Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

ITU Symposium Highlights Role of ICTs in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation [viewed]

8 July 2011: The International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Sixth Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), the Environment and Climate Change, focused on the issue of ICTs, the environment and climate change in Africa and the needs of developing countries, and concluded with a Call to Action for global leaders to recognize the role of ICTs in tackling climate change and to enhance their ability to do so.

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FAO, WFP and Oxfam Issue Statement on Drought in Horn of Africa [viewed]

8 July 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has issued a joint statement with the World Food Programme (WFP) and Oxfam calling for humanitarian and food assistance to build food security and resiliency in the Horn of Africa, and noting the failure of the short rains in late 2010 and negative trends that threaten the long rainy season in 2011.

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UN MDG Report Highlights Progress Despite the Financial, Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

7 July 2011: The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2011 finds that, despite setbacks from recent economic, food and energy crises, major progress towards the MDGs has been achieved. However, it indicates that progress has been unequal and the most vulnerable are left behind, noting disparities based on sex, age, disability and ethnicity, and between urban and rural areas.

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CCCCC and EU Sign Agreement to Support Caribbean Forum Countries in Meeting Climate Change Challenges [viewed]

4 July 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and the EU have entered into an agreement to, among other things, support Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) countries in meeting the challenges of climate change.

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Event: II Meeting on Climate Change of the Regional Policy Dialogue's Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Network [viewed]

The II Meeting on Climate Change of the Regional Policy Dialogue's Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Network is organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The Dialogue will focus on new strategic trends in combating climate change, such as "green" mechanisms and financial institutions, programmatic bilateral aid programmes, and the implementation of national climate change programmes at the sub-regional and local levels. The program includes a review of specific cases such as the sectoral requirements for adaptation in the water sector, the implementation challenges for mitigation in the forestry sector, and energy efficiency. The meeting will include work sessions to explore the political guidelines of countries in the region in light of the Durban Climate Change Conference.  

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Sri Lankan Local Governments Commit to UN/ISDR Resilience Campaign [viewed]

5 July 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that nine Sri Lankan provinces, including 20 urban councils and three municipal councils, have released a joint action plan to tackle hazard risk in Sri Lanka.

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CIF Projects Focus on Climate Resilience and Forests [viewed]

1 July 2011: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) approved US$444 million in grants and near-zero-interest loans to support five nation-wide strategic programmes for climate resilience in Cambodia, Mozambique, Nepal, St. Lucia, and Zambia, as well as US$90 million in grants for sustainable forest management (SFM) and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) initiatives in Burkina Faso and Congo DRC.

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Guest Article #61: Future Development Must Be Centred Around Risk [viewed]

Around 20% of the Earth is at risk from at least one natural hazard and more than half the world's six billion plus population is exposed. In a matter of minutes, at least one hazard can change the world they know. Only through incorporating risk into development planning can we start to reduce this exposure.

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CCCCC Update Highlights Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Projects [viewed]

CCCCC4 July 2011: The 11th issue of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre's (CCCCC) Climate Change News Update, which compiles international and regional climate change-related news, highlights the World Bank's US$47.12 million Regional Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Projects, which aims to help Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to climate-proof their buildings and increase their public institutions' capacity to assess natural risks.

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ACP MEAs Newsletter Focuses on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in SIDS [viewed]

29 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the EU have released the June issue of their newsletter on the African, Caribbean and Pacific Multilateral Environment Agreements (ACP MEAs) project. The newest newsletter is sub-titled "The Future of the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Small Island Developing States."

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