Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Fourth Africa Water Week Focuses on Water for Growth [viewed]

18 May 2012: The fourth Africa Water Week was organized around the theme “Water for Growth in Africa,” and aimed to identify ways to reinforce and build on progress made to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets on water and sanitation, as well as Africa Water Vision 2025. The conference also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW).

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World Bank Supports Modernization of Mexico's Meteorological Service [viewed]

World Bank17 May 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$105.26 million loan to strengthen Mexico's National Meteorological Service, allowing for it to respond to climate change-induced weather events by improving water and disaster risk management.

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AfDB, FAO to Increase Drought Resilience in the Horn of Africa [viewed]

AfDB16 May 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) is launching a joint regional programme with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) aimed at increasing drought resilience and improving sustainable livelihoods in the Greater Horn of Africa.

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UNFCCC Releases Report of Expert Meeting on Loss and Damage [viewed]

11 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the expert meeting on assessing the risk of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change (FCCC/SBI/2012/INF.3). The meeting took place in Tokyo, Japan, from 26-28 March 2012.

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FAO Documents Adaptation Interventions in Mozambique [viewed]

FAOMay 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a report that details its role as coordinator of the largest component of a UN Joint Programme (UNJP) that builds the resilience of community and ecosystems to climate change and diversification of livelihood options in Mozambique. The programme was initiated based on the recognition that Southern Africa is one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change, including droughts, floods, and rainfall variability.

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IOM Workshop Focuses on Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Migration Nexus [viewed]

May 2012: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has published the proceedings of a workshop on "Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Migration," which was held within the framework of IOM's annual International Dialogue on Migration.

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Central America Discusses Mainstreaming Gender into Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management Policy [viewed]

20 April 2012: Several institutions of the Central American Integration System (SICA) have co-hosted a Central American Workshop on Gender, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, to prepare a regional roadmap for policies tackling the linkages among gender, climate change and disaster risk management. 

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EEA Releases Report on Urban Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

14 May 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report on the challenges posed by climate change to urban areas in Europe and how cities can adapt to climate change. The report identifies climate change challenges and responses, describes means of planning urban adaptation, and examines how multi-level governance enables urban adaptation.

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Asia-Pacific Human Development Report Discusses Climate Impacts for SIDS [viewed]

UNDP10 May 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released its regional human development report for the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on the need for the region to find ways to continue to grow economically, while reducing poverty and tackling climate change and environmental concerns. The report addresses climate challenges facing small island developing States (SIDS) in the region due their low elevation. 

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UNFCCC Releases Technical Paper on Loss and Damage [viewed]

10 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a technical paper titled "Current knowledge on relevant methodologies and data requirements as well as lessons learned and gaps identified at different levels, in assessing the risk of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change" (FCCC/TP/2012/1).

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