Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Guest Article #72: Placing Small Scale Adaptation Solutions within the Climate Change Discourse in Africa [viewed]

The changing climate is no longer an abstract issue, and the realities of its impacts are being felt in the African continent. Climate change is affecting millions of people, and thwarting their efforts to escape poverty. Against this harsh reality, it will be imperative to speed up the integration of climate risk considerations into policy, in order to ensure that development proceeds along pathways that are resilient to climate change.

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Davos Forum Debates Adaptation to Climate Risk [viewed]

26 January 2012: Participating in a session on Adapting to Climate Risk, held at the annual World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, UK, noted that the world is heading towards a 3°C increase in global average temperature, and warned that this situation "will bring temperatures not seen for three million years, with unforeseeable consequences."

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UNFCCC Launches Database of Private Sector-Led Adaptation Activities [viewed]

26 January 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched the Adaptation Private Sector Initiative database, a new online tool that showcases how businesses and communities can adapt to the inevitable effects of climate change. It features good practices and profitable climate change adaptation activities being undertaken by private companies (sometimes in partnership with NGOs or the public sector) from a wide range of regions and sectors.

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UN/ISDR Highlights Caribbean Efforts Towards Carbon Neutrality [viewed]

25 January 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has reported on the work carried out by several Caribbean islands with the Carbon Neutral Tourist Program, which aims to transform the Caribbean region into a carbon neutral destination.  

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UN Secretary-General Outlines "The Future We Want" [viewed]

25 January 2012: In a statement titled, “The Future We Want” delivered at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined his plans for action over the next five years. He underscored sustainable development as first in his list of “five generational opportunities to creatively deliver on our core mission." His vision for advancing on sustainable development includes making progress on climate change, sustainable energy, and empowerment of women.

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UN Special Rapporteur Calls for International Food Assistance to the Sahel [viewed]

24 January 2012: The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier De Schutter has warned that drought, poor harvests and rising food prices pose an imminent threat to the countries of the Sahel region, and he called for an immediate international response.

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IFAD Supports Malawi's Efforts to Improve Food Security [viewed]

24 January 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed a loan worth US$22.85 million and a grant for US$22.85 to Malawi to address food security and poverty in six rural districts.

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UN/ISDR Stresses Importance of DRR Following Thailand Floods [viewed]

23 January 2011: Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), met with Thai officials to discuss new government proposals on risk management and urged government support for business and community disaster risk management plans.

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IFAD Supports Chinese Smallholder Farmers in Preparing for Climate Change [viewed]

20 January 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has announced a US$47 million loan to China to enhance the livelihoods of rural men and women through the Guangxi Integrated Agricultural Development Project.

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Event: World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 [viewed]

The World Radiocommunication Conference is organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to review and revise the Radio Regulations, which is the international treaty governing the use of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits. The Conference will focus on, among other things, the changes required to the regulation of orbit/spectrum resources in the interest of the users of these scarce resources. Issues to be addressed will include the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to combat climate change and mitigate its effects, as well as to predict natural disasters and facilitate relief efforts.  

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