Asia

UNGA Meets Informally on Refugee Crisis [viewed]

unga7019 November 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held an informal meeting on advancing a comprehensive response to the global humanitarian and refugee crisis. Participants discussed: providing protection including through third-country resettlement; ensuring adequate and predictable financing; and increasing support to receiving countries. Many said it is not possible to continue business-as-usual in humanitarian affairs, and welcomed the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit.

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UNFCCC Compiles Annex I Parties' Reporting on Minimizing Impacts of Response Measures [viewed]

UNFCCC17 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a paper (FCCC/WEB/ART314/2015) compiling the information provided by Annex I Parties that are Parties to the Kyoto Protocol on efforts to minimize the adverse impacts associated with response measures, in accordance with Article 3.14 of the Protocol. According to the paper, 17 Parties submitted information in 2015 on minimizing these impacts in their National Inventory Reports (NIRs), with nine presenting major changes and/or additional information.

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WorldRisk Report 2015: Food Insecurity Increases Disaster Risk [viewed]

UNU17 November 2015: 
The UN University (UNU) has launched a report addressing the consequences of extreme natural events in 171 countries, and the connection between food security and disaster risk. Upon the report's launch, Peter Mucke, Managing Director of the WorldRiskReport 2015, said crises and disasters cause hunger, the “catastrophic effects of natural hazards” can be decreased by ensuring that people are fed, and hungry people are more vulnerable to disasters, wars and conflicts.

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WHO Calls for Strong Climate Agreement to Protect Health [viewed]

WHO17 November 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a statement urging countries to consider the impacts of climate change on human health during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, in order to reduce climate-related deaths and protect future generations' health. WHO has also released a first set of climate change and health country profiles to support negotiators in considering health issues during COP 21.

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CCAFS Outlines Six Steps to Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

CCAFSNovember 2015: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has pubished a booklet on six steps needed to achieve climate resilience in agriculture while also reducing agricultural emissions. Using examples from five years of CCAFS research, the booklet lays out how actions on disseminating technology, promoting insurance, delivering climate forecasts, enhancing national enabling environments, informing global policies and processes, and scaling up investments in climate smart-agriculture contribute to making the world's poorest farmers more climate resilient.

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Arab Countries Agree on Roadmap to Implement Sendai Framework [viewed]

unisdr_arab13 November 2015: The Arab region agreed on a roadmap for implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 in order to reduce disaster losses, and which is intended to revitalize the disaster risk coordination mechanism established in 2007 by the League of Arab States. More than 120 participants representing governments, cities, academia, civil society, youth and international organizations met in Cairo, Egypt, to launch an Arab Strategy for DRR specific to the region's needs and priorities and aligned with the Sendai Framework's targets.

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G20 Summit Discusses 2030 Agenda, COP 21 [viewed]

g20-turkey16 November 2015: At the Antalya Summit, leaders from the Group of 20 (G20) discussed inclusiveness, investment and implementation – themes based on the Turkish Presidency's priorities – as well as sustainable development and climate change in the run-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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Event: 2nd ISDR Asia Partnership Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

This meeting will discuss substantive preparations of the Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016 to be held in New Delhi, India, from 14-17 November 2016. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss issues related to implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) at the regional, national and local levels. The ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP) aims to, inter alia, support the political leadership of the regional platform through the ministerial conferences, and improve regional coordination and coherence through experience sharing. IAP members have stressed the need for transforming the IAP to support implementation of the Sendai Framework. The meeting is being organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP).  

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Business, Civil Society Leaders Call for Securing Ambitious Long-term Goal in Paris [viewed]

thebteam16 November 2015: A group of business and civil society leaders, led by the B Team, issued an open letter to Heads of State in support of an ambitious climate change agreement. In the letter, they request that the existing commitment by Parties to the UNFCCC to limit global average temperature increase to 2°C above pre-industrial levels be translated into an actionable long-term goal at the UN Paris Climate Change Conference.

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UN-REDD Programme Concludes 15th Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

unredd11 November 2015: Three new National Programmes were presented by Chile, Myanmar and Peru at the 15th meeting of the UN-REDD Programme's Policy Board, held from 9-10 November 2015, in San José, Costa Rica. Support for the 2016-2020 phase of the Programme was reaffirmed by its three collaborating UN agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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