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- Vital protection for refugee and migrant children making perilous sea journeys to Europe urgently needed
- World Economic Forum 2019 Annual Meeting launching a new Humanitarian Investing Initiative
- UNHCR appalled at news of refugee and migrant deaths on Mediterranean Sea
- Bachelet appeals for record funds to support UN human rights work in “an era of great turbulence.”
- EU increases its humanitarian assistance – record budget adopted for 2019
This report evaluates the impact of the disasters and extreme weather events that occurred worldwide during 2018 and provides an overview of global economic losses.
The report reveals that there were 394 natural hazard events in 2018 that generated economic losses of USD 225 billion – of which USD 215 billion was attributed to weather-related events. 2017 and 2018 were named the costliest back-to-back years for weather disasters on record.
By Tharanga Yakupitiyage
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 22 2019 (IPS) - One month on since the Global Compact for Migration was approved, civil society has highlighted the need to turn words into action, supporting those who have been displaced or forced to migrate as a result of environmental degradation.
British research has found that mega storms are three times more common than they were 35 years ago due to climate change.
UK aid, from DFID, is driving British-led analysis from the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in Oxfordshire and other global experts to track these storms, how powerful they are becoming, and why they are occurring more regularly.
This analysis is being used to identify the most vulnerable areas of Burkina Faso and Senegal that are likely to be hit by mega storms.
In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its Special Report on the Implications of 1.5 degrees warming (SR 1.5), and shortly thereafter UN Environment published its 2018 Emissions Gap Report. The SR 1.5 concludes that the projected impacts of 2 degrees warming are more dangerous than initially thought and brings us closer to several critical tipping points. The report also cautions that we have only 12 years for drastic action if we are to have any chance of achieving the 1.5 degrees’ target.
J'étais il y a peu à Tombouctou (Mali), où j'ai rencontré des familles qui n'avaient pas de quoi se nourrir faute de récoltes suffisantes et qui avaient perdu plusieurs de leurs enfants, tués par des engins explosifs improvisés. J'ai été bouleversé par leur immense souffrance et leurs conditions de vie extrêmement précaires.
Au terme de ma visite en Afrique de l'Ouest, je me rendrai directement au Forum économique mondial de Davos pour sensibiliser les décideurs présents à la tragédie humaine qui se déroule au Sahel.
Oxfam defines resilience as ‘the ability of women and men to realize their rights and improve their wellbeing despite shocks, stresses and uncertainty’.
Climate change threatens to increase temperatures across Central Asia by 4 degrees Celsius or more by the end of the century, bringing increasingly frequent and severe impacts from extreme weather.
Improving weather, climate and hydrological services—by putting accurate, timely and understandable predictions into the hands of decision-makers and the public—can save lives and guide forward-looking investments.
Objective: to provide a climate-related security risk assessment and options for climate risk management strategies in Central Asia.
In Timbuktu, Mali this month I met with families without food whose crops have failed and whose children have been killed by improvised explosive devices (IED). I couldn't help but be moved by the deep levels of people's suffering; too many are living on a knife's edge.
From West Africa I travel straight to Davos, Switzerland to impress upon leaders at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting the reality of human suffering in the Sahel.
by Julie Arrighi, Climate Centre, Nairobi
The first of a 2019 series of high-level round tables on the interconnected vulnerabilities and impacts of climate and conflict was held in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, yesterday, amid heightened security after the attack in the city earlier this week.
The Global Appeal 2019 Update provides information for governments, private donors, partners and other readers interested in UNHCR’s priorities and budgeted activities for 2019 to protect and improve the lives of tens of millions of people of concern: refugees, internally displaced people, returnees, stateless persons, and others of concern. It highlights the challenges faced by UNHCR and its partners in attempting to respond to multiple life-threatening crises and ever-growing humanitarian needs.
UNHCR IN 2019
WASHINGTON, 15 janvier 2019 – Le Groupe de la Banque mondiale a lancé aujourd’hui son Plan d’action sur l’adaptation au changement climatique et la résilience (a). Ce plan prévoit de porter le soutien financier direct aux mesures d’adaptation à 50 milliards de dollars sur les exercices 2021 à 2025. Soit un niveau de financement de 10 milliards de dollars par an en moyenne qui vient doubler les montants alloués sur la période 2015-2018.
This report highlights the results achieved during fiscal year 2018. It provides an overview of GFDRR’s activities as implemented in countries across its eight areas of engagement. The report also outlines GFDRR’s contribution to the global resilience agenda over the period, and its efforts to develop innovative solutions, tools, and analytical products for strengthening the global knowledge base for disaster risk management.
CIUDAD DE WASHINGTON, 15 de enero de 2019. El Grupo Banco Mundial puso hoy en marcha su Plan de Acción de Adaptación al Cambio Climático y Resiliencia (i). Con este plan, incrementará el financiamiento destinado de manera directa a proyectos de adaptación al cambio climático hasta alcanzar los USD 50 000 millones en el período que va del ejercicio de 2021 al de 2025.
World Bank Group Announces $50 billion over Five Years for Climate Adaptation and Resilience
According to the World Meteorological Organization, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 were the four hottest years on record since 1880 (NOAA, 2018; WMO, 2018). Such rising temperatures are expected to affect agricultural systems significantly and also strain food production (WEF, 2018). It is critical for the 2.5 billion people worldwide depending on agriculture and its subsectors – i.e. crop, livestock, fisheries and forestry − as their main source of livelihoods (FAO, 2017).
By Peter Lüthi
Peter Lüthi is in Communications at the Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development, Zurich
ZURICH, Switzerland, Jan 8 2019 (IPS) - The unusually hot summer of 2018 showed that climate change affects a central part of our lives: agriculture. The severe drought in Liechtenstein led to large losses in the hay harvest.
In countries of the Global South, the consequences of climate change are already much more drastic. In Africa, for example, extreme weather conditions threaten food security for millions of people.
The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants states that “migration should be a choice, not a necessity”. However, there are countless groups of forced and involuntary migrants, including refugees, stateless persons, people who are trafficked and those internally displaced by disasters and conflict.