Health

Event: 31st Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Group on Earth Observations [viewed]

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) will convene the 31st meeting of its Executive Committee (ExCom) from 8-9 July 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland. The ExCom guides the work of GEO and the activities of the GEO Secretariat. The 13 members of ExCom represent the regions of Africa, Americas, Asia/Oceania, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Europe.  

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OECD Finds Air Pollution Costs Member States US$1.7 Trillion Annually [viewed]

OECD_NEW21 May 2014: Deaths and health impacts from air pollution cost advanced economies, together with China and India, US$3.5 trillion annually, according to an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report, 'The Cost of Air Pollution: Health Impacts of Road Transport.'

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IFPRI Conference Highlights Role of Resilience in Ensuring Food and Nutrition Security [viewed]

IFPRI Logo18 May 2014: At the ‘Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security' conference organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), its 2020 Vision Initiative and partners, participants called for the inclusion of a goal to eliminate hunger by 2025 in the post-2015 development agenda. 

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African Countries Adopt Common Position on Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

afrp1416 May 2014: The 5th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (AfRP14) and the 3rd Ministerial Meeting for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) convened under the theme ‘Prevent Risk: Build Resilience.' The meeting was one in a series of multi-stakeholder consultations leading up to the 3rd World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), which is scheduled to take place in Japan in March 2015. 

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ECLAC Proposes Compacts for Equality and Sustainable Development [viewed]

ECLAC5 May 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) proposed to the biennial session of the Commission six "social compacts" on equality and development covering fiscal policy, investment, industrial policy, inclusive financing, labor reform, public services, environmental sustainability and natural resource governance. 

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Guest Article #106: Turning the 'Biggest Global Health Threat' in to our Biggest Global Health Opportunity [viewed]

Late March of this year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the second part of its Fifth Assessment Report, AR5 Working Group II (WGII). The Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA) has recently released its briefing, outlining the implications of the IPCC report for public health and health professionals.

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Event: Second Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance [viewed]

The Second Forum of the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) will take place in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from 21-22 June 2014. The theme of the Forum will be 'Mobilizing Adaptation Finance'. Sessions on the first day will focus on: the state of adaptation finance; mainstreaming adaptation in national planning; mobilizing public and private sector sources of finance; and ways to improve dissemination of adaptation best practices. The second day will feature break-out groups on: urban areas and infrastructure; water management and human health; agriculture and land-use; and energy and transport.  

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US Releases Third National Climate Assessment [viewed]

USA Flag6 May 2014: The US Global Change and Research Program (USGCRP) released the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA), which, to date, is the most “comprehensive, authoritative, transparent scientific report on US climate change impacts ever generated.” The report, a key deliverable of US President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan, confirms that climate change is not a distant threat but is currently occuring and has immediate impacts, and that most of the warming over the past 50 years is due to human activities.

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Air Pollution in Most Cities Exceeds WHO Guidelines [viewed]

WHO7 May 2014: The 2014 Ambient Air Pollution in Cities Database released by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that air quality in most cities around the globe is much higher than recommended by WHO's Guidelines on Air Quality, with many cities showing a declining trend.

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April 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-idb-afdb-ebrd-gefApril 2014: Throughout April 2014, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved finance for and highlighted results of projects across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, as well as in small island developing states (SIDS) to: improve water supply and sanitation; build urban and rural water infrastructure; reduce water-related disaster risk and increase climate resilience; improve agricultural water efficiency; construct hydro-power facilities; protect aquatic biodiversity; and promote transboundary water cooperation.

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