Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UNESCO and Partners Highlight Value of Blue Carbon Initiatives [viewed]

UNESCO IOC26 April 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IOC), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Conservation International (CI) organized a side event on the margins of the second round of "informal-informal" consultations on the zero draft of the outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), to sensitize UN delegates of the potential value of national investment in coastal ecosystem conservation through blue carbon initiatives, as mean to ensure to long term sustainability of coastal areas and green economic development while mitigating climate change.

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World Bank Supports Green Growth, Disaster Risk Management in Brazilian State [viewed]

World Bank1 May 2012: The World Bank approved a US$480 million loan to the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, to support a series of green growth projects in areas such as private sector development, public transport systems, education, and disaster risk management.

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FAO, NEPAD Partnership to Boost Fisheries Development in Africa [viewed]

NEPAD-FAO25 April 2012: The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have implemented a collaborative partnership to boost fisheries development in Africa, in support of regional efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Guest Article #76: Indian Ocean Islands Call on Rio+20 to Focus on Climate Change [viewed]

“Islands are the barometers of international environmental policies. The entire world will first witness their success or their failure on our islands.” These words, of James Michel, the President of Seychelles, deserve to be spoken out loud as delegates from small island developing States (SIDS) gear up to defend their interests at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UNCCD Announces Brief on Zero Net Land Degradation Goal [viewed]

4 May 2012: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released the executive summary of a forthcoming policy brief titled “A Sustainable Development Goal for Rio+20: Zero Net Land Degradation.”

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European Environment Agency Models Predict Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

3 May 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a series of maps produced using Eye on Earth, which predict climate change impacts in Europe through 2100. Based on projections from the ENSEMBLES project, Europe will be, on average, 1.5°C warmer from 2021-2050 than it was from 1960-1990, and the temperature increase will average 3°C between 2071-2100, with the highest warming in Eastern Scandinavia, and South and South-East Europe.

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Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories Council to Focus on Sustainable Development [viewed]

27 April 2012: High-level political representatives from ten Caribbean islands have formed the Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) Council, which will focus on sustainable development, including work on climate change and renewable energy, in its cooperation with the EU.

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Event: Dakar: Managing the Regional Risks of Climate Extremes and Disasters – Learning from the IPCC Special Report [viewed]

This event is part of a series of briefings that will seek to publicize the findings of the IPCC Special Report SREX to policy makers, practitioners and private sector audiences. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) prepared a Special Report titled "Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters for Advancing Climate Change Adaptation" (SREX), and launched the report's Summary for Policy Makers on 18 November 2011, with the full report released in hard copy in March 2012. To follow up on this report, the IPCC, the Overseas Development Institute, Norway's Climate and Pollution Agency, Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network are working with local counterparts to support a programme of regional outreach events. This event in Dakar, Senegal, is invitation only. Speakers will include IPCC authors and invited guests from the West African region.  

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Event: Addis Ababa: Managing the Regional Risks of Climate Extremes and Disasters – Learning from the IPCC Special Report [viewed]

This event is part of a series of briefings that will seek to publicize the findings of the IPCC Special Report SREX to policy makers, practitioners and private sector audiences. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) prepared a Special Report titled "Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters for Advancing Climate Change Adaptation" (SREX), and launched the report's Summary for Policy Makers on 18 November 2011, with the full report released in hard copy in March 2012. To follow up on this report, the IPCC, the Overseas Development Institute, Norway's Climate and Pollution Agency, Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network are working with local counterparts to support a programme of regional outreach events. This event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is invitation only. Speakers will include IPCC authors and invited guests from the East African region.  

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ADB Seminar Calls for Increased Investment in Urban Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

ADB2 May 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted a seminar titled "Vulnerable cities: Waking up to the need for urban disaster risk management," which outlined ways to build resilient local government units that integrate community participation into decision making, improve construction practices and funding, and better prepare communities for climate change impacts.

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