Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

FAO, IFAD and WFP Call for Action to Avert Global Food Crisis [viewed]

4 September 2012: In response to increases in maize, wheat and soybean prices similar in magnitude to those seen during the 2007-2008 world food crisis, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have issued a joint statement calling for urgent action to avert global price shocks. 

read more »

UNISDR Releases 2012 Making Cities Resilient Report [viewed]

4 September 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has released the “Making Cities Resilient Report 2012,” which aims to provide a global snapshot of how local governments reduce disaster risk. The report was released at the World Urban Forum, which is convening in Naples, Italy, from 2-6 September 2012.

read more »

Guest Article #83: Climate Change and Wetlands: Implications for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands [viewed]

Following intensive deliberations in Bucharest, Romania, in July 2012, the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands adopted Resolution XI.14 on Climate Change and Wetlands, acknowledging the significance of climate change for the ecosystem services that wetlands can deliver to human societies. This is the third Ramsar Resolution that affirms the potential implications of climate change for the conservation and wise use of wetlands, and it reiterates the commitment of Contracting Parties to addressing all issues affecting the maintenance and wise use of the values that wetlands provide to people.

read more »

Many Strong Voices Releases Paper on Ecosystem-based Climate Change Adaptation in Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

31 August 2012: Many Strong Voices (MSV), a collaboration between coastal communities in the Arctic and small island developing States (SIDS) that seeks to promote action on climate change, has released a paper titled “Ecosystem-Based Adaptation to Climate Change in Caribbean Small Island Developing States: Integrating Local and External Knowledge.”

read more »

Tunisia to Establish National DRR Platform [viewed]

31 August 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that the Government of Tunisia has committed to establish a National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), bringing the total number of national platforms worldwide to 82.

read more »

43rd Pacific Islands Forum Develops Leaders Communique [viewed]

PIFS30 August 2012: The 43rd Pacific Islands Forum convened in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands, from 28-30 August 2012, under the theme of “Large Oceans Island States – the Pacific Challenge.” Issues discussed at the meeting included the outcomes of the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the Oceanscape initiative, climate change, and radioactive contaminants in the Marshall Islands. The 43rd PIF Communique includes the key commitments of Pacific Leaders.

read more »

UNISDR, WMO Launch Disaster Resilience Project in Western Balkans and Turkey [viewed]

28 August 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are co-sponsoring a two-year project to reduce disaster risks and increase resilience to climate change in the Western Balkans and Turkey.

read more »

World Bank Releases Water Partnership Programme 2011 Annual Report [viewed]

World Bank22 August 2012: The World Bank has published the 2011 Annual Report of the Water Partnership Programme (WPP), which highlights WPP impacts on: World Bank lending; climate change effects on water access; sustainable water availability; and achieving green growth.

read more »

Event: Asia Water Week 2013 [viewed]

Organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Asian Water Week 2013 will address ongoing efforts to reform water management policies and strengthen priority programmes. Focusing on the theme "Water Security for All" the meeting will cover issues including climate change, the water-food-energy nexus, disaster management, civil society, financing, private sector involvement and governance.  

read more »

UNISDR Grants RISK Award to Beira, Mozambique [viewed]

27 August 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has granted the first RISK Award to the flood-prone coastal city of Beira, Mozambique. The €100,000 project implementation award is the result of a collaboration between UNISDR, the Munich Re Foundation and the Global Risk Forum, Davos.

read more »