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
Lubango - Studies of the food Resilience and Nutrition Security Programme in Angola (FRESAN) conducted in 2018 indicate that over 1.1 million Angolans living in the southern provinces of Huíla, Namibe and Cunene are affected by drought as a result of the climate change phenomenon.
Such number represents 12 percent of the rural population of Huíla, 99 percent of Namibe and 97 percent of the inhabitants in the rural areas of Cunene.
Addis Ababa January 18/2019 Three UN entities continue implementing a capacity development project to support Ethiopia’s coherence policy formulation for sustainable development goals in four areas.
The United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) yesterday hosted a day-long workshop in Addis Ababa.
By Saleemul Huq
Jan 16 2019 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh) - At the beginning of January 2019 Bangladesh started to take the required steps to become a climate resilient country by 2030 by achieving transformational adaptation to climate change impacts.
While there are many strands to fulfil this important strategy, one of the first is to generate, disseminate and use good quality scientific knowledge so that the process is a rigorous learning-by-doing one.
By Emilio Godoy
FELIPE CARRILLO PUERTO, Mexico, Jan 17 2019 (IPS) - “I couldn’t plant my cornfield in May, because it rained too early. I lost everything,” lamented Marcos Canté, an indigenous farmer, as he recounted the ravages that climate change is wreaking on this municipality on Mexico’s Caribbean coast.
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.
Dans la région de Gao, au nord du Mali, Adoum regarde son téléphone. Il est temps d'aller à la recherche de pâturages plus verts pour son troupeau. Il a quelques idées en tête, mais il lui faut d'abord rassembler plus d'informations avant de se lancer dans un voyage de plusieurs semaines.
In the Northern Malian region of Gao, Adoum looks at his phone. It’s time to go find greener pastures for his herd. He has a few spots in mind but needs to gather more information before embarking on the weeks-long journey.
In the Sahel, climate change has translated into more frequent, longer drought spells that threaten the resilience capacity of nomadic livestock pastoralists like Adoum. Freshwater points are scarce during the dry season and many animals are at risk of dying before reaching the next oasis.
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.
Como resultado del fenómeno climático El Niño y los efectos del cambio climático, la ausencia de lluvias en Centroamerica durante el periodo de floración de la primera siembra de granos básicos (segunda quincena de julio) ha aumentado en las últimas dos décadas tanto en frecuencia como intensidad.
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
By Reaz Haider
This report is produced by UNB United News of Bangladesh and IPS Inter Press Service.
DHAKA, Bangladesh, Jan 15 2019 (UNB and IPS) - As a country with a large coastline, the adverse impacts of saltwater intrusion are significant in Bangladesh. Salinity mainly affects land and water in the coastal areas.
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 Tharanga Yakupitiyage and IPS Correspondent
A country that has contributed least to global climate change now has to cope with and adapt to the very real effects they are faced with.
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 15 2019 (IPS) - The landlocked country of Mongolia sparks certain images in the mind—rolling hills with horses against a picturesque backdrop.
However, the East Asian country is facing a threat that will change its landscape: climate change.
"We need to be thinking about everything we build in the context of mitigating climate-change impact," says urban architect
By Rina Chandran
BANGKOK, Jan 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Bangkok's oldest university called for ideas for a symbol to mark its centenary year, landscape architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom successfully pitched a design for a park.
We aim to increase resilience of protected areas in the Amazon biome, to create livelihoods for communities in the midst of a changing climate scenario.