Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Climate Research Conference Considers Human Impacts [viewed]

28 October 2011: The World Climate Research Programme's (WCRP) Open Science Conference brought together over 1900 scientists from 86 countries to share research on the impacts of rising temperatures on polar regions, glaciers, ice caps and the oceans.

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UN Launches Flash Appeals to Address Flooding in Central America [viewed]

28 October 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that the UN has launched two flash appeals to provide emergency assistance to the Central American countries of Nicaragua and El Salvador. Both countries are facing the highest rainfall in 50 years, due to Tropical Depression 12-E.

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IDB Paper Highlights Microfinance Potential to Support Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

October 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) published a brief, authored by María Elena Gutierrez and Xavier Mommens, which highlights the potential for microfinance to support climate change adaptation, as well as the risks that climate change imposes on microfinance schemes.

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ILRI-Backed Adaptation Insurance Programme Pays Herders in Kenya [viewed]

21 October 2011: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has reported that the first payments for the index-based livestock insurance programme piloted in Kenya's Marsabit District have been provided to 650 insured herders.

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South American Officials Stress Role of Forests in Combating Climate Change [viewed]

6 October 2011: Directors and high-level officials of the forests services of South American countries have agreed on the need for common and regional approaches to the challenges facing the continent's forests, in particular climate change.

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UNESCO Highlights Efforts to Build Island Resilience [viewed]

October 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report titled "Building Island Resilience," which provides an overview of the activities of the SIDS Platform, UNESCO's house-wide contribution to implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the further implementation (MSI) of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA) for the Sustainable Development of small island developing States (SIDS).

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UN/ISDR Urges Governments to Encourage DRR in Private Sector [viewed]

21 October 2011: In light of the current floods affecting eight million people across South East Asia, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has underscored the shortcomings of disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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Event: UNFCCC Workshop on Identification of Gaps and Challenges of Risk Management Approaches to the Adverse Effects of Climate Change [viewed]

This workshop is being organized in response to the request by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) that the Secretariat organize a workshop to identify gaps and challenges in the implementation of risk management approaches to the adverse effects of climate change, building on the lessons learned and practical experience of international, regional and national organizations and the private sector.  

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UNECA Holds First Climate Change and Development Conference in Africa [viewed]

19 October 2011: The First Climate Change and Development in Africa Conference convened under the theme "Development First: Addressing climate change in Africa." The event sought to address the need for greatly improved climate data and information for Africa, in addition to strengthening the use of this information for policy and decision making.

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Event: International Conference on Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

Co-hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a centre of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), this conference will provide a forum for leading international scientists and young researchers to present their latest research findings, exchange their research ideas, and share their experiences in the field of climate change and food security. Topics addressed by the conference will include: estimating trends in impacts of climate change on food security; managing climate variability and risk; accelerating adaptation to progressive climate change; and improving measurement and monitoring.  

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