thematic sessions on: eradicating poverty and leaving no one behind; protecting the planet and sustainable development; ending violence and building peace; and managing risk and building resilience to climate change. Participating ministers will share their vision for how UNDP can contribute to countries' efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event is expected to identify key roles for UNDP to assist countries in implementation and monitoring. UNDP will use the meeting recommendations to guide its future work.  

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WMO, NOAA: 2015 the Warmest on Record by the Widest Margin [viewed]

wmo-noaa25 January 2016: According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the global average temperature over land and ocean for 2015 was the highest since record keeping began. The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for December was the highest for any month recorded, and 2011-2015 was the warmest five-year period on record.

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France, Morocco Event Examines Mobilization from COP 21 to COP 22 [viewed]

france-moro_cop2119 January 2016: At an event hosted by the Permanent Missions of France and Morocco to the UN in Geneva, international organizations headquartered in the Swiss city heard about the outcomes of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC and ways the Paris Agreement will impact their activities. Titled 'From COP 21 to COP 22: International Geneva's Mobilization Continues,' the event also featured remarks from the incoming Moroccan Presidency on its approach to COP 22.

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UNSG: 2016 Must See National Traction on SDGs, “Put the Last First” [viewed]

ban_ki_moon14 January 2016: “We begin 2016 needing to get our priorities right,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in an informal briefing to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). He noted the heavy responsibility resting on “Year One” of the UN's new development agenda, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This is also the last year of Ban's tenure as Secretary-General.

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UN Secretary-General, Global Compact Call on Business to Advance Global Agreements [viewed]

Global Compact14 January 2016: The UN Global Compact (UNGC) Board underscored the role of the private sector and partnerships in advancing global challenges, particularly related to the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Members expressed broad recognition that partnerships are essential for leveraging resources and expertise, and reaching solutions faster and more effectively, according to the Compact's press release.

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