Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

UN/ISDR Releases Brief on Building Resilience in Africa [viewed]

December 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released a policy brief titled “Effective measures to build resilience in Africa to adapt to climate change.” The brief, issued during the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, builds on information provided by countries in progress reports on the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action.

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UNEP and Partners Release Report on Climate Change, Migration and Conflict in the Sahel [viewed]

6 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the United Nations University (UNU) and the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), has released a report titled “Livelihood Security: Climate Change, Migration and Conflict in the Sahel.” The project aimed to analyze the historical climate trends in the region, identify “hotspots” and determine the implications of climate change on natural resource-led livelihoods in the Sahel.

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UN/ISDR Announces Adoption of Climate Change Adaptation Charter for Local Government [viewed]

5 December 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced the adoption of the Durban Climate Change Adaptation Charter for Local Government. The Charter was agreed during the three-day Durban Local Government Convention, which took place from 2-4 December 2011, in Durban, South Africa.  

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WFP Stresses Seven Facts on Climate Change and Hunger [viewed]

5 December 2011: On the sidelines of the Durban Climate Change Conference, the World Food Programme (WFP) issued a press release underscoring seven facts on climate change and hunger.

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Oceans Day at Durban Forwards Statement to COP 17 [viewed]

3 December 2011: Oceans Day took place on 3 December 2011, at the Rio Conventions Pavilion, on the sidelines of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban, South Africa. The one-day meeting was organized in seven sessions, addressing: oceans and coasts at the UNFCCC and at Rio+20; climate change and African fisheries; evidence of climate change from the large marine ecosystems (LMEs); progress on major oceans and climate issues; oceans and climate issues in small island developing States (SIDS); capacity building and public education; and mobilizing for action on oceans and climate.

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UN/ISDR Awards Austrian Province with Role Model Status for Community Risk Assessments [viewed]

29 November 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that it has awarded Tyrol, Austria, with role model status for its activities in community-based risk assessment.

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WMO: 2011 is 10th Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

WMO29 November 2011: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released highlights of the provisional annual WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate. 

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OECD Paper Assesses Private Sector Engagement in Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

25 November 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper titled "Private Sector Engagement in Adaptation to Climate Change: Approaches to Managing Climate Risks." The paper notes that, while there is a high level of awareness among companies of the broad range of risks posed by climate change, not all perceive their businesses as vulnerable, and a gap exists between the risk assessments companies have performed and their implementation of risk management actions.

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UN Security Council Debates Climate Change as Threat to Peace and Security [viewed]

UN Security Council23 November 2011: Addressing the UN Security Council debate on international peace and security, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cited organized crime, pandemics and the effects of climate change as "daunting challenges" to the maintenance of international peace and security.

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UNCTAD Report Discusses Adaptation and Mitigation Challenges for Maritime Transport [viewed]

Review of Maritime Transport 201123 November 2011: The 2011 Review of Maritime Transport, published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) highlights challenges of adapting maritime transport to the impacts of climate change, primarily sea-level rise, and provides an update on the development of measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from maritime transport.

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