Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

ECLAC Assesses Impact of Tropical Depression 12-E [viewed]

4 May 2012: The subregional headquarters for Mexico and Central America of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has issued an assessment of the impact of Tropical Depression 12-E on Central America. The assessment includes, at the behest of Central American Heads of State, some reflections on the regional policy implications of tropical storms that appear to be increasing in frequency and severity due to climate change.

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UNDP Announces Winners of Asia Pacific Cartoon Contest on Climate Change [viewed]

UNDP18 April 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Asia-Pacific Regional Centre and the Government of France co-organized a cartoon contest to support advocacy that brings people to the centre of climate change and human development debates. The contest encouraged people from Asia-Pacific developing countries to portray issues of concern related to climate change in the region from a people's perspective.

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WSIS Forum Considers Role of ICTs in Achieving the MDGs [viewed]

18 May 2012: The 2012 World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS Forum 2012) was held to provide a platform for discussions of how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can address global challenges, such as climate change, and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Fourth Africa Water Week Focuses on Water for Growth [viewed]

18 May 2012: The fourth Africa Water Week was organized around the theme “Water for Growth in Africa,” and aimed to identify ways to reinforce and build on progress made to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets on water and sanitation, as well as Africa Water Vision 2025. The conference also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW).

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World Bank Supports Modernization of Mexico's Meteorological Service [viewed]

World Bank17 May 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$105.26 million loan to strengthen Mexico's National Meteorological Service, allowing for it to respond to climate change-induced weather events by improving water and disaster risk management.

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AfDB, FAO to Increase Drought Resilience in the Horn of Africa [viewed]

AfDB16 May 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) is launching a joint regional programme with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) aimed at increasing drought resilience and improving sustainable livelihoods in the Greater Horn of Africa.

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UNFCCC Releases Report of Expert Meeting on Loss and Damage [viewed]

11 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the expert meeting on assessing the risk of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change (FCCC/SBI/2012/INF.3). The meeting took place in Tokyo, Japan, from 26-28 March 2012.

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FAO Documents Adaptation Interventions in Mozambique [viewed]

FAOMay 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a report that details its role as coordinator of the largest component of a UN Joint Programme (UNJP) that builds the resilience of community and ecosystems to climate change and diversification of livelihood options in Mozambique. The programme was initiated based on the recognition that Southern Africa is one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change, including droughts, floods, and rainfall variability.

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IOM Workshop Focuses on Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Migration Nexus [viewed]

May 2012: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has published the proceedings of a workshop on "Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Migration," which was held within the framework of IOM's annual International Dialogue on Migration.

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Central America Discusses Mainstreaming Gender into Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management Policy [viewed]

20 April 2012: Several institutions of the Central American Integration System (SICA) have co-hosted a Central American Workshop on Gender, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, to prepare a regional roadmap for policies tackling the linkages among gender, climate change and disaster risk management. 

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