Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

GEF SGP and Australian Aid Launch CBA Project for SIDS [viewed]

SGP21 November 2011: The Global Environment Facility's Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) held a three-day workshop for National Coordinators of small island developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean to launch the implementation of its SIDS Community-Based Adaptation project.

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UN Recognizes Indonesian President as DRR Champion [viewed]

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia (photo courtesy of the UN)18 November 2011: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has recognized the Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, as the first UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) global champion of disaster risk reduction (DRR). This appointment was officially made at the 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, which convened in Bali, Indonesia, from 17-19 November 2011.

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World Bank Finances Improved Agricultural Resilience in Uruguay [viewed]

World Bank17 November 2011: The World Bank has approved a US$49 million loan to Uruguay to support the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Climate Change Project, a system of more environmentally-sustainable farming practices to adapt agricultural production to the effects of climate change.

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Caribbean Workshop Focuses on Improving Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

Caribbean Workshop Focuses on Improving Disaster Risk Management16 November 2011: The Government of Grenada, financed by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the World Bank, with technical support from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), organized an information sharing workshop to discuss the problems and solutions of sharing geospatial data to improve disaster risk management in the Caribbean.

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UN, ASEAN Conclude Joint Declaration on Climate, Economy, Energy, Food and Disaster Cooperation [viewed]

UN, ASEAN Conclude Joint Declaration on Climate, Energy, Food and Disaster Cooperation19 November 2011: The UN Secretariat and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have concluded a Joint Declaration on a Comprehensive Partnership on the occasion of the fourth ASEAN-UN Summit, held on 19 November 2011 in Bali, Indonesia.

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Climate Change and Food Security in West and North Africa Conference Adopts Kuwait Declaration [viewed]

WMO18 November 2011: The International Conference on Adaptation to Climate Change and Food Security in West and North Africa addressed concerns over the sustainability of agriculture production systems in the region, noting the importance of agriculture for local livelihoods and the poor, as well as concerns over water scarcity.

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IPCC 34 Focuses on Workstreams, Accepts SREX Summary [viewed]

The view from the aisle during the opening of the session, with IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri addressing the plenary.19 November 2011: The 34th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) focused primarily on the workstreams resulting from the consideration of the InterAcademy Council (IAC) Review of the IPCC processes and procedures, namely those on procedures, conflict of interest policy, and communications strategy.

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Benin Hosts CC:Learn Workshop on Climate Change Learning and Skills Development [viewed]

Benin Hosts CC:Learn Workshop on Climate Change Learning and Skills Development14 November 2011: The UN CC:Learn pilot project titled “Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change” commenced with a National Planning Workshop in Benin.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Second Climate Vulnerable Forum [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General14 November 2011: The second Climate Vulnerable Forum Ministerial-level Meeting was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 14 November 2011, following a senior officers-level meeting on 13 November 2011. The meeting gathered countries that are most vulnerable to climate change with a view to speaking with one voice to press for external support in the areas of adaptation, capacity building and technology transfer.

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IPCC Releases Summary of Special Report on Disasters [viewed]

IPCC18 November 2011: Member governments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) approved the Summary for Policymakers of the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX), which was prepared by IPCC Working Groups I and II.

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