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In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report describing the global landscape in 2040. The authors predicted severe food shortages, devastating wildfires and the dying off of coral reefs en masse. The report warns that, by 2040, global temperatures are expected to rise 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, meaning that most people alive today will see the dramatic effects of climate change within their lifetime.
13 NOVEMBER 2018
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL-PEACEBUILDING COMMISSION JOINT MEETING (AM)
One of the world’s most environmentally degraded areas, the Sahel is suffering from a rise in intercommunal conflict over resources depleted by desertification, drought and other climatic extremes, speakers told a joint meeting of the Economic and Social Council and the Peacebuilding Commission today.
With Small Island Developing States (SIDS) bearing the brunt of economic losses from climate change, making them more resilient to extreme weather events must be a priority, said Inga Rhonda King, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), speaking at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday.
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 13 2018 (IPS) - A new landmark initiative aims to make quality data and tools available to the international community in order to combat an “existential crisis”: land degradation.
The Land Degradation Neutrality Initiative (LDN), launched by United Nations-backed partnership the Group of Earth Observations (GEO), aims to put data directly into the hands of local and national decision makers to help stop and reverse environmental degradation.
SG/SM/19338 12 NOVEMBER 2018
Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ address to the Paris Peace Forum, in Paris today:
Ten years ago, in 2008, Lazare Ponticelli, the last known French veteran of the Great War, died at the age of 110. Every year on 11 November, Mr. Ponticelli, an Italian immigrant, honoured the promise he had made to his comrades who had died too young on the battlefield. He used to visit his local war memorial to remember them.
LIBREVILLE, 9th November 2018 – African ministers of health and environment agreed today on a 10-year strategic plan to increase investment and accelerate joint health and environment priorities.
The Strategic Action Plan to Scale Up Health and Environment Interventions in Africa 2019 – 2029 to the African Union was adopted at the closing of the Third Interministerial Conference on Health and Environment held in the Gabonese capital from 6 to 9 November.
Gabriel Mabikina has lived most of his 80 years of life in the bustling port city of Pointe-Noire in the Republic of Congo.
The retired businessman is a community leader and he has noticed many changes in his city.
“In the neighborhoods there are a lot of mosquitoes,”Mr Mabikina recently told health workers. “A lot, lot, lot of mosquitoes.”
This is a message from UN Environment’s Executive Director Erik Solheim to mark the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.
Nearly 1.5 billion people, over 20 per cent of the world’s population, live in conflict-affected areas and fragile states.
War and armed conflict present a risk for humanity and other forms of life on our planet. Too many lives, and species, are at stake.
Times of war can result in rapid environmental degradation as people struggle to survive and environmental management systems break down resulting in damage to critical ecosystems.
For over six decades, armed conflicts have occurred in more than two-thirds of the world’s biodiversity hotspots thus posing critical threats to conservation efforts.
By Corrie Sissons and Daniel Pasquini
Climate change and ongoing conflicts have made Pre-Crisis Market Analysis (PCMA) an essential feature of Oxfam’s humanitarian work. Corrie Sissons and Daniel Pasquini share how PCMA exercises have helped Oxfam to respond effectively in two very different contexts.
Seven to eleven tropical cyclones have been forecasted for the Southwest Pacific region, and three to four for the Northwest Pacific. This is according to the ‘Regional Statement on the Climate of 2017/18 and Climate and Tropical Cyclone Outlook for the Pacific Islands’ that was officially released two weeks ago as an outcome of the Fourth Pacific Islands Climate Outlook Forum (PICOF-4) held from 10-12 October 2018, in Nadi, Fiji.
Apia Outcome to serve as basis of Samoa Pathway Midterm Review in September 2019
Apia, SAMOA — Facing the increased effects of climate change, natural disasters, and the outsized impacts of global economic shocks on small economies, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) resolved to strengthen their efforts to achieve sustainable development at the conclusion of a three-day meeting that ended this week in Apia, Samoa.
The Climate Centre this week represented the IFRC at a workshop in Geneva aimed at helping the farm sector globally promote climate resilience.
DUBAI, Oct 31 2018 (WAM) - Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, today announced that the UAE will contribute US$1.5 million annually for the period 2019 to 2021, cumulatively amounting to US$4.5 million, to fund the projects carried out by the Global Green Growth Institute, GGGI.
The announcement was made at the GGGI’s Assembly and Council, held at the South Korean capital, Seoul. Dr. Al-Zeyoudi led the UAE delegation that participated at the assembly.
Majority of the world’s cities highly exposed to disasters, UN DESA warns on World Cities Day
30 October 2018, New York
Close to three in five cities worldwide with at least 500,000 inhabitants are at high risk of a natural disaster, cautions UN DESA in its latest data booklet, The World’s Cities in 2018. Collectively, these cities are home to 1.4 billion people or around one third of the world’s urban population.
31 October 2018, Bangkok - In a unique partnership, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is connecting experts on coastal and river management from Deltares, a Dutch knowledge institute, with vulnerable nations in the Pacific and Africa as they develop new proposals for climate finance and build ecosystems-based climate change adaptation plans.
by Bruce Dunn and Cristina R. Velez
Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C., 30 October 2018
Thank you, Maureen.
I do feel honoured to be here at SAIS today. Thank you for inviting me.
I admire your commitment to developing the next generation of leaders in international affairs.
We live in a world where pretty much everyone can see pretty much everything almost everywhere, pretty much all the time. Everything and everyone is inter-connected.
The migration of some 1.4 million people every week to cities around the world “can strain local capacities, contributing to increased risk from natural and human made disasters’” according to the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.
In his message for World Cities Day, celebrated annually on 31 October, Mr. Guterres stressed that “hazards do not need to become disasters.”