Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Draft UNDP/UNFPA Programme for PICTs Addresses Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change [viewed]

13 June 2012: The Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) released a draft sub-regional programme document for the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) for 2013 to 2017. The programme includes support for accelerated action toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including on climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and environmental management activities.

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FAO's World Fisheries and Aquaculture Report Calls for Adopting Ecosystem Approach [viewed]

FAO9 July 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 2012 edition of its flagship publication, "The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture." The report underscores fisheries' and aquaculture's contribution to global food security and economic growth, but warns that they are threatened by poor governance, weak fisheries management regimes, conflicts over the use of natural resources, and the persistent use of poor fishery and aquaculture practices.

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Human Rights Council Links Internal Displacement With Climate Change [viewed]

6 July 2012: During its 20th session, the UN Human Rights Council expressed concern over the expected exacerbating impact of climate change on natural hazards and climate-related events, and its related contribution to internal displacement.

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IOC Discusses Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategy [viewed]

5 July 2012: As part of its Acclimate Project, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) convened a high-level workshop to discuss a draft regional strategy for climate change adaptation for the western Indian Ocean islands. The event brought together representatives from Comoros, Madagascar, Reunion (France), Mauritius and Seychelles. 

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WMO Considers Draft Implementation Plan for Global Framework for Climate Services [viewed]

WMO5 July 2012: At its annual meeting, the Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) considered a draft implementation plan for the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), which aims to increase the availability, accuracy and relevance of climate services to cope with natural and human-induced fluctuations in climate.

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Iranian Cities Join UNISDR's Resilient Cities Campaign [viewed]

5 July 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that ten Iranian cities, namely Fariman, Dargaz, Sabzevar, Kashmar, Chenaran, Torbat-e-Heidariyyel, Shandiz, Gonabad, Bajestan and Qouchan, have joined its Making Cities Resilient Campaign. The cities are all located in the disaster-prone province of Khorasan Razavi.

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EU-Central America Association Agreement Promotes Sustainable Development [viewed]

29 June 2012: The EU signed a comprehensive Association Agreement with six Central American countries, namely Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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OAS Endorses Inter‐American Plan for Disaster Prevention and Response [viewed]

OAS6 June 2012:  The Organization of American States' (OAS) General Assembly has endorsed the Inter‐American Plan for Disaster Prevention and Response and the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance. The Plan is a management tool for coordinating governments' efforts in dealing with disaster prevention, preparedness, response and mitigation.

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SICA Sends Declaration on Climate Change, Disasters to Rio+20 [viewed]

22 June 2012: The Central American Integration System (SICA) sent a "special communiqué" regarding climate change and natural disasters to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) held from 20-22 June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Disaster Reduction Conference Discusses Post-Hyogo Framework [viewed]

4 July 2012: The World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction, organized by the UN and the Government of Japan, concluded with a call for increased investment in disaster preparedness and recovery. Among other agenda items, conference participants discussed lessons learned from Japan on disaster preparedness, and renewing the disaster risk reduction (DRR) framework.

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