Every day humanitarian aid workers help millions of people around the world, regardless of who they are and where they are.
World Humanitarian Day, marked on 19 August, offers the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations an opportunity to celebrate the daily work of humanitarian responders worldwide and recognize their dedication to helping others, no matter how hard it may be. World Humanitarian Day also gives us pause to reflect on how to continue improving the humanitarian response to natural and man-made disasters and complex emergencies.
It has been the driest start to a summer in over 45 years in the UK. Yet, much of the country had water in reserve when it began, ensuring a continued safe supply for drinking and washing. Millions around the world are not that lucky: despite high rainfall, they go thirsty.
Today, Tonga launches its revised Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management. Also referred to as ‘JNAP2’, the plan plays a central role in guiding the government’s continuous efforts to build resilience to climate change and minimize disaster risks.
By Zoe Tabary
LONDON, Aug 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sierra Leone's capital Freetown must tackle deforestation, poor housing and decrepit drainage if it is to prevent the next disaster, its mayor said one year after a devastating mudslide killed an estimated 1,000 people and left thousands of others homeless.
Rapid urbanisation in the growing city is driving residents to claim "any trees and land they can find" to build homes, making landslides and flooding more likely in times of heavy rain, said Freetown Mayor Yvonne Aki Sawyerr.
Le Directeur général de la FAO invite les pays à exploiter pleinement le potentiel des sols afin de contribuer à la lutte contre le changement climatique
Concern’s commitment to leaving no one behind has increasingly taken the organisation to fragile contexts, where the devastating consequences of conflict and resulting levels of human suffering have soared in recent years.
By Tripti Agarwal, Munmun Rai and Deepak Bijarniya (CIMMYT)
At a recent workshop, women farmers from Bihar, India were trained on the benefits of climate-smart farm practices, including value addition for their products.
by Javier Manzanares | Green Climate Fund
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A strong, effective fund is needed more than ever to serve the Paris Agreement
by Sylvia Pineda
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with support from the United Nations Development Programme through the National Adaptation Plans project funded by the Green Climate Fund, will on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 launch the National Policy & Response Strategy on Climate Change at the Bella Casa Hotel in Sinkor, Monrovia.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Government of White Nile State and the Higher Council for Environment & Natural Resources (HCENR) celebrated on 31st of July the handing over of the first installment of farmers' risk insurance payouts as part of Climate Risk Financing Project supported by Least Development Countries Fund (LDCF).
Maroua, Cameroon, 14 August 2018—A total of 30 municipalities in northern Cameroon, a region badly affected by the activities of the terrorist group Boko Haram, have joined the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, being part of the 9,000 member strong grouping.
Libreville le 09 août 2018 – _Des experts africains sur les questions climatiques se sont concertés du 07 au 08 août 2018, au parc national Pongara, près de Libreville au Gabon, dans le but de valider le premierRapport sur l'état de l'adaptation en Afrique (REA)sous la coupe de l’Initiative Africaine d’Adaptation (AAI) avec l’appui du gouvernement du Gabon et du PNUD._
Patrick Pringle, Climate Analytics, Samoa
Climate change, desertification, species loss, deforestation, floods and famine – these are the very real shared challenges we are facing as a planet in the 21st century, challenges that cannot be ignored.
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FAO Director-General urges countries to scale up soils' potential to help address climate change
13 August 2018, Rio de Janeiro - Improving the health of the world's soils is essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, including Zero Hunger and combating climate change and its impacts, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, today told participants of the World Congress of Soil Science.
This study provides the first comprehensive economic assessment of the lethal potential of climate change with a method that accounts for both the benefits and costs of adaptation. The researchers’ ultimate goal is to estimate the mortality consequences of climate change, both deaths caused by extreme heat and the costs society will pay to keep people out of harm’s way, in terms of dollars per ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted.
The Pacific Islands Forum summit in Nauru next month will consider the region pooling resources to create a US$1.5 billion climate change fund.
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Hannah Reid, Marta Pérez de Madrid and Orsibal Ramírez
by Dr Maarten van Aalst, Director, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
For those of us working on the humanitarian impacts of climate change, last week provided some very gloomy reading, including a stark headline above an Economist leader that ‘The world is losing the war against climate change’.