Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

IOC Assesses Climate Vulnerability of South-West Indian Ocean Islands [viewed]

13 April 2012: The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) project on climate change adaptation, titled "Acclimate," has released five assessments of climate change vulnerability in the South-West Indian Ocean islands of the Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion (France) and the Seychelles. For each case, the reports provide qualitative assessments of climate vulnerability across various sectors including: integrated water management; fisheries; risk and disaster management; energy; food security; and security and sovereignty.

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UNISDR, Columbia University Convene Dialogue on Disaster-Resilient Society [viewed]

12 April 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), Columbia University, the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN, and the Urban Climate Change Research Network convened a dialogue titled “From Sendai to Rio - Cultivating a Disaster-Resilient Society for Sustainable Development,” which addressed the significance of building climate and disaster resilience in coastal cities.  

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UNGA Debates Incorporating DRR into Rio+20 Outcomes [viewed]

12 April 2012: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, recently held a thematic debate on disaster risk reduction (DRR) focused on: addressing urban risk through public investment; and increasing resilience to disasters through climate adaptation and risk reduction. Participants also attended a side-event on comprehensive action to sustainably reduce vulnerabilities.

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European Commission Outlines Response to the Sahel Food Crisis [viewed]

11 April 2012: Highlighting the ongoing humanitarian crisis caused by food insecurity in the Sahel region, which comprises Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, a European Commission press release outlines its efforts to provide humanitarian and development aid through mitigation and preparedness, emergency response, and recovery and resilience building.

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World Bank Publishes Brief on Climate-Proofing Development Programmes [viewed]

World BankApril 2012: The World Bank has published a six-page brief detailing the Bank's contribution to achieving synergies between development finance and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Latin American Local Leaders Discuss Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

4 April 2012: The sixth Latin-American Congress of Cities and Local Authorities convened under the theme of “Stronger local governments.” At the meeting, organized by the Latin American Federation of Cities, Municipalities and Associations of Local Governments (FLACMA) and hosted by the Chilean Association of Municipalities, participants discussed disaster risk reduction (DRR) in development planning.

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UN-Backed Report Highlights Role of Broadband in Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

2 April 2012: According to a new UN-backed report, the use of broadband in information and communication technology (ICT) can support a global transition to a low carbon-economy by mitigating, and adapting to, the effects of climate change.

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UNECE Supports Afghan-Tajik Cooperation on Water and Climate Change [viewed]

UNECE29 March 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) project on “Strengthening cooperation on hydrology and the environment between Afghanistan and Tajikistan in the upper Amu Darya River Basin” convened water and environment experts to discuss cooperation related to severe floods, vulnerable ecosystems and climate change impacts in the Amu Darya Basin.

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Event: UN General Assembly Thematic Debate on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

The preparatory process of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) has identified "disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience" as one of the emerging issues in the context of sustainable development. The 66th President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, is convening this debate on addressing disaster risk through public investment decisions. The objective is to support and advance the dialogue already underway on how best to integrate the DRR approach into the Rio+20 outcomes.  

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World Bank Adopts Country Partnership Strategy for Samoa [viewed]

World Bank30 March 2012: The World Bank has adopted Samoa's first Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for 2012-2016, which aims to strengthen resilience to climate change, disasters and economic shocks.

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