Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

ECLAC to Strengthen Caribbean Coordination in Support of BPOA/MSI Implementation [viewed]

28 May 2012: At the fourth meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Caribbean's Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM) for the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation (MSI) of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) for the Sustainable Development of small island developing States (SIDS), it was decided that the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean would review how best to strengthen regional coordination on the sustainable development agenda.

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SOWR 2012 Addresses Gap for People Displaced by Climate Change [viewed]

31 May 2012: The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has launched its flagship publication, "The State of the World's Refugees," which provides a global update on the status of refugees since 2006. The report examines the international response to displacement resulting from climate change and natural disasters, highlighting a normative gap in the protection of people displaced across borders owing to these phenomena, which will need to be address by the international community.

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UN-HABITAT Workshop Focuses on Climate Change and Decentralization in Asia and Pacific [viewed]

UN-HABITAT29 May 2012: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) organized a two-day workshop on Climate Change and Decentralization in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The workshop aimed at identifying strategies for better decentralization of climate change action and focused on how climate change initiatives can be improved through localized participatory approaches and multi-level governance.

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CARICOM Stresses Climate Change and Disaster Management Cooperation with Japan [viewed]

25 May 2012: As Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Irwin LaRocque accepted the credentials of Yoshimasa Tezuka, new Plenipotentiary Representative of Japan to CARICOM, he stressed the importance of climate change and disaster management cooperation with Japan.

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UNOCHA Report Highlights Humanitarian Assistance to Climate-Related Emergencies [viewed]

29 May 2012: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has released the annual report of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which provides coordinated humanitarian response to countries in crises. The report highlights that climate-related emergencies tops all categories of humanitarian assistance, with $149 million provided in financial assistance. 

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ICRISAT, Indian Council of Agricultural Research Partner on Climate Resilient Agriculture [viewed]

22 May 2012: The International Center Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) highlighted their collaboration on measures to address climate risks and constraints through their  “Vulnerability to Climate Change: Adaptation Strategies and Layers of Resilience” project at a policy dialogue on Climate Resilient Agriculture in India.

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Peruvian Cities Join UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign [viewed]

25 May 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that 14 Peruvian cities have joined UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient campaign, following the launch of the campaign recruitment drive in Peru.

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Rio+20 Secretariat Lists Voluntary Commitments [viewed]

RIO+2024 May 2012: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Secretariat has begun listing voluntary commitments to deliver concrete results for sustainable development.

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World Health Assembly Discusses Progress on Health-related MDGs [viewed]

WHO26 May 2012: The 65th session of the World Health Assembly, the supreme decision making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), endorsed a report on progress and achievements of the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and global health goals after 2015. Member States noted that, while progress towards achieving health-related MDGs has accelerated, further action is needed to achieve the goals by 2015.

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CCAFS Launches Learning Platform on Climate Smart Agriculture [viewed]

24 May 2012: The Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) South Asia of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has launched a learning platform to improve agricultural resilience to changing weather patterns, and to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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