Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

WMO Workshop Expores Urban Early Warning Systems in Central America [viewed]

WMO13 December 2013: A workshop on Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (MHEWS) for Urban Areas in Central America explored the challenges, gaps, needs and opportunities for strengthening EWS and climate resilience in large and medium-sized cities in Central America.

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UNEP Atlas Shows Rapid Environmental Change in Arab Region [viewed]

UNEP10 December 2013 : A report, released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), and supported by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), indicates that the pace of environmental change in the Arab region may be faster than in the rest of the world due to growing populations and increasing environmental pressures.

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UNESCAP Announces New Regional Mechanism on Drought [viewed]

UNESCAP29 November 2013: The Third Session of the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) has concluded with a call on the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) to facilitate regional cooperation to harness technological advances for resilient, inclusive and sustainable development. In response, ESCAP's Regional Space Applications Programme for Sustainable Development (RESAP) announced the development and operationalization of a new regional mechanism on drought.

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ADB, DFID and Rockefeller Foundation Launch Urban Climate Proofing Project [viewed]

ADB29 November 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Rockefeller Foundation launched ‘Managing Climate Risks for the Urban Poor,' a programme to help secondary cities in Asia address climate change impacts.

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Event: Resilient Cities 2014: Fifth Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation [viewed]

Also known as 'Resilient Cities 2014,' this Forum is organized by ICLEI– Local Governments for Sustainability and the World Mayors Council on Climate Change, and co-sponsored by UN-HABITAT, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The event will focus on: risk data and analysis; adaptation planning and policy; comprehensive adaptation approaches; collaborative and community-based adaptation; resilient infrastructure and city-region support systems; and governance and capacity building.  

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World Bank, WMO Call for Improved Weather and Climate Forecasting [viewed]

worldbank-wmo27 November 2013: A World Bank report, titled 'Weather and Climate Resilience: Effective Preparedness through National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs),' urges countries to modernize and invest in well-equipped and fully staffed meteorological and hydrological agencies to better prepare for natural hazards, which could save an average of 23,000 lives annually and provide up to US$30 billion a year in economic benefits.

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ADB Assesses Economic Losses from Climate Change in the Pacific [viewed]

ADB26 November 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report, titled ‘Economics of Climate Change in the Pacific,' which estimates the total climate change cost in the Pacific to range from 2.9% to 12.7% of annual GDP by 2100.

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Warsaw Conference Adopts Decisions on ADP, REDD+, and Loss and Damage [viewed]

warsaw-closing-plenary23 November 2013: Negotiations during the Warsaw Climate Change Conference focused on the implementation of agreements reached at previous meetings, including pursuing the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action.

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UNESCO Panel Recognizes Critical Role of Mountain Regions in Water Security [viewed]

Unesco14 November 2013: Water resources in mountainous areas play a critical role in agriculture, biodiversity, hydroelectricity and water supply, according to a High Level Panel Session organized during the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) 37th General Conference. The panel, titled ‘Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Adaptation Policies in Mountainous Regions,' recognized the high sensitivity of mountains to climate change and discussed strategies for coping with climate change impacts on water resources in mountainous areas.

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Climate Services Adaptation Programme Aims to Increase Resilience in Africa [viewed]

WMO21 November 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) partnered with research groups, UN agencies and humanitarian organizations to launch the Climate Services Adaptation Programme in Africa in an effort to increase the resilience of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of weather and climate-related events.

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