Poverty Eradication

World Bank Outlines DRR Plans in Viet Nam [viewed]

World Bank2 August 2012: The World Bank has reported on projects implemented in Viet Nam since 2006 to promote disaster risk reduction (DRR), with partners including the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and AusAID.

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AU to Establish African Risk Capacity Secretariat [viewed]

African Union (AU)5 August 2012: The African Union (AU) has agreed to establish an African Risk Capacity (ARC) Secretariat, a specialized agency to develop an agreement on a pooled risk insurance facility for droughts, floods, earthquakes and cyclones in Africa.

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UNFCCC Releases Workshop Report on Equitable Access to Sustainable Development [viewed]

6 August 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of a workshop on equitable access to sustainable development (EASD), which convened in Bonn, Germany, on 16 May 2012.

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UN Report Provides Update on Sustainable Agricultural Policies and Practices [viewed]

10 August 2012: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a report of the UN Secretary-General on agriculture development and food security, which examines the challenges of achieving food and nutrition security, as well as progress in implementation of sustainable agriculture policies and practices based on the Five Rome Principles for Sustainable Global Food Security.

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Guest Article #82: Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Africa: Seizing the Opportunity [viewed]

The outcome document from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) emphasizes that adaptation to climate change is an immediate and urgent global priority. The impact of climate change poses eminent danger to human well-being and development pathways in Africa where the resources and capacity to respond are limited. This is going to get worse as warming in Africa is projected to be greater than the global annual mean, with an average increase of 3-4ºC over the next century.

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UNDP Administrator Stresses the Importance of Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

15 August 2012: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark delivered the University of Canterbury's Hopkins Lecture in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which she addressed the theme “Building Resilience: The Importance of Disaster Risk Reduction.”

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UNISDR Announces Online Dialogue for Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

14 August 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that it will convene an online dialogue on a post-2015 Framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR). The dialogue will take place from 27 August - 30 November 2012, and will form the first round of a series of online consultations in the lead up to the World Conference on Disaster Reduction, scheduled to take place in 2015, in Japan.

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UNFCCC Releases Revised Workshop Report on Equitable Access to Sustainable Development [viewed]

15 August 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the revised report on the workshop on equitable access to sustainable development (EASD) (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/INF.3/Rev.1). The workshop was held in Bonn, Germany, on 16 May 2012.  

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World Bank Releases Water Partnership Programme 2011 Annual Report [viewed]

World Bank22 August 2012: The World Bank has published the 2011 Annual Report of the Water Partnership Programme (WPP), which highlights WPP impacts on: World Bank lending; climate change effects on water access; sustainable water availability; and achieving green growth.

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World Water Week 2012 Opens with Focus on Water and Food Security [viewed]

26 August 2012: World Water Week 2012 is underway in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on the theme "Water and Food Security." The programme aims to engage participants on challenges posed by increased competition for water resources, driven in part by population growth and climate change, and its effects on agriculture and food security. World Water Week is organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

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