Heatwaves are already a bigger risk in many cities than people realise, experts say
By Laurie Goering
CAPE TOWN, June 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On days when temperatures hit worrying peaks – an increasing problem in Cape Town as climate change takes hold – figuring out how to keep people cool can be a challenge.
Climate change challenges many countries in the world and is increasingly affecting small countries. Ministers and other high-level public health officials from the 8 countries that make up the Small Countries Initiative will gather in Reykjavik on 26–27 June to find solutions that can protect their people’s health from this and other threats. Enhanced efforts will contribute to reaching the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This is the 5th annual meeting of the Initiative since it was launched in 2013.
More frequent and intensive extreme weather events
Le changement climatique, les conflits, les inégalités, la persistance de la pauvreté et de la famine et l'urbanisation rapide remettent en question les efforts des pays pour atteindre les objectifs de développement durable (ODD), selon un rapport de l'ONU publié mercredi à New York.
A fast-changing climate, conflict, inequality, persistent pockets of poverty and hunger and rapid urbanization are challenging countries’ efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a UN report launched in New York today.
The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 found that conflict and climate change were major contributing factors leading to growing numbers of people facing hunger and forced displacement, as well as curtailing progress towards universal access to basic water and sanitation services.
Le présent rapport a été établi en application de la résolution 46/182 de l’Assemblée générale, dans laquelle l’Assemblée a prié le Secrétaire général de lui faire rapport chaque année, ainsi qu’au Conseil économique et social, sur la question de la coordination de l’aide humanitaire d’urgence. Il fait également suite à la résolution 72/133 de l’Assemblée et à la résolution 2017/14 du Conseil. Le présent rapport porte sur la période allant du 1er janvier au 31 décembre 2017.
"This is a wake-up call" that action is needed now to deal with fast-approaching problems, says one urban expert
By Laurie Goering
CAPE TOWN, June 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In just 30 years, cities around the world will face dramatically higher risks from extreme heat, coastal flooding, power blackouts and food and water shortages unless climate-changing emissions are curbed, urban researchers warned Tuesday.
The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 46/182, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report annually to the Assembly and the Economic and Social Council on the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance. The report is also submitted in response to Assembly resolution 72/133 and Economic and Social Council resolution 2017/14. The period covered by the report is 1 January to 31 December 2017.
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL
2018 SESSION, 36TH MEETING (PM)
At a time when the global humanitarian response system was struggling to meet an unprecedented demand in aid for millions of people displaced by natural disasters and conflict, new approaches and stronger partnerships were key to overcome urgent challenges, the Economic and Social Council heard today at the opening of its humanitarian affairs segment.
"Conscious of their responsibility before God and man, inspired by the determination to promote world peace as an equal partner in a united Europe … Basic Constitutional Law for the Federal Republic of Germany
Signature d’un plan d’action sur l’aide internationale et le développement durable (6 juin 2018)
GENÈVE, le 31 mai 2018 – Face à l'aggravation de la situation sanitaire causée par les phénomènes météorologiques extrêmes, le changement climatique et la pollution atmosphérique, l'Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM) et l'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) sont convenues de donner un nouvel élan aux mesures prises conjointement pour prévenir ces types de risques qui causent chaque année, d'après les estimations, la mort prématurée de 12,6 millions de personnes.
Press Release Number: 31052018
GENEVA, 31 May 2018 - In the face of growing health impacts from extreme weather, climate change and air pollution, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and World Health Organization (WHO) have agreed to step up joint action to tackle environmental health risks that cause an estimated 12.6 million premature deaths every year.
Patricia Schwerdtle, Kathryn Bowen and Celia McMichael
by Lin Taylor | @linnytayls | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Monday, 28 May 2018 19:00 GMT
Study purports to be the first to show the health benefits of a cooler planet
LONDON, May 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than three million cases of dengue fever, the world's fastest-spreading tropical disease, could be avoided annually if global warming is capped at 1.5C, said a study that purports to be the first to show the health benefits of a cooler planet.
Inside this newsletter, you will find five original articles from the Bangkok Regional Hub, featuring the work of country office work-flows in Afghanistan, Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Viet Nam, and the Solomon Islands, highlighting the ways in which UNDP programmes in the region cross-cut gender equality mainstreaming efforts, or ensure women's empowerment to accelerate sustainable development.
Religious Leaders Challenge Gendered Misconceptions in Afghanistan
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2018 SESSION, 24TH & 25TH MEETINGS (AM & PM)
Real world examples of technology and innovation being deployed to build a more resilient Africa in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were presented to the Economic and Social Council today as it concluded its annual three‑day integration segment.
Report sounds alarm on soil pollution
How is soil contamination affecting our food and putting our health at risk? Information gaps cloud the answer
2 May 2018, Rome - Soil pollution poses a worrisome threat to agricultural productivity, food safety, and human health, but far too little is known about the scale and severity of that threat, warns a new FAO report released today at the start of a global symposium.
2 May 2018 News Release Geneva – Air pollution levels remain dangerously high in many parts of the world. New data from WHO shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Updated estimations reveal an alarming death toll of 7 million people every year caused by ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution.
6 mars 2017 |Genève – Les niveaux de pollution de l’air restent dangereusement élevés dans de nombreuses parties du monde. De nouvelles données de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) montrent que 9 personnes sur 10 respirent un air contenant des niveaux élevés de polluants. Les dernières estimations révèlent que 7 millions de personnes meurent chaque année à cause de la pollution de l’air ambiant (extérieur) et à cause de la pollution de l’air à l’intérieur des habitations ; c’est un chiffre préoccupant.
• Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region experience a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, floods, forest fires, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, and volcanoes. El Niño and La Niña phenomena occur periodically, exacerbating the impacts of hydrometeorological events in the LAC region. Unplanned urban expansion, environmental and natural resource degradation, and land-use management challenges also increase populations’ vulnerability and exposure to natural hazards.