Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UNGA High-level Debate Calls for Increased Action on Climate Change [viewed]

27 September 2012: World leaders speaking during the third day of the High-level Debate of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) have highlighted the need for urgent action on climate change and called for greater commitment to climate change mitigation and adaptation. 

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UNGA High-level Debate Recognizes Climate Change Effects on Vulnerable States [viewed]

26 September 2012: During the second day of the High-level Debate of the 67th session UN General Assembly (UNGA), several speakers expressed commitments to address climate change. Others expressed concerns about the effects of climate change on vulnerable States and highlighted the potential for climate change to contribute to conflicts.

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UNFCCC, Rockefeller Foundation to Highlight Women's Role in Addressing Climate Challenges [viewed]

26 September 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced receipt of a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to launch an initiative highlighting the role of women in responding to climate change, called “Momentum for Change: Women for Results.”

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Pacific SIDS Commit to Develop an Integrated Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

25 September 2012: The 4th session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management was convened by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), in partnership with the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). The meeting was held alongside the Pacific Regional Water and Sanitation Consultations (RWSC) from 17-21 September 2012, in Noumea, New Caledonia.

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IFAD Loan Contributes to Resilient Rural Development in China [viewed]

24 September 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is providing a loan of $46 million and grant of $1 million to the Chinese Government to support the Hunan Agricultural Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project.

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ACPC Holds Workshop on Meteorological Data in Ethiopia [viewed]

21 September 2012: The African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) held the first of a planned series of workshops on meteorological data in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 20-21 September 2012, with future workshops planned for four other African countries.

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UN Secretary-General Releases Annual Report [viewed]

September 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released his annual report on the work of the Organization. The report includes nine sections and highlights Ban's five-year Action Agenda, which identifies opportunities for joint action. The section on promotion of sustained economic growth and sustainable development discusses: the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20); climate change; Sustainable Energy For All (SE4ALL); and the global jobs crisis.

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UN-HABITAT Launches “Urban Planning for City Leaders” Guide [viewed]

20 September 2012: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has launched a guide titled “Urban Planning for City Leaders” at an inaugural conference with the same name, held in London, UK. The guide aims to support urban planning good practice among local decision makers and leaders in developing and emerging economies.

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UNGA 66 Concludes with Decisions on Africa, Indigenous Conference, SDG Working Group [viewed]

17 September 2012: Concluding the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), outgoing President Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser recalled the Assembly's focus on disaster prevention and response, including local resilience and risk mitigation, and on sustainable development and global prosperity. Also during the plenary meeting, the Assembly took decisions on Africa, the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, and the distribution of seats in the open working group on sustainable development (OWG).

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SICA, Mexico Launch Forum on Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

August 2012: Central American nations and Mexico launched a new Forum for the Comprehensive Management of Disaster Risk to promote disaster risk awareness in Central America and share the experiences of Mexico in the development and implementation of financial instruments for the prevention and management of natural disasters and disaster risk transfer schemes.

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