Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Adaptation Fund Board Accredits New Implementing Entities [viewed]

Adaptation Fund16 September 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) took a number of decisions at its 15th meeting, including a decision to increase the number of National Implementing Entities to six with the accreditation of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) of Belize as a National Implementing Entity (NIE) and the African Development Bank as a Multilateral Implementing Entity (MIE).

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CGIAR Conference Debates Latest Research on REDD+ and Sustainable Development [viewed]

September 2011: The Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) held a conference at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC, US, on 26 August 2011, to examine issues related to understanding the relationships between carbon emissions and rural livelihoods.

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IDB to Invest in Adaptation to Climate Change in the Caribbean [viewed]

IDB12 September 2011: The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is investing US$1.5 million to launch an initiative that will help small and medium-sized enterprises in Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas and Belize to adopt business practices to minimize the impact of climate change on productive activities.

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Human Rights Council Opens with Focus on Horn of Africa Drought [viewed]

Human Rights Council12 September 2011: The Human Rights Council (HRC) opened its 18th regular session in Geneva, Switzerland, with numerous speakers calling attention to the humanitarian challenges in the Horn of Africa due to the food emergency and fears of a new global recession.

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Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum Releases Consensus Report [viewed]

6 September 2011: The Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum has released a consensus report for the season of September to December 2011, which predicts a possible return to normal or above normal rain conditions in southern Somalia, but a risk of below normal rains for other areas, including northern Somalia.

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Event: South Pacific Regional Writeshop to Support Developing Country Publications on Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

The Writeshop will be hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the University of the South Pacific (USP), with support of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. The Writeshop will address topics relevant to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction including policies, institutions and governance issues to adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and experiences with specific extreme climate events in the region.  

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Event: Caribbean Regional Writeshop to Support Developing Country Publications on Adaptation to Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and the University of the West Indies are calling for applications from young scholars, practitioners, policymakers and others from the Caribbean who are working in the field of climate change and disaster risk reduction to participate in a Writeshop. Through the Writeshop, participants are expected to produce a peer-review, publishable quality article and they will gain enhanced awareness of the process of writing papers for academic journals. These skills will allow their work to be eligible for incorporation into publications of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other high-level scientific bodies and consequently inform policy making on key issues of risk and climate.  

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UN/ISDR Head Discusses Climate Change and Migration [viewed]

8 September 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released an interview with Margareta Wahlström, Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, carried out by Eurasylum, on the latest evidence on climate migration.

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UN Secretary-General in Sydney: "We Cannot Burn our Way to the Future" [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Sectretary-General8 September 2011: In a speech delivered at Sydney University in Australia at the end of his official visit in the Pacific region, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined the need to "connect the dots between challenges such as climate change and water scarcity, energy shortages, global health issues, food insecurity and the empowerment of the world's women."

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UNU and Partners Launch World Risk Report 2011 [viewed]

2 September 2011: The UN University (UNU) Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), in collaboration with the Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft (Alliance Development Works), has published the World Risk Report 2011, which evaluates the interactions between exposure to natural hazards and climate change, and factors of social vulnerability, including levels of poverty, education, food security and governance.

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