Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

December 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

December 2015 Climate Finance Update21 December 2015: During the month of December, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund and the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), among others, reported on new financing pledges and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and UN initiatives launched studies, reports and briefs on, inter alia, climate risks and resilience, and adaptation finance. A large number of climate finance-related side events were held during the UN Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.

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Korean Cities Agree to Hold Annual Forum on Sendai Framework [viewed]

unisdr_southkorea7 December 2015: An Annual Forum for Korean Cities was launched by 156 Korean municipalities in order to strengthen implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The decision to launch this initiative happened during a City Resilience Summit taking place at the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Global Education and Training Institute (GETI), in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

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Conference Addresses Climate Change Impacts on Indigenous Peoples [viewed]

indigenous201527 November 2015: The conference addressing 'Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change,' which convened in advance of the Paris Climate Change Conference, discussed indigenous peoples' knowledge of climate change, as well as their responses to its impacts.

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Legislators Summit Highlights Role in 2030 Agenda, DRR, Expected Paris Agreement [viewed]

globe_international5 December 2015: Legislators from around the world discussed their role in implementing, monitoring and enforcing the major agreements of 2015: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR); and the expected agreement from the Paris Climate Change Conference. The discussions took place at the Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE) COP 21 Legislators Summit.

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Coalition Announces US$80 Million for Climate Risk Early Warning Systems [viewed]

cop212 December 2015: A coalition of countries and international organizations including the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) launched the Climate Risk Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative, in order to: strengthen support for early warning systems in vulnerable countries; protect and shelter populations exposed to extreme climate events; and mobilize additional financing.

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Paris Pact on Water and Climate Change Adaptation, Other Commitments Announced [viewed]

unfccc_cop212 December 2015: National and local governments, river basin organizations, civil society and businesses announced the creation of coalitions and initiatives related to water and climate change at an event on ‘Water Resilience' under the Lima to Paris Action Agenda (LPAA), which is convening at the Paris Climate Change Conference. These initiatives include: the Paris Pact on Water and Adaptation, MegaCities Coalition on Water; Business Alliance for Water and Climate Change; Adaptation of the West African coastal areas; and Maritime Regions in Action against Climate Change.

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UN Secretary-General Launches Climate Resilience Initiative [viewed]

cop2130 November 2015: At the opening of the Paris Climate Change Conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the launch of an initiative to build the resilience of the world's most vulnerable populations against impacts of climate change and natural disasters. Led by the Ban in collaboration with 13 UN entities, the initiative will enhance vulnerable populations' capacities to anticipate hazards, absorb shocks and reshape development to reduce risks.

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APEC Ministers Commit to Implementing UN Goals, Address Energy Intensity [viewed]

apec19 November 2015: Ministers from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries affirmed their commitment to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development (AAAA) at the close of the 23rd APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting meeting. APEC leaders also adopted the APEC Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Framework to facilitate international cooperation cooperation on DRR.

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FoodSECuRE Facility to Build Community Resilience to Climate Change [viewed]

wfp_iriNovember 2015: The Food Security Climate Resilience (FoodSECuRE) Facility, an initiative of the World Food Programme (WFP), aims to secure US$400 million to enable governments to quickly unlock funding to scale up food and nutrition responses as well as disaster risk reduction activities before climate disasters occur. The WFP and its partner, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), have launched activities in five countries, with fast-tracked implementation in Zimbabwe and Guatemala to respond to El Niño.

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UNICEF Report Examines Climate Change Impacts on Children [viewed]

unless_we_actNovember 2015: Climate change is perhaps the greatest threat facing the world's children and their children, declares a report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). ‘Unless We Act Now: The impact of climate change on children' cautions that climate change has the potential to undermine gains in child survival, nutrition and development and proposes concrete steps to protect children from climate-related impacts.

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