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24 Oct 2016 description

Geneva, 19 October 2016 – The World Meteorological Organization is forecasting that the weather over large parts of the world will be influenced by cool-neutral to weak La Niña conditions over the coming few months.

23 Sep 2016 description

23/09/2016 New Delhi, India – With 42 percent of the world’s population, the group of countries that make up the BRICS are in a position to shape agricultural policies that would strengthen global food security and transform rural societies and livelihoods, Kundhavi Kadiresan, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said today.

30 Aug 2016 description
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Hundreds of Millions Face Health Risk as Water Pollution Rises Across Three Continents

07 Aug 2016 description
report World Bank

Water resource management needs to be improved to meet the growing demand for drinking water and for water used in the agricultural and energy sectors

If Brazil has nearly a fifth of the world’s water reserves, then why are water shortages so often in the news lately?

There are many answers to that question, ranging from the way in which water resources are geographically distributed and the degradation of the areas surrounding river basins to climate change and poor supply infrastructure.

04 Aug 2016 description

The El Niño 2015-16 in the Context of Past El Niños

The 2015/16 El Niño Event

An El Niño event was officially declared in March 2015, gaining in intensity until it reached its peak in December 2015. The event came to an end in May 2016, becoming one the strongest on record, together with the El Niños of 1982-83 and 1997-98.

01 Aug 2016 description

A La Niña event may develop in the third quarter of this year, but it is likely to be weak. It is not expected to match up to the moderate to strong La Niña of 2010-2011 and will not compare to the intensity of the El Niño event which just ended and which was one of the strongest on record, according to a new Update from the World Meteorological Organization.

13 Jul 2016 description


For over a decade, the Global Risks Report series has shed light on the increasing interconnectedness and rapidly evolving nature of global risks. As of its 2015 edition, the Report has put forward actionable solutions to address global risks, the scope of which is beyond the domain of just one actor.

16 Jun 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

By Orlando Milesi and Marianela Jarroud

This article is published ahead of the World Day to Combat Desertification, celebrated Jun. 17.

SANTIAGO, Jun 15 2016 (IPS) - Curbing soil degradation is essential for ecological sustainability and food security in Latin America and the Caribbean.

10 May 2016 description
report Caritas

Cáritas. 10 de mayo de 2016.- En el marco de la presencia activa de Cáritas Española en la actividad de la Red Eclesial Panamazónica (REPAM), Sonia Olea, técnica del Equipo de Incidencia y Comunicación, está participando en la Escuela para la Promoción, Defensa y Exigibilidad de Derechos Humanos en la Pan Amazonía, que tiene lugar desde el pasado 11 de abril en la ciudad de Coca, en la región amazónica de Ecuador.

29 Apr 2016 description

Nairobi, 29 April 2016 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched its 2015 Annual Report website and print edition in all six UN languages. The report showcases many of UNEP’s big results of the last year – from key work in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement to securing investor pledges to decarbonize $600 billion worth of assets under management – and zooms in on projects helping communities in countries like Colombia and Cambodia to adapt to climate change and develop sustainable livelihoods.

20 Apr 2016 description

No. 090/2016 dated 20 April 2016

By Mely Caballero-Anthony and Jonatan A. Lassa


Millions of people are at risk of hunger, starvation and diseases as a result of the onset of the unusually strong El-Nino since 2015 till now. But efforts in disaster risk preparedness and climate change adaptation have been haphazard. There is urgency for action to avert more catastrophic consequences of new climate patterns.


14 Apr 2016 description

Este documento analiza las crisis registradas en América Latina y el Caribe durante 2015, así como la respuesta por parte de la Oficina de Coordinación de Asuntos Humanitarios - Oficina Regional para América Latina y el Caribe (OCHA ROLAC).

También recoge las actividades relacionadas con preparación frente a desastres, así como los eventos desarrollados con socios estratégicos que significaron un avance en busca de una mejor coordinación para una respuesta humanitaria eficiente.

14 Apr 2016 description

This document reviews the major emergencies in 2015 and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (OCHA ROLAC) response.

It also includes details of the disaster preparedness activities and joint ventures with strategic partners that represented innovations in better coordination for effective humanitarian response.

22 Mar 2016 description

América Latina posee una enorme riqueza de recursos forestales e hídricos que debe proteger para erradicar el hambre y lograr los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible

03 Mar 2016 description
  • Severe weather, including heavy rains and strong winds, affected southern Brazil over the last few days, causing floods especially in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Local media reported five fatalities and hundreds of people homeless in the state of Rio de Janeiro, due to floods and landslides.
  • Over the next 48 h, thunderstorms with locally heavy rains may still affect south-eastern Brazil, including the state of Rio de Janeiro.
18 Feb 2016 description
report The New York Times

FEB. 18, 2016

The global public health emergency involving deformed babies emerged in 2015, the hottest year in the historical record, with an outbreak in Brazil of a disease transmitted by heat-loving mosquitoes. Can that be a coincidence?

12 Jan 2016 description


  • 13 millones de personas han sido afectadas por desastres a lo largo de 2015.

  • Un estudio de ACNUR identifica a la violencia y la falta de protección por parte de las autoridades como causa de la huida de muchas mujeres desde El Salvador, Guatemala,
    Honduras y México.

  • El Niño durante 2015 ha sido considerado entre los más fuertes desde 1950 y varios países e instituciones regionales han implementado medidas para enfrentar sus efectos negativos.

12 Jan 2016 description


  • 13 million people were affected by disasters during 2015.

  • A study conducted by UNHCR points to violence and lack of protection by the authorities as reasons of why women are fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

  • El Niño in 2015 has been considered among the strongest since 1950 and several countries and regional institutions implement measures to address its negative effects.

05 Jan 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

By Fabiana Frayssinet

BUENOS AIRES, Jan 4 2016 (IPS) - The flooding that has affected four South American countries has underscored the need for an integrated approach to addressing the causes and effects of climate change.

Above and beyond joint emergency response plans, global warming poses common problems like deforestation and the management of shared rivers.

Some 180,000 people have been evacuated since the worst flooding in years hit the region over the year-end holidays.

31 Dec 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

Por Fabiana Frayssinet

BUENOS AIRES, 30 dic 2015 (IPS) - Las inundaciones que afectan a cuatro países sudamericanos dejaron en evidencia la necesidad de combatir de manera integrada las causas y los efectos del cambio climático.

Más allá de planes conjuntos de emergencia, el recalentamiento planetario los enfrenta a problemas comunes como la deforestación y el manejo de sus cuencas hidrográficas compartidas, entre otros.