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24 Jul 2015 description

Increased rainfall unlikely to overcome deficits in Central America, Hispaniola, and parts of West Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. A slightly delayed start to the season with sporadic light rains in recent weeks has resulted in abnormal dryness for Gambia and central areas of Senegal. Dry ground conditions have led to delayed planting and have negatively impacted livestock health.

22 Jul 2015 description

Vienna, Austria, July 22, 2015. Over 30 partner countries stand to benefit from the latest round of financing approved at the 151st Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

See the full press release

Grant funding totaling US$4.24m was also approved for the following:

16 Jul 2015 description

UNDP & UN-OHRLLS Discussion Paper

Written by Gail Hurley, Policy Specialist on Development Finance

Executive Summary

10 Jul 2015 description

Rainfall totals for the British Virgin Islands for the first half of 2015 are significantly low in comparison to previous years, resulting in substantial impact to farming grounds.

Rainfall statistics accumulated by the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) for the period January to June reveal a total of only 3.5 inches of rainfall, with the majority occurring in January and February. Comparing the same period in 2014, rainfall totals were at 13.5 inches.

11 May 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Desmond Brown

FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, May 9 2015 (IPS) - Caribbean leaders on Saturday further advanced their policy position on climate change ahead of the 21st Conference of Parties, also known as COP 21, scheduled for Paris during November and December of this year.

The position of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), 14 independent countries, was put forward by the group’s chairman, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, during a meeting here with French President François Hollande.

08 Apr 2015 description

Rafael Salinas, subsecretario técnico de la Secretaría de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional (SESAN), participó el jueves 26 de marzo en el lanzamiento del programa Mesoamérica sin Hambre (MsH), evento que se llevó a cabo en la ciudad de Guatemala.

03 Apr 2015 description

Nuestro compromiso con la sostenibilidad

03 Apr 2015 description

Our Commitment to Sustainability

Long-term economic growth and the reduction of poverty and inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean depend on development that is both socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. Recognizing this, at the IDB, we have made a commitment to maximizing positive environmental and social outcomes of our work, while minimizing risks and negative impacts to people and natural capital. Our Annual Sustainability Report provides a summary of our advances

03 Apr 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues to develop in central Ethiopia and bi-modal Tanzania

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Despite an increase in rainfall during the last week, ground moisture remains below average parts of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Moderate to heavy rains are forecast in southern and western Ethiopia, while below-average rainfall is expected in the central parts of the country during the next week.

27 Mar 2015 description

El país participará en el Programa Regional “Mesoamérica sin Hambre” y así cumplir la meta de erradicar el hambre antes del año 2025*

Guatemala, 26 de marzo de 2015. Hoy se realizó el lanzamiento del programa “Mesoamérica sin Hambre: Marcos institucionales más efectivos para mejorar la agricultura familiar y la seguridad alimentaria y nutricional”, que fortalecerá los marcos institucionales locales, nacionales y regionales para que todos los habitantes de Guatemala y la región ejerzan su derecho a la alimentación.

24 Mar 2015 description

A large-scale tsunami response exercise will take place in the Caribbean on 25 March. The purpose of this exercise is to test the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, established in 2005 under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO). It is designed to evaluate the response capacity of Caribbean countries and adjacent regions* in the event of a dangerous tsunami. The organizers** of the test have prepared two scenarii.

13 Mar 2015 description
report World Bank, GFDRR


• A $1.15 million grant from GFDRR and the Africa Caribbean Pacific-European Union National Disaster Risk Reduction (ACP-EU NDRR) program supported development of Belize’s National Climate Resilience Investment Plan (NCRIP) to help identify and prioritize mitigation investments in the country.
It resulted in the development of its first comprehensive national strategy to address climate resilience.

13 Mar 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues in much of southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia. Dry weather is expected to continue during the next week, which is likely to increase moisture deficits in the region.

10 Mar 2015 description
report World Bank, GFDRR


• In 2009, a $150,000 grant from GFDRR enabled the World Bank to galvanize over $200 million in disaster risk reduction investments in the Eastern Caribbean such as coastal protection, strengthening of schools and health clinics, improved drainage systems, and slope stabilization.

06 Mar 2015 description

La voluntad y el compromiso político son clave para reducir el hambre y la pobreza en Centroamérica y República Dominicana

Los siete países de Centroamérica y República Dominicana han reducido el número total de personas que sufre hambre de 9 millones de personas en 1990-92 a 7,2 millones en 2012-2014.

06 Mar 2015 description

Heavy rainfall continues in Malawi, Madagascar; seasonal rainfall slow to start in southwestern Ethiopia

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since mid-December, consistently heavy rainfall has occurred over southern Malawi and central/ northern Mozambique. Above-average rain forecast for the next week will keep flooding risks elevated.

27 Feb 2015 description

Dryness continues across much of southern Africa, flooding risks remain over Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since mid-December, consistently heavy rainfall has occurred over southern Malawi and central/ northern Mozambique. Above-average rain forecast for the next week will keep flooding risks elevated. 2 Poorly distributed rainfall has resulted in mid-season dryness across eastern Botswana, northern South Africa, central/southern Mozambique, and central/southern Zimbabwe. Dryness is forecast to continue next week.

19 Feb 2015 description

San Salvador - El Sistema de la Integración Centroamérica (SICA) y el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD), con el apoyo de la Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID), firmaron hoy el acuerdo para iniciar la implementación del proyecto “Seguridad Integral y Prevención de la Violencia que afecta a niños, niñas, adolescentes y jóvenes en Centroamérica”.

06 Feb 2015 description


33 Chagas disease in Latin America: an epidemiological update based on 2010 estimates

43 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January– November 2014


33 Maladie de Chagas en Amérique latine: le point épidémiologique basé sur les estimations de 2010

43 Rapport mensuel des cas de dracunculose, janvier-novembre 2014