Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Event: Expert Meeting on a Range of Approaches to Address Loss and Damage [viewed]

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has organized a series of regional expert meetings to address issues related to a range of approaches to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change, including impacts related to extreme weather events and slow-onset events. The experts at the meetings consider: approaches and tools for assessing risk; lessons learned from current efforts in the public and private sectors; design of comprehensive risk management portfolios or toolkits; and tailoring approaches and tools to national contexts.  

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UN Secretary-General Report Reviews Progress on Implementing Habitat II Outcomes [viewed]

UN-HABITATAugust 2012: The UN Secretary-General's report on progress made in implementation of the Habitat II conference outcomes recommends preparations towards a third UN conference on housing and sustainable urban development (Habitat III) in 2016, calling for this to be a high-level conference or world summit focusing on the theme of sustainable cities.

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UNHCR Meeting Features Launch of Nansen Initiative to Protect People Displaced by Natural Disasters [viewed]

2 October: At the opening of the 63rd Session of its Executive Committee, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres highlighted the launch of the Nansen Initiative to protect people displaced by natural disasters, including those caused by climate change, and warned that the organization currently faces unmatched levels of humanitarian crises.

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DSD Report Examines Climate Change Adaptation in Grenada [viewed]

September 2012: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) has released a report examining adaptation to climate change in sectors including water resources, coastal ecosystems and renewable energy. While this report focuses on Grenada, the broader project, “Integrating Climate Change into National Sustainable Development Strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean,” addresses primary concerns of small island developing States (SIDS). 

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Working Group Established to Review National Platforms on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

2 October 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced the establishment of a working group to review the 81 National Platforms on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) created under the Hyogo Framework for Action. The aim of the review is to identify the essential ingredients for a successful National Platform and provide guidance on the ideal mix of stakeholders.

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ADB Announces Support for Climate Resilience Activities in Bangladesh [viewed]

ADB1 October 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and its partners are cooperating to provide financial support to the Government of Bangladesh to improve the country's resilience to the impacts of climate change.

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UN Publications Highlight Role of Equity, Other Measures in City Prosperity and Disaster Resilience [viewed]

28 September 2012: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) released its report on the “State of the World's Cities 2012/2013: The Prosperity of Cities” in tandem with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction's report on “Making Cities Resilient 2012.” 

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Leaders Express Hope for Climate Action at UNFCCC COP18 [viewed]

1 October 2012: On the final day of the High-level Debate of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), world leaders called for urgent action to address climate change while expressing hope for progress at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC, taking place in November-December this year.

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UNW-DPAC Publishes Review of UN Publications on Water [viewed]

September 2012: The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) published its bimonthly publications review, highlighting UN publications on water from June, July and August that address a variety of issues, including green accounting and sustainable development, water and food security, and water security.

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UNDP Publication Stresses Gender Equality and Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNDP27 September 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a publication, titled “Powerful Synergies: Gender Equality, Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability,” which provides evidence from scholars and practitioners on how gender equality in access and control over resources ensures environmental sustainability and improves lives.

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