Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Africa Day Focuses on Agriculture and Climate Change [viewed]

africa-days-event19 November 2013: Africa Day, a full-day event held on the margins of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, brought together African leaders, scientists and other stakeholders to discuss climate change and agricultural development on the continent. Presented by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Union Commission (AUC), and the African Development Bank (AfDB), the event aimed to reach African development partners as well as negotiators from other regions.

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UNEP's 'Africa Adaptation Gap' Report Estimates Costs in Face of 'Emissions Gap' [viewed]

UNEP19 November 2013: A report released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reviews the financial and environmental costs that Africa will face if governments fail to close the ‘emissions gap' needed to keep warming below 2°C. The report, titled 'Africa's Adaptation Gap: Technical Report,' confirms the assessment of the World Bank's November 2012 report,  titled 'Turn Down the Heat,' that there is a 40 per cent chance global temperature will increase by 3.5-4°C if mitigation efforts are not stepped up.

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Climate Change and Mountains Highlighted at Landscapes Forum [viewed]

Mountain Partnership16 November 2013: During the Global Landscapes Forum, which convened from 16-17 November 2013, on the sidelines of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, participants in a 'Building Climate Change Resilience in Mountains' group discussed the specific challenges climate change poses to mountain communities.

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UN Leaders Discuss UN Role in Catalyzing Climate Action [viewed]

un-leaders-discuss-un-role19 November 2013: The UN organized a discussion on the 'UN System as a Catalyst for Climate Action: Promoting Sustainable Low-Carbon Development' as a side-event during the Warsaw Climate Change Conference.

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WHO Guidance on Health Adaptation Planning Released [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)19 November 2013: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a document on guidance to protect health from climate change through health adaptation planning to support the integration of health adaptation planning in national adaptation plans (NAPs).

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Development and Climate Days Discuss Innovative, Climate-Smart Development [viewed]

dcdays17 November 2013: Development and Climate Days (D&C Days) took place from 16-17 November 2013, in Warsaw, Poland, on the sidelines of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UNFCCC. The days focused on the theme, “Innovative approaches, inclusive dialogue for climate-smart development.”

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CCAFS Assesses Challenges in National Adaptation Planning in the Agriculture Sector [viewed]

CCAFS15 November 2013: Underscoring the vulnerability and need for adaptation in the agriculture sector, the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Programme (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) released an overview of progress on the development of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) from twelve countries in West and East Africa and South Asia, with a particular focus on agriculture and food security.

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UNOSAT Bangkok Office Will Facilitate DRR Work [viewed]

bangkok-office14 November 2013: The UN Institute for Training and Research's (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) has opened an office in Bangkok, Thailand, following up on a partnership agreement between UNITAR and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) to collaborate on disaster management, capacity development and satellite applications.

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WMO Releases Provisional Statement on Status of Climate 2013 [viewed]

WMO13 November 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its provisional statement on the 'Status of the Global Climate 2013,' which confirms that 2013 is currently on track to be among the top ten warmest years on record, and that global sea level reached a new record high due, in part, to melting ice caps and glaciers.

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Side Event in Warsaw Discusses Education and Public Awareness [viewed]

education-and-public-awarness16 November 2013: The UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness moderated a side event on addressing climate change through education and training. The event consisted of a joint panel representing fourteen different organizations, who highlighted the importance of education and training and the key role young people are playing in advancing knowledge on mitigating and adapting to climate change.

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