Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Chair's Summary of the Third Session of the Global Platform for DRR Released [viewed]

3 June 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released the Chair's Summary of the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and World Reconstruction Conference, in which Asha-Rose Migiro, UN Deputy Secretary-General and Chair of the Third Session, highlights that DRR should be at the forefront of efforts to preserve and protect the balance of nature, and ensure sustainable development and well being for future generations.

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World Bank, GEF Fund Adaptation in Sao Tome and Principe [viewed]

31 May 2011: The World Bank Board has approved a Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant of US$4.1 million to support São Tomé and Principe in increasing its adaptive capacity to the adverse impacts of climate variability and change.

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"Lessons For Future Action" Ends with Adoption of MOU between SPREP and 5C's [viewed]

26 May 2001: A conference on "Lessons for Future Action," which took place in Apia, Samoa, emphasized the urgency of climate change adaptation and future decisions affecting small island developing States (SIDS), given the threat of natural disasters. At the end of the Conference, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5C's) adopted a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

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UN/ISDR Launches Media Handbook on Reporting About Disasters [viewed]

26 May 2011: During the Third Session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) launched a media handbook, titled "Disaster through a Different Lens,” which aims to assist journalists to cover disasters in ways to persuade national and local governments to invest more in disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies. 

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World Meteorological Congress Reappoints WMO Secretary-General [viewed]

25 May 2011: The World Meteorological Congress reappointed Michel Jarraud for a four-year term as the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The Congress also elected David Grimes (Canada) as President, Antonio Divino Moura (Brazil) as First Vice-President, Mieczyslaw Ostojski (Poland) as Second Vice-President, and Abdalah Mokssit (Morroco) as Third Vice-President.

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Event: Eighth Session of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission's Regional Committee for the Western Indian Ocean (IOCWIO-VIII) [viewed]

The agenda for this session includes a presentation of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Draft Priorities and Implementation Strategies for 2012-2013 related to: prevention and reduction of the impacts of natural hazards; mitigation of and adaptation to climate change and variability; safeguarding the health of ocean ecosystems; World Heritage Sites; and management procedures and policies leading to the sustainability of coastal and ocean environment and resources. Participants will also discuss national programmes and priorities in Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa and Tanzania.  

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Small Islands Exchange Lessons on Climate Change, DRR [viewed]

24 May 2011: Opening the conference titled “Lessons for Future Action: Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Small Island States,” Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa, urged participants to share lessons learnt on climate change and disaster risk management, so small island developing States (SIDS) can strategize for a better future in the face of climate change.

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Report of Committee for Development Policy Reviews Indicators of LDCs [viewed]

May 2011: The report of the 13th session of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP), which took place from 21-25 March 2011, has just been released. The report reviews the Committee's consideration of the following themes: education for all, issues related to the Least Developed Countries (including monitoring of the development progress of Equatorial Guinea and Samoa), and migration and development. 

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SPC Highlights Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture [viewed]

19 May 2011: In addresses to two recent climate change meetings in the Pacific region, Inoke Ratukalou, Acting Director of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Land Resource Division (LRD), has stressed the need to protect SIDS' agriculture sector from the impacts of climate change, and emphasized that climate change should be considered a development issue, not just an environmental one.

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SPREP and SPC Assisting Tuvalu to Develop National Climate Change Policy [viewed]

18 May 2011: In response to a request from Tuvalu, a joint team from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Applied Geoscience and Technology (SOPAC) Division is on mission in the country to assist in the development of a Tuvalu National Climate Change Policy and Joint Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management National Action Plan (JNAP).

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