Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Germanwatch Launches Website on Loss and Damage [viewed]

19 July 2012: Germanwatch has launched a website addressing key issues on loss and damage, as part of the "Loss and Damage in Vulnerable Countries Initiative," a project run by a consortium and supported by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN). The initiative aims at supporting least developed countries (LDCs) in raising their voice to call for action on addressing loss and damage caused by climate change.

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UNFCCC Holds Expert Meeting on Loss and Damage in LAC [viewed]

UNFCCC27 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat organized a regional expert meeting to discuss the full range of approaches and tools to address the risks of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change and the relative cost-effectiveness of these. The meeting focused on the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, and included discussion of impacts related to extreme weather events and slow onset events.

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Guest Article #81: Adaptation Strategies Should Factor in Migration [viewed]

Today there are more people on the move than ever before: one in every seven persons is an international or internal migrant, and almost every country is simultaneously a country of origin, transit or destination. The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) acknowledged migrants' contributions to sustainable development and made reference to migrants' rights. However, Rio+20 failed to further connect the dots between migration, development and adaptation to climate change.

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UNISDR, World Cities Scientific Development Alliance Launch Urban Resilience Award [viewed]

26 July 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the World Cities Scientific Development Alliance have announced the launch of the Resilient Cities Award. The award aims to recognize excellence in land use planning, design and development activities that protect communities from the impacts of natural hazards and reduce disaster risk.

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UNDP Administrator Calls for Accelerated Sustainable Human Development in Africa [viewed]

23 July 2012: In a speech delivered at the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Africa Conference in Dakar, Senegal, Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator, stressed the need for Africa's economic performance to translate into higher human development for all, particularly the poor, women and youth.

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FAO Releases Guidance on Mainstreaming Climate Change into Agricultural Programmes [viewed]

FAOJune 2012: With the integration of climate change into sectoral programmes, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) has developed a guidance document to assist investment project formulation practitioners in mainstreaming climate change considerations into investment projects.

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Event: Third Session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas [viewed]

The Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas is a multi-stakeholder forum that brings together key DRR stakeholders throughout the Americas. It is a participative space for knowledge sharing that promotes the planning, monitoring and collective decision making and strategy, as well as action to implement the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters, all with linkages to international and national climate change adaptation efforts. The Third Session is co-organized by the Regional Office of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) for the Americas, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Argentina, with strong participation planned by subregional DRR organizations such as Central America's CEPREDENAC, the Caribbean's CDEMA, and MERCOSUR's REHU.  

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EU Releases New List of LIFE Programme Projects [viewed]

20 July 2012: The EU has issued a list of new projects funded by the LIFE Programme, which is the primary fiscal instrument the EU uses to fund environment and conservation projects contributing over €2.5 billion to over 3500 projects since its inception in 1992. The newly funded projects cover, inter alia: biodiversity and endangered species conservation; waste management and recycling; ecosystem and habitat conservation; water systems; adaptation to climate change; greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation; renewable energy and energy efficiency; air pollution; green transportation; soil degradation; and oceans and coasts.

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UN Special Rapporteur Highlights Climate and Water Challenges in Tuvalu [viewed]

19 July 2012: Catarina de Albuquerque, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to safe drinking water, highlighted that the impacts of climate change are exacerbating water and sanitation challenges in Tuvalu. She recommend the Government of Tuvalu immediately adopt and implement its draft Water Act and its Sustainable and Integrated Water and Sanitation Policy.

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UNISDR Annual Report Highlights Growth in DRR Financing [viewed]

18 July 2012: The Secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has released its 2011 Annual Report, which highlights increases in financing and country efforts towards disaster risk reduction (DRR) worldwide.

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