Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

IDB Paper Highlights Microfinance Potential to Support Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

October 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) published a brief, authored by María Elena Gutierrez and Xavier Mommens, which highlights the potential for microfinance to support climate change adaptation, as well as the risks that climate change imposes on microfinance schemes.

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ILRI-Backed Adaptation Insurance Programme Pays Herders in Kenya [viewed]

21 October 2011: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has reported that the first payments for the index-based livestock insurance programme piloted in Kenya's Marsabit District have been provided to 650 insured herders.

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South American Officials Stress Role of Forests in Combating Climate Change [viewed]

6 October 2011: Directors and high-level officials of the forests services of South American countries have agreed on the need for common and regional approaches to the challenges facing the continent's forests, in particular climate change.

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UNESCO Highlights Efforts to Build Island Resilience [viewed]

October 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report titled "Building Island Resilience," which provides an overview of the activities of the SIDS Platform, UNESCO's house-wide contribution to implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the further implementation (MSI) of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA) for the Sustainable Development of small island developing States (SIDS).

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UN/ISDR Urges Governments to Encourage DRR in Private Sector [viewed]

21 October 2011: In light of the current floods affecting eight million people across South East Asia, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has underscored the shortcomings of disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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Event: UNFCCC Workshop on Identification of Gaps and Challenges of Risk Management Approaches to the Adverse Effects of Climate Change [viewed]

This workshop is being organized in response to the request by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) that the Secretariat organize a workshop to identify gaps and challenges in the implementation of risk management approaches to the adverse effects of climate change, building on the lessons learned and practical experience of international, regional and national organizations and the private sector.  

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UNECA Holds First Climate Change and Development Conference in Africa [viewed]

19 October 2011: The First Climate Change and Development in Africa Conference convened under the theme "Development First: Addressing climate change in Africa." The event sought to address the need for greatly improved climate data and information for Africa, in addition to strengthening the use of this information for policy and decision making.

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Event: International Conference on Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

Co-hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a centre of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), this conference will provide a forum for leading international scientists and young researchers to present their latest research findings, exchange their research ideas, and share their experiences in the field of climate change and food security. Topics addressed by the conference will include: estimating trends in impacts of climate change on food security; managing climate variability and risk; accelerating adaptation to progressive climate change; and improving measurement and monitoring.  

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SPC Announces Support for PICTs on DRR and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

30 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced that, with financial support from the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), it is assisting Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) in developping disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation responses.

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Eradication of Poverty Day Focuses on Sustainability and Inclusive Development [viewed]

17 October 2011: This year's commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty promoted recognition that a sustainable future is not reachable when over 40% of the world's population, about 2.6 billion people, live in poverty and face threats from natural disasters and economic shocks. 

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