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07 Feb 2018 description

Breaking down the silos between humanitarian and development actors to address recurrent crises

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — The Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Achim Steiner and the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock concluded a three-day joint mission to Ethiopia by urging all stakeholders to increase cooperation to withstand humanitarian and climate-related crises.

26 Oct 2017 description



A changing climate and rapidly increasing exposure to disaster risk presents the world with an unprecedented challenge.

29 Sep 2017 description

UNDP highlights success stories in gender-responsive climate resilience

Women will play an essential role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, protecting our planet’s natural resources, and building a climate-resilient future for generations to come, according to case studies and analysis presented in a new Gender Impact website from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

03 May 2017 description

by Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Head of Climate Change Adaptation, Global Environmental Finance Unit, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP

This post is part of a series from UNDP experts sharing their views and experiences in the lead up to the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction taking place in May and the World Reconstruction Conference in June.

The world is seeing its worst humanitarian crisis since 1945. Right now, over 20 million people are at risk of starvation.

We are at a crossroads.

11 Apr 2017 description

Weather insurance, water harvesting, diverse cash crops, land management, new technologies and community-based approaches enhance Ethiopia’s resilience to climate change

Rain-fed agriculture is becoming risky business for farmers in Ethiopia. Droughts have become more frequent and nowadays Ethiopia contends with one of the most serious climatic shocks in recorded history.

28 Mar 2017 description

Apiyeiw Akwor is the sole bread winner in her household. Her husband died some nine years ago, and now Apiyeiw raises her two children on her own. Apiyeiw’s life is hard. And continued hurdles from climate change – recent droughts caused by El Niño, land degradation, changing rainfall patterns – make it even harder.

Apiyeiw used to plant sorghum and maize along the banks of the Baro River – relying on rains to water the crops. But she never got much more than four quintals (about 400kg) per harvest.

26 Jan 2017 description

The 2015-2016 El Niño phenomenon has been one of the strongest on record, affecting deeply the lives and livelihoods of more than 60 million people across 40 countries. It has devastated crops and killed livestock, in some cases dried up water-sources in others caused massive flooding, driven up malnutrition rates, increased disease outbreaks and caused significant migration.

06 Sep 2016 description

As countries in the Greater Horn of Africa deal with El Niño and prepare for La Niña, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) convened the Forty Third Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF43) on 30-31 May 2016 in Naivasha, Kenya with the support of the UN Development Programme, World Bank, USAID, UK MET and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

10 Mar 2016 description

Addressing climate variability and change through no-regrets actions for resilience

El Niño refers to a warming of the central and eastern Pacific every three to seven years, which affects trade winds, in turn affecting the atmosphere and weather patterns.