Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

SPC/FAO Workshop Examines Climate Change Impacts on Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

SPC13 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) convened a workshop aimed to transfer the results of SPC's recent vulnerability assessment, titled “Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change,” and to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture in the region.

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UNGA President Releases DRR Debate Summary [viewed]

13 June 2012: The President of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has released his summary of the Assembly's Thematic Debate on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), which was held in New York, US, on 12 April 2012. The debate aimed to support and advance dialogue on how best to integrate the DRR approach into the outcome of the Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy: Towards More Drought Resilient Societies [viewed]

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in collaboration with a number of UN agencies, international and regional organizations and key national agencies, are organizing the High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP) in Geneva, Switzerland, in March 2013. HMNDP will provide practical insight into useful, science-based actions to address the key drought issues being considered by governments and the private sector under the UNCCD and the various strategies to cope with drought. HMNDP will start with a half-day opening plenary, with a major keynote address, followed by three days of scientific segment, and a High Level segment for ministers.  

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Guest Article #79: The Future of Europe Depends on Smart and Resilient Cities [viewed]

Europe is increasingly suffering from extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, heat and cold waves, which have an immediate impact on our lives, economies and environment. Regardless of how successful our mitigation efforts will be, we need to build resilient societies to adapt to climate change.

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UNU Project on Climate Resilience in Semi-Arid Africa Holds Kick-Off Meeting [viewed]

11 June 2012: A five-year research project on Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa: An Integrated Approach (CECAR-Africa) held a kick-off meeting to formally commence its operational phase. CECAR-Africa focuses on the vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystems to climate change in developing countries, particularly in Africa.

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CROP Agencies Reiterate Their Commitment to Climate Change Collaboration [viewed]

PIFS8 June 2012: The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) has reported that the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP) has recalled its statement on “Collaborating to Support Effective Responses to Climate Change,” during a meeting of the CROP Executives Subcommittee on Climate Change (CES-CCC). 

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Event: Dakar: Managing the Regional Risks of Climate Extremes and Disasters – Learning from the IPCC Special Report [viewed]

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Overseas Development Institute, Norway's Climate and Pollution Agency, Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) are co-organizing an outreach workshop titled: “Managing the Risks of Climate Extremes and Disasters (SREX) in West Africa – What can we learn from the IPCC Special Report?” The two-day event is designed for policy makers, business leaders, academics and other stakeholders that are, have been, or may be impacted by climate extremes and disasters. The workshop seeks to promote discussion of the IPCC Special Report on "Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters for Advancing Climate Change Adaptation" (SREX). The event is part of a series of outreach events in Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean held from April-June 2012.  

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SPC, SPREP to Develop Disaster Risk and Climate Change Regional Strategy [viewed]

5 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has signed a letter of agreement with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) mapping out the joint development of an integrated regional strategy for disaster risk management and climate change by 2015.

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ITU Symposium Adopts Declaration on ICTs for Climate Change and Sustainable Development [viewed]

5 June 2012: The 7th International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), the Environment and Climate Change concluded with the adoption of a Declaration calling on world leaders and other stakeholders attending the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) to reach agreement on how to use ICTs to achieve the global green agenda.

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World Bank's Environmental Strategy Aims at Green, Clean and Resilient Development [viewed]

World Bank5 June 2012: The World Bank has released its new Environment Strategy for 2012-2022 with the aim of supporting countries' efforts to secure a sustainable future through initiatives that are green, clean and resilient.

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