Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

WMO's Voluntary Cooperation Programme Reports on 2012 Activities [viewed]

WMO25 February 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has issued the January-December 2012 newsletter from its Voluntary Cooperation Programme (VCP) and Development and Regional Activities Department. The publication details, among other activities, new funding agreements to support climate service systems in West Africa, Haiti, Peru and Ethiopia, and summarizes the outcomes of past partnerships, including on drafting meteorology bills, installing automatic weather stations and updating a meteorological service strategic plan.

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UNEP GEAS Calls for Early Warning Systems for Dust Storms [viewed]

20 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS) has published the February 2013 issue of its bulletin, which focuses on harmful substances, hazardous waste, and ecosystem management. The newsletter addresses the potential environmental damage caused by dust storms, stressing the need to put in place effective early warning systems.

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UNESCO Launches Online Climate Change Course for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNESCO20 February 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the launch of an online Course for Secondary Teachers on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development (CCESD). The training kit, which features a series of six-day programmes, is designed to support secondary teachers in helping young people understand the causes and consequences of climate change.

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UNITAR, IGAD Partner to Improve Disaster Reduction in East Africa [viewed]

15 February 2013: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), through its Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAP), has partnered with East Africa's Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to promote the use of geospatial technologies to improve disaster reduction in East Africa.

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UNESCAP, UNITAR to Collaborate on Satellite Imagery for Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

18 February 2013: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), through its Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT), will cooperate to provide more comprehensive satellite imagery to Asia-Pacific countries to improve disaster risk management.

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ClimDev-Africa Becomes Operational Further to ACP's Grant [viewed]

19 February 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has reported that the ACP (Africa-Caribbean-Pacific) Group of States has granted €20 million to the special fund for the Climate for Development in Africa Programme (ClimDev-Africa). The grant will enable ClimDev-Africa to become operational.

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UN Secretary-General Warns Against the “Gathering Threat of Climate Change” [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General11 February 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered the Sorensen Distinguished Lecture on the UN at the Council on Foreign Relations, focusing on the crisis in Syria and the "threat of climate catastrophe." He noted that science has "long sounded the alarm" on “the gathering threat of climate change,” warning against projected increases of extreme weather events, development reversals, forced displacements, and tensions over resources.

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Adaptation Fund Calls for Public Comments on Project Proposals [viewed]

Adaptation Fund11 February 2013: The Adaptation Fund has released a call for public comments as seven projects and concept proposals are presently under review. The Adaptation Fund Board secretariat welcomes comments while the proposals are under technical review and screening by the Adaptation Fund. 

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FAO, OECD Releases Workshop Report on Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

February 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have released the proceedings from their joint workshop on Building Resilience for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Agriculture Sector, which was held from 23-24 April 2012, in Rome, Italy.

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ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee Considers Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

6 February 2013: The 45th session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)/World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Typhoon Committee considered, inter alia, urban flood risk management, cyclone renaming, severe weather forecasting, an assessment report on the influence of climate change on tropical cyclones.

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