Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Oceans Day at Durban Forwards Statement to COP 17 [viewed]

3 December 2011: Oceans Day took place on 3 December 2011, at the Rio Conventions Pavilion, on the sidelines of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban, South Africa. The one-day meeting was organized in seven sessions, addressing: oceans and coasts at the UNFCCC and at Rio+20; climate change and African fisheries; evidence of climate change from the large marine ecosystems (LMEs); progress on major oceans and climate issues; oceans and climate issues in small island developing States (SIDS); capacity building and public education; and mobilizing for action on oceans and climate.

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UN/ISDR Awards Austrian Province with Role Model Status for Community Risk Assessments [viewed]

29 November 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that it has awarded Tyrol, Austria, with role model status for its activities in community-based risk assessment.

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WMO: 2011 is 10th Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

WMO29 November 2011: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released highlights of the provisional annual WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate. 

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OECD Paper Assesses Private Sector Engagement in Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

25 November 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper titled "Private Sector Engagement in Adaptation to Climate Change: Approaches to Managing Climate Risks." The paper notes that, while there is a high level of awareness among companies of the broad range of risks posed by climate change, not all perceive their businesses as vulnerable, and a gap exists between the risk assessments companies have performed and their implementation of risk management actions.

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UN Security Council Debates Climate Change as Threat to Peace and Security [viewed]

UN Security Council23 November 2011: Addressing the UN Security Council debate on international peace and security, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cited organized crime, pandemics and the effects of climate change as "daunting challenges" to the maintenance of international peace and security.

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UNCTAD Report Discusses Adaptation and Mitigation Challenges for Maritime Transport [viewed]

Review of Maritime Transport 201123 November 2011: The 2011 Review of Maritime Transport, published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) highlights challenges of adapting maritime transport to the impacts of climate change, primarily sea-level rise, and provides an update on the development of measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from maritime transport.

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UNFCCC Publishes Latest Newsletter Before Durban [viewed]

UNFCCC News - Issue 2823 November 2011: Focusing on the upcoming Durban Climate Change Conference, the latest edition of the UNFCCC newsletter includes video messages from UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, and from the President of Republic of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.

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UNGA Second Committee Approves Draft Resolutions on Climate Change, Mountain Development [viewed]

UN logo22 November 2011: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted without a vote 12 draft resolutions addressing, inter alia, the protection of global climate and sustainable mountain development.

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UN/ISDR Awards Swedish City Role Model Status for Flood Protection [viewed]

UN/ISDR Awards Swedish City Role Model Status for Flood Protection22 November 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has awarded the municipality of Kristianstad, Sweden, with role model status for its efforts in flood protection. A city is designated by UN/ISDR as a role model when it demonstrates good practices in building resilience and safety in at least five out of the Ten Essentials of the "Making My City Resilient" campaign.

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GEF SGP and Australian Aid Launch CBA Project for SIDS [viewed]

SGP21 November 2011: The Global Environment Facility's Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) held a three-day workshop for National Coordinators of small island developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean to launch the implementation of its SIDS Community-Based Adaptation project.

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