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29 Mar 2018 description

By Lisa Hiwasaki, Lowine Hill

Gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, and physical ability influence how individuals experience climate change and adapt to its impact. Although women, indigenous peoples, ethnic minorities, the poor, and youth contribute the least to the phenomenon of climate change (e.g., in terms of emissions of greenhouse gases), they are often the most vulnerable to its effects.

28 Mar 2018 description

After 2015, authorities proposed and implemented strategies to manage the effects of heatwaves. But are they enough?

By Zofeen T. Ebrahim

Summer has only just begun but most parts of Karachi have already started to bake.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has warned citizens to brace themselves for temperatures that are likely to be more than one degree Celsius above average.

This, however, will hardly be the first heatwave to hit the city.

In 2015, 'an unending queue of corpses'

27 Mar 2018 description

Human Rights Council
Thirty-seventh session
26 February – 23 March 2018
Agenda items 2 and 3
Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General

Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

Background and Acknowledgements

27 Mar 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Ahn Mi Young

SEOUL, Mar 27 2018 (IPS) - In the face of climate change and growing energy demand in developing countries, Ban Ki-moon, the new president and chair of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), unveiled his vision for a more sustainable path by helping countries in their transition to greener economies and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

27 Mar 2018 description
infographic World Bank

The Central Asia Hydrometeorology Modernization Project is helping build modern workstations, rehabilitate observation networks, enable access to satellite data and global computer models, and train experts on advanced software to enhance analysis, monitoring and forecasting.

27 Mar 2018 description
report World Bank

Watch the video

Highlights

  • Hydrological and meteorological (or “hydromet”) hazards are responsible for 90 percent of total disaster losses worldwide, and pose a particular threat to communities in Central Asia.

  • Improving the prediction of hydromet hazards—by getting accurate, timely predictions into the hands of decision-makers and the public—can save lives and money.

27 Mar 2018 description
report World Bank

This report highlights the principal challenges of attracting private capital to the financing of climate and natural hazards adaptation projects, and identifies concrete options to address these challenges through blended finance solutions with a focus on the agriculture sector. It is, necessarily, a high-level review of adaptation needs and related financing mechanisms, and it is not a guide on how to secure finance for adaptation projects or an investment prospectus for potential investors and fund managers.

27 Mar 2018 description

Commonwealth Secretary-General has met Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on her first official visit to New Zealand.

They spoke on a number of issues affecting the Commonwealth during their meeting at the executive wing of the Beehive, the parliament buildings, in Wellington today.

27 Mar 2018 description

Francis Daniel Bougaire is Chief Water Policy and Strategy Development Officer at the African Water Facility (AWF), a special fund hosted and administered by the African Development Bank. The AWF provides grants and technical assistance for the implementation of innovative projects within its domain. For Bougaire, promoting integrated water resources management (IWRM) is crucial for achieving inclusive, sustainable development.

What challenges does water represent, with its triple political, social and environmental aspects?

27 Mar 2018 description

Francis Daniel Bougaire est chargé en chef de la Politique et stratégie de développement dans le secteur de l’eau à la Facilité africaine de l’eau (FAE), un fonds spécial hébergé et administré par la Banque africaine de développement. La FAE octroie des dons et fournit une assistance technique afin de mettre en œuvre des projets innovants dans son domaine.

27 Mar 2018 description
report Government of Tonga

26th March, 2018 The Project Management Unit of the Green Climate Fund Readiness and Preparatory Support Program conducted its first training in Nuku’alofa , Tonga on Thursday, 22nd March, 2018

26 Mar 2018 description

Main cause of species loss; driver of the migration of millions of people by 2050

In landmark 3-year assessment report, 100+ experts outline costs, dangers and options

26 Mar 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

KARACHI, Pakistan, Mar 26 2018 (IPS) - As shifting weather patterns and extreme climates become the norm, access to climate funds are deemed essential for developing countries, such as Pakistan, that are facing the brunt of climate change.

Based on the ADB Climate Change profile of Pakistan, a number of mitigation and adaptation measures have been taken by the government using domestic resources.

25 Mar 2018 description

Press Release Number: 23032018

La Journée météorologique mondiale 2018, qui aura lieu le 23 mars, aura pour thème «Temps et climat: prêts, parés !» afin de souligner qu’il est nécessaire, pour planifier, d’être au fait des conditions météorologiques quotidiennes et des aléas tels que les inondations ainsi que de la variabilité naturelle du climat et des changements climatiques à long terme.

24 Mar 2018 description

Health Ministers and Environment Ministers, Experts, Officials and other key stakeholders from Small Island Development States (SIDS) of Africa and South East Asian regions, namely Cabo Verde, Comoros, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Reunion Island, Sao Tome and Principes and Seychelles participated in the World Health Organization (WHO) Third Global Conference on Climate Change and Health on 21-22 March 2018 in Mauritius.

24 Mar 2018 description

by Rina Chandran | @rinachandran | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 22 March 2018 01:00 GMT

Hearings to begin in landmark inquiry on whether high-emitting companies have caused human rights violations

By Rina Chandran

MANILA, March 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Veronica Cabe still remembers every minute of the more than 12 hours she and her family spent huddled on the roof of their two-storey home in Manila in 2009, as floodwaters swept past, carrying dead bodies, animal carcasses and coffins.

23 Mar 2018 description

La República Dominicana es uno de los países más vulnerables al cambio climático a nivel mundial. Un informe nacional busca medir y evaluar los avances de los objetivos plasmados los compromisos internacionales ante la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre Cambio Climático (CMNUCC).

De acuerdo al Global Climate Risk Index 2016 el país se encuentra en el undécimo lugar, mientras que Haití se encuentra entre los tres países más afectados del mundo. Esto coloca a la isla ¨La Hispaniola¨ como una de las más afectadas a nivel global.

23 Mar 2018 description

Leveraging next-generation technologies, the Government of Liberia taps the private sector to build effective climate information and early warning systems.

In Liberia, farmers are experiencing extreme weather like never before. With heavy rain and strong winds, eroding coasts and degraded soils, Liberia’s most-vulnerable communities face ever-increasing risks from climate change.

For centuries, Liberians have relied on traditional knowledge for farming. They knew it would be wet in the last half of the year, dry in the first.

23 Mar 2018 description

Weather-ready, climate-smart is the theme of this year’s World Meteorological Day on 23 March. It highlights the need for informed planning for day-to-day weather and hazards like floods as well as for naturally occurring climate variability and long-term climate change.