Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Climate Change and Food Security in West and North Africa Conference Adopts Kuwait Declaration [viewed]

WMO18 November 2011: The International Conference on Adaptation to Climate Change and Food Security in West and North Africa addressed concerns over the sustainability of agriculture production systems in the region, noting the importance of agriculture for local livelihoods and the poor, as well as concerns over water scarcity.

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IPCC 34 Focuses on Workstreams, Accepts SREX Summary [viewed]

The view from the aisle during the opening of the session, with IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri addressing the plenary.19 November 2011: The 34th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) focused primarily on the workstreams resulting from the consideration of the InterAcademy Council (IAC) Review of the IPCC processes and procedures, namely those on procedures, conflict of interest policy, and communications strategy.

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Benin Hosts CC:Learn Workshop on Climate Change Learning and Skills Development [viewed]

Benin Hosts CC:Learn Workshop on Climate Change Learning and Skills Development14 November 2011: The UN CC:Learn pilot project titled “Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change” commenced with a National Planning Workshop in Benin.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Second Climate Vulnerable Forum [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General14 November 2011: The second Climate Vulnerable Forum Ministerial-level Meeting was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 14 November 2011, following a senior officers-level meeting on 13 November 2011. The meeting gathered countries that are most vulnerable to climate change with a view to speaking with one voice to press for external support in the areas of adaptation, capacity building and technology transfer.

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IPCC Releases Summary of Special Report on Disasters [viewed]

IPCC18 November 2011: Member governments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) approved the Summary for Policymakers of the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX), which was prepared by IPCC Working Groups I and II.

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2011 Asian Urban Forum Focuses on Financing Future Cities [viewed]

Asian Urban Forum 201115 November 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted the 2011 Asian Urban Forum, which took place from 15-17 November 2011, in Manila, the Philippines, and was organized around the theme "Financing Future Cities."

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UNESCO Releases Roadmap Towards a Sustainable World [viewed]

From Green Economies to Green SocietiesNovember 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report titled "From green economies to green societies: UNESCO's commitment to sustainable development," which aims to feed into the preparatory process for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio +20), to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2012. It provides the Organization's vision for Rio+20 and gives concrete examples demonstrating the Organization's work to promote sustainable development.

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UNEP Releases Post-Conflict Assessment Report of Rwanda [viewed]

UNEP Releases Post-Conflict Assessment Report of Rwanda16 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has led a comprehensive, national-scale post-conflict environmental assessment of Rwanda. The resulting report on Rwanda's post-conflict sustainable development urges the country to create opportunities for a transition towards a green economy.

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UNICEF Studies Children's Vulnerability to Climate Change [viewed]

14 November 2011: The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has released a report on the climate change challenges that children face in East Asia and the Pacific. The report indicates that climate change will exacerbate the living conditions of millions of children in the region, who already suffer from a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation and are vulnerable to malnutrition and diseases.

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GEF Climate Change Fund Supports Weather Risk Insurance in the Balkans [viewed]

GEF10 November 2011: The Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), administered by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is providing a US$5.5 million grant to develop the disaster and weather-risk insurance market and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change in Albania, FYR Macedonia, and Serbia.

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