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18 Oct 2017 description

When most people think about climate change, they think about extreme weather patterns, global warming and rising sea levels. Many people are aware that there are also numerous ways in which climate change negatively effects people’s health, including the resurgence of many vector and water borne diseases, malnutrition and respiratory diseases. But there is another subset of climate related health effects which, while perhaps less well-known, is also extremely prevalent and destructive: the impacts of climate change on mental health.

26 Sep 2017 description

Los desastres y epidemias que azotaron las Américas recientemente demuestran la necesidad de una mayor preparación

Washington, DC, 25 de septiembre de 2017 (OPS/OMS) - Los huracanes que devastaron partes del Caribe y los terremotos que causaron muertes en México ,ocuparon hoy un lugar central en la apertura de la 29ª Conferencia Sanitaria Panamericana de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS), que reúne hasta el viernes en Washington, DC, a los ministros y altas autoridades de Salud de las Américas.

21 Sep 2017 description
report UN News Service

21 September 2017 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, Jovenel Moise, President of Haiti, expressed deep commitment to the environmental targets in the global goals on sustainable development and said his island nation is seeking to build its resilience against the natural disasters and extreme weather events that consistently beleaguer its people and other countries in the Caribbean.

20 Sep 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

Por Desmond Brown

SAINT JOHN, 20 sep 2017 (IPS) - A medida que el huracán María arrasa en el Caribe, aparecen lentamente los últimos datos sobre el número de muertos y el grado de devastación dejado a su paso por Dominica.

María tocó tierra en esa diminuta isla caribeña de 72.000 habitantes en la tarde del 18 de septiembre, con vientos máximos de casi 257 kilómetros por hora.

19 Sep 2017 description

Vienna, Austria, September 19, 2017. The 160th Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved nearly US$250 million of new development funding to benefit developing countries across the globe.

13 Sep 2017 description

Colombo, 12 September 2017 – The inception workshop of the Climate Resilient Integrated Water Management Project, which was developed by the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment with the technical assistance of the UNDP Sri Lanka was held today in Colombo.

This is one of the first projects financed by the newly established Green Climate Fund, with a funding envelope of USD 38.08 Million, which will be utilized to serve climate vulnerable communities in three river basins of Sri Lanka’s Dry Zone, Mi Oya, Yan Oya, and Malwathu Oya.

07 Sep 2017 description

Male, Maldives, 7 September 2017: In recognition of the immense and increasing public health risks caused by climate change, Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region today unanimously endorsed the Malé Declaration, committing to build health systems able to anticipate, respond to, cope with, recover from and adapt to climate-related shocks and stress.

06 Sep 2017 description

By Inna Lazareva

YAOUNDE, Sept 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Experience gained taming West Africa's Ebola outbreak is helping Sierra Leone deal with its recent mudslide disaster, but urgent action is needed to prevent future catastrophes, experts say.

As more bodies are unearthed after the mid-August mountain collapse in Regent on the outskirts of the capital Freetown, thousands of people who lost their homes require emergency accommodation and longer-term help to recover, aid workers say.

28 Aug 2017 description

Las comunas de Santa Elena, La Paz, San Gustavo, San José de Feliciano y Federal se unieron impulsados por el Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD), señalaron este domingo desde el organismo provincial.

22 Jul 2017 description

Country Priorities

In Rwanda, ACORD’s overarching goal is to engage communities in the construction of a just and equitable society where people coexist in peace and dignity, and become responsible for their own development. The objective is to strengthen the livelihoods of the rural population, in particular marginalised and vulnerable groups, and their capacity in achieving inclusive and sustainable livelihoods through resilient ecosystems, productive employment, and entrepreneurship.

22 Jul 2017 description

Country Priorities

ACORD in Uganda works in partnership with the poor and the marginalised to change conditions undermining social justice through participatory people-centred practical work, research and advocacy. To this end ACORD is implementing programmes focusing on resilient livelihoods, rights and responsibilities promotion, and peace building and conflict resolution. ACORD also provide life-saving support to Burundian, Congolese, and South Sudanese refugees in Uganda.

19 Jul 2017 description

Economic and Social Council 2017 Session, 45th Meeting (PM)

ECOSOC/6862 18 July 2017

Despite encouraging progress, the international community had yet to account for the millions of people who still wallowed in abject poverty and for whom the right to development remained but a dream, speakers said today as the ministerial segment of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development continued.

29 Jun 2017 description

29 June 2017, JUBA — A wide-ranging coalition of policy makers, political leaders, and development partners held a two-day interactive conference in Juba, South Sudan designed to generate ideas and concrete action points to protect and help vulnerable communities to adapt against the negative effects of climate change.

27 Jun 2017 description
report Voice of America

By Salem Solomon

WASHINGTON — Ethiopia’s highlands traditionally have a built-in protection for the people who live there. The elevation and the cool temperatures have meant that malaria, the deadly mosquito-borne illness, cannot be transmitted.

But climate change may be putting an end to that safeguard. A new study led by a researcher at the University of Maine found that since 1981, the elevation needed to protect people from malaria has risen by 100 meters.

27 Jun 2017 description

ACORD (Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development)is a Pan-African non-governmental organisation that has been working for social justice and development in Africa since 1976. Our work is guided by a number of fundamental values and working principles, chief amongst these is our belief that people themselves are the primary actors in their own development.

12 Jun 2017 description
report IRIN

Cissokho Lassana

KAYMOUR/SENEGAL, 5 juin 2017

En Inde, ses feuilles séchées sont utilisées comme soin capillaire ; en Afrique de l’Est, la plante fait office de fourrage ; les Mauritaniens en fument les graines ; et dans les campagnes sénégalaises, où elle est connue sous le nom de leydour, elle est cultivée pour ses vertus médicinales et compense les pertes agricoles dues au changement climatique.

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05 Jun 2017 description

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day – “Connecting people to nature” – implores citizens of the world to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and importance, and to protect the Earth that we share. On this day, celebrated every 5 June since 1972, WHO reminds decision-makers and citizens that health is intrinsically linked to the environment.

24 May 2017 description
report Oxfam

Group of Seven leaders meeting in Taormina, Sicily, this week should take the lead in fighting famine and immediately fund nearly half ($2.9 billion) of the UN’s urgent appeal to avoid catastrophic hunger and more deaths, urged Oxfam today. Without an immediate and sweeping response, this crisis will spiral out of control.

Further delay will cost more lives.

04 May 2017 description

Sequía. Enfermedades. Terremotos. Huracanes. Más de 10,6 millones de personas en América Latina y el Caribe fueron afectadas por estos desastres en 2016.

Cada emergencia presentó sus propios desafíos, se tratara de los medios de vida afectados, la seguridad de las familias forzadas a huir de la violencia, el creciente riesgo de enfermedades transmitidas por vectores o la magnitud de grandes desastres como el terremoto en Ecuador (abril 2016) y el Huracán Matthew en el Caribe (octubre de 2016).

01 May 2017 description

Global defences against universal transboundary threats to health, like climate change, air pollution and antimicrobial resistance, depend on WHO’s role as a guardian of public health. This role involves tracking rapidly evolving threats, quantifying the harm to health, and sounding the alarm. WHO also works to raise political awareness and extend advice on the best protective strategies for safeguarding public health. In these – as in many other areas – protective strategies require collaboration with multiple non-health sectors.