Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Event: 64th Session of the WMO Executive Council [viewed]

The Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is holding its annual meeting from 25 June-3 July to review progress in the provision of critical weather, climate and water services to meet the growing needs of society. The 64th session of the Executive Council will consider WMO priorities, including: the Global Framework for Climate Services; enhanced disaster risk reduction (DRR); improved observation and information systems; more efficient meteorological services for the aviation sector; and capacity-strengthening of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in developing countries.  

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Rio+20 Adopts "The Future We Want" Outcome Document, Voluntary Pledges Reported to Reach US$513 Billion [viewed]

22 June 2012: The third and final meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), Pre-Conference Informal Consultations Facilitated by the Host Country, and the UNCSD convened back-to-back in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 13-22 June 2012. During their ten days in Rio, government delegations concluded negotiations on the Rio outcome document, titled “The Future We Want.”

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Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia Kicks Off [viewed]

21 June 2012: The First Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) Ministerial Conference met to mobilize financial support for implementation of the targeted activities of the RIMES Master Plan, which aims to increase capacity for dealing with natural hazards and extreme weather events.

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UNHCR, UNU Highlight Climate Change's Contribution to Human Displacement [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN University (UNU) released a report titled “Climate Change, Vulnerability and Human Mobility: Perspectives of Refugees from the East and Horn of Africa” on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The report illustrates the role of climate change in increasing human vulnerability and driving people from their homes and across borders, potentially into areas of conflict.

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San Francisco Joins UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign [viewed]

20 June 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that the US city of San Francisco has joined UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign. San Francisco is the first major US city to join the Campaign.

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ICAO Publishes Booklet for Rio+20 Decision Makers [viewed]

19 June 2012: On the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) released a booklet titled "Global Aviation and our Sustainable Future," which addresses aviation's role in the Rio+20 discussions, elaborates on its activities across the sustainable development agenda, and summarizes its collaborative efforts with UN agencies.

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World Bank, Mexico Release Report on Disaster Risks and Financial Resilience [viewed]

World Bank16 June 2012: The Government of Mexico and the World Bank released a joint report on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G20) Summit convening in Los Cabos, Mexico, titled “Improving the Assessment of Disaster Risks to Strengthen Financial Resilience.” The report outlines how the G20, the World Bank, and other international partners can cooperate with national and local authorities to address disaster and financial resilience risks.

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AfDB, CIF Launch Climate Resilience Projects in Niger and Mozambique [viewed]

15 June 2012: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) has approved two projects under its Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) with co-financing and support by the African Development Bank (AfDB), aiming to improve climate forecasting and communication in Niger, and building resilience of agricultural production systems in Mozambique.

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SPC/FAO Workshop Examines Climate Change Impacts on Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

SPC13 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) convened a workshop aimed to transfer the results of SPC's recent vulnerability assessment, titled “Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change,” and to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture in the region.

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UNGA President Releases DRR Debate Summary [viewed]

13 June 2012: The President of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has released his summary of the Assembly's Thematic Debate on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), which was held in New York, US, on 12 April 2012. The debate aimed to support and advance dialogue on how best to integrate the DRR approach into the outcome of the Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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