Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UNEP Executive Director Releases Op-Ed on Access to Data [viewed]

12 December 2011: Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, wrote an op-ed during the Eye on Earth Summit that seeks to strengthen existing efforts and inspire undertakings to find a solution to issues that prohibit universal data access. 

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Event: Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

The aim of the Fourth Session is to continue the momentum into a durable and sustained effort from all actors (governments, NGOs and civil society, international agencies and organizations, academic and technical institutions, and the private sector) to take shared responsibility in reducing risks and reinforcing resilience in our communities. Sunday, 19 May, will be reserved for a preparation day. Monday, 20 May, will be a day for innovative dialogue. The official agenda will be from 21-23 May. The Session will include an event focused on small island developing States (SIDS), addressing partnerships toward DRR for SIDS.  

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UNEP Launches iPhone App on Ecosystems and Climate Change [viewed]

13 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched an iPhone application intended to draw attention to the critical role played by ecosystems in tackling climate change. The Blue and REDD Carbon iPhone application was launched at the Eye on Earth Summit, which is convening in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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WMO, Norway Sign Agreement on Climate Services in Africa [viewed]

WMO9 December 2011: The Government of Norway has signed a grant agreement with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to strengthen climate services in Africa. The signing ceremony was held on the sidelines of the Durban Climate Change Conference.

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WFP and Italian Energy Company Launch Alternative Energy Partnership [viewed]

7 December 2011: A €8 million partnership between the World Food Programme (WFP) and Italian energy company Enel has been launched to address climate change and food security through the use of green stoves and solar panels.

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Adaptation Roundtable Highlights Need to Translate Science into Practical Action [viewed]

7 December 2011: Speaking at the "High-level Dialogue and Adaptation Roundtable: Global Sustainability in a Changing Climate," Margareta Wahlström, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Reduction and Head of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), stressed the need to “translate the best science on climate change into practical action."

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UNEP Releases Report on Women at the Frontline of Climate Change [viewed]

6 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) GRID Arendal has released a report titled “Women at the Frontline of Climate Change: Gender Risks and Hopes.” Released on the sidelines of the Durban Climate Change Conference, the report states that investing in low carbon, green technologies can strengthen climate change adaptation and improve women's livelihoods.

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UN/ISDR Releases Brief on Building Resilience in Africa [viewed]

December 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released a policy brief titled “Effective measures to build resilience in Africa to adapt to climate change.” The brief, issued during the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, builds on information provided by countries in progress reports on the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action.

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UNEP and Partners Release Report on Climate Change, Migration and Conflict in the Sahel [viewed]

6 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the United Nations University (UNU) and the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), has released a report titled “Livelihood Security: Climate Change, Migration and Conflict in the Sahel.” The project aimed to analyze the historical climate trends in the region, identify “hotspots” and determine the implications of climate change on natural resource-led livelihoods in the Sahel.

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UN/ISDR Announces Adoption of Climate Change Adaptation Charter for Local Government [viewed]

5 December 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced the adoption of the Durban Climate Change Adaptation Charter for Local Government. The Charter was agreed during the three-day Durban Local Government Convention, which took place from 2-4 December 2011, in Durban, South Africa.  

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