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26 Jun 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

INTRODUCTION

70 YEARS AND COUNTING

Seven decades ago, the world was recovering from a devastating world war. For millions of child survivors of that war, peace still encompassed a landscape of significant challenges and damaged futures. UNICEF was created to help those children – no matter who they were, no matter where they were from. The only thing that mattered for the nascent organization was achieving results for children in need.

04 May 2017 description

Sequía. Enfermedades. Terremotos. Huracanes. Más de 10,6 millones de personas en América Latina y el Caribe fueron afectadas por estos desastres en 2016.

Cada emergencia presentó sus propios desafíos, se tratara de los medios de vida afectados, la seguridad de las familias forzadas a huir de la violencia, el creciente riesgo de enfermedades transmitidas por vectores o la magnitud de grandes desastres como el terremoto en Ecuador (abril 2016) y el Huracán Matthew en el Caribe (octubre de 2016).

04 May 2017 description

Drought. Disease. Earthquakes. Hurricanes. More than 10.6 million people across Latin America and the Caribbean were affected by these disasters in 2016.

Each emergency presented its own set of challenges, whether it was addressing affected livelihoods, the safety of families forced to flee from violence, the growing risk of vector-borne diseases or the sheer scale of major disasters such as the earthquake in Ecuador (April 2016) and Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean (October 2016).

07 Jan 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Mario Osava

APODI, Brazil, Jan 6 2017 (IPS) - In his 76 years of life, Raimundo Pinheiro de Melo has endured a number of droughts in Brazil’s semi-arid Northeast region. And he remembers every one of them since 1958.

05 Jan 2017 description
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This website allows you to explore how different scenarios of global greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change could change the geography of food insecurity in developing and least-developed countries. By altering the levels of future global greenhouse gas emissions and/or the levels of adaptation, you can see how vulnerability to food insecurity changes over time, and compare and contrast these different future scenarios with each other and the present day.

22 Dec 2016 description
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Antecedentes e introducción

En marzo de 2015 se llevó a cabo la Tercera Conferencia Mundial de las Naciones Unidas sobre la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres, realizada en Sendai, Japón. En ella los Estados Miembros de las Naciones Unidas acordaron y adoptaron el Marco de Sendai para la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres 2015-2030. Este marco es el principal instrumento orientador para la gestión del riesgo de desastres (GRD) en los países y tiene un renovado sentido de urgencia en el contexto del desarrollo sostenible y de la erradicación de la pobreza.

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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Chapters & Literature

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

Introduction

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

Synopsis

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.

Commentary

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