Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN Secretary-General Addresses Second Climate Vulnerable Forum [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General14 November 2011: The second Climate Vulnerable Forum Ministerial-level Meeting was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 14 November 2011, following a senior officers-level meeting on 13 November 2011. The meeting gathered countries that are most vulnerable to climate change with a view to speaking with one voice to press for external support in the areas of adaptation, capacity building and technology transfer.

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IPCC Releases Summary of Special Report on Disasters [viewed]

IPCC18 November 2011: Member governments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) approved the Summary for Policymakers of the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX), which was prepared by IPCC Working Groups I and II.

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2011 Asian Urban Forum Focuses on Financing Future Cities [viewed]

Asian Urban Forum 201115 November 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted the 2011 Asian Urban Forum, which took place from 15-17 November 2011, in Manila, the Philippines, and was organized around the theme "Financing Future Cities."

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UNESCO Releases Roadmap Towards a Sustainable World [viewed]

From Green Economies to Green SocietiesNovember 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report titled "From green economies to green societies: UNESCO's commitment to sustainable development," which aims to feed into the preparatory process for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio +20), to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2012. It provides the Organization's vision for Rio+20 and gives concrete examples demonstrating the Organization's work to promote sustainable development.

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UNEP Releases Post-Conflict Assessment Report of Rwanda [viewed]

UNEP Releases Post-Conflict Assessment Report of Rwanda16 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has led a comprehensive, national-scale post-conflict environmental assessment of Rwanda. The resulting report on Rwanda's post-conflict sustainable development urges the country to create opportunities for a transition towards a green economy.

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UNICEF Studies Children's Vulnerability to Climate Change [viewed]

14 November 2011: The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has released a report on the climate change challenges that children face in East Asia and the Pacific. The report indicates that climate change will exacerbate the living conditions of millions of children in the region, who already suffer from a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation and are vulnerable to malnutrition and diseases.

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GEF Climate Change Fund Supports Weather Risk Insurance in the Balkans [viewed]

GEF10 November 2011: The Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), administered by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is providing a US$5.5 million grant to develop the disaster and weather-risk insurance market and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change in Albania, FYR Macedonia, and Serbia.

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Guest Article #69: Adapting Decision Making for a Warming World [viewed]

The world must start adapting now to a very different, much hotter tomorrow, one in which business as usual policies and practices will simply not suffice. The extreme weather events over the past two years provide a foretaste of what is to come. But dealing with more frequent and intense disasters (to use an apt metaphor) will be only the tip of the iceberg.

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Report of the 15th Adaptation Fund Board Meeting Released [viewed]

Adaptation Fund14 November 2011: The Adaptation Fund has released the report of the 15th meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB), which was held from 15-16 September 2011, in Bonn, Germany. At the meeting, the AFB discussed issues related to accreditation of Regional Implementing Entities (RIE) and National Implementing Entities (NIE), as well as the application of a cap on funding for projects proposed by Multilateral Implementing Entities (MIE). 

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Central Asian Experts Identify Challenges to Adaptation in Mountain Regions [viewed]

14 November 2011: Experts from Azerbaijan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Mongolia and Tajikistan recently convened to explore how best to address evidence of climate change impacts on mountain regions in international discussions. Delegates noted the importance of Tajikistan as a source of water for Central Asia, China and the Russian Republic, with 8,000 glaciers and extensive high altitude lakes. 

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