Pillar 4: Environmental sustainability natural resources management and disaster risk management

19.3 million displaced by disasters but 'mother nature not to blame'

Oslo: In the last seven years, an estimated one person every second has been displaced by a disaster, with 19.3 million people forced to flee their homes in 2014 alone.

Africa: Sendai Framework starts moving

Yaounde: International moves to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction got underway today, with African countries leading the way. Four dozen African countries gathered in the Cameroonian capital Yaoundé for three days of talks, along with the African Union, Africa’s Regional Economic Communities and a host of other international organizations.

'Sub-Saharan Africans voice substantial concerns about climate change'

New York: In advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this December, many publics around the world name global climate change as a top threat, according to a new Pew Research Center survey measuring perceptions of international challenges. This is particularly true in Latin America and Africa, where majorities in most countries say they are very concerned about this issue.

A chance to boost flagging climate talks

Paris:  Foreign and environment ministers and other high-level officials from 45 countries are set to gather in Paris today seeking to re-energise climate talks mired in technical details and political squabbling.  Just four months ahead of a UN conference in the French capital tasked with producing a historic climate pact, US scientists this week said 2014 was a record year for sea level rise, land temperatures and the greenhouse gases that drive dangerous global warming. 

Climate change adaptation and mitigation in Eastern and Southern Africa

Gaborone: The Southern African Development Community Secretariat invites Resource/Research/Knowledge Centres specializing in Environmental and Sustainable Development Research and Reporting, including Climate Change, to submit expressions of interest in providing consulting services to support the production of the SADC 2015 Year Book on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA-EAC-SADC) Region.

Africa disaster reduction fund is major new step

Addis Ababa: An €80-million package of funds from the European Union to support disaster risk management across Sub-Saharan Africa was unveiled today at the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development, winning praise for its potential impact.

“This is a really excellent initiative. It’s quite unique, and I really hope that we will see many more like it,” said Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, whose office UNISDR is one of the partners tasked with helping African governments to implement it.

African countries identify 12 key priorities for enhanced climate action

Addis Ababa: Twelve recommendations to improve the regional response to climate change have been agreed to following a meeting for the African region at Addis Ababa on 7-8 May, 2015. The meeting, gathering twelve African countries, was part of a series of Climate Vulnerable Forum workshops convened though to June 2015 in Asia, Latin America, the Pacific and the Middle East.

Climate change: a risk assessment

London:  An international group of experts have released a new independent assessment of the risks of climate change, designed to support political leaders in their decisions on how much priority to give to the issue. The report, which was commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, applies the principles of risk assessment used in finance and national security to better understand and communicate the risks of climate change.

India to submit its climate change targets in six weeks

Delhi: India will submit its targets for the Paris climate agreement in about a month-and-a-half after hectic parleys within ministries, with the industry and others. The announcement will capture the revamped energy efficiency targets the government is planning to set for large industries.

Namibia to access over N$580m to fight climate change

Windhoek: Through the Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) Namibia will soon be able to access grant funding totalling at least N$588 million to combat climate change. Over the past six months the EIF has been working to join the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and become one of its key multilateral implementing agencies.

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