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Drought and climate change in the Horn of Africa require responsibility and ... - MinnPost
21/10 - 2014

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Drought and climate change in the Horn of Africa require responsibility and ...
MinnPost
The Horn of Africa is considered one of the poorest regions in the world, and ongoing droughts continue to plague this region. The 2011-2012 drought and famine was the worst to hit the region in 25 years, and claimed 260,000 lives. Half of the lives ...

Restoring Lands, Lives and Livelihoods in Africa - World Bank Group
30/10 - 2014

Restoring Lands, Lives and Livelihoods in Africa
World Bank Group
In Mali, where drought is a fact of life, 8% of the GDP is lost every year due to land degradation. Over the past few years, the Bank has supported programs to roll back the desertification processes and enhance the resilience of communities to climate ...

Climate change a "threat multiplier" for farming-dependent states-analysis - TrustLaw (blog)
29/10 - 2014

Climate change a "threat multiplier" for farming-dependent states-analysis
TrustLaw (blog)
In Nigeria, for instance, the rise of the Muslim insurgency Boko Haram may be linked to population movements caused by an east African drought a decade ago, the UK-based company said. Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Nigeria, Chad, Haiti, ...

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Son of Scots jam-maker becomes leader of Zambia - Scotland Now
31/10 - 2014

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Son of Scots jam-maker becomes leader of Zambia
Scotland Now
His father Alec emigrated in 1927 to the then Northern Rhodesia, where he worked as a doctor, a politician fighting for Africa rights, a lawyer and a newspaper publisher. Cambridge-educated father-of-four Dr Scott was born in Livingstone, beside the ...
Deputy thrust into limelightNew Zealand Herald
Zambia Gets a White President After Sata's DeathAtlanta Black Star
Guy Scott of Zambia now sub-Saharan Africa's only white head of stateMareeg Media

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Agriculture: The next frontier - Nature.com
29/10 - 2014

Agriculture: The next frontier
Nature.com
Regular and severe drought is one reason for Africa's low yield. Although rice does not have to be submerged in paddy fields to grow well, it does need a lot of water. Irrigation systems are expensive, so about 80% of farmers rely on rainfall alone ...

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World: Violence against aid workers in 2013 [EN/FR/SP]
19/08 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: World
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2013 set a new record for violence against civilian aid operations, with 251 separate attacks affecting 460 aid workers. The spike in attacks in 2013 was driven by escalating conflicts and deterioration of governance in countries like Syria and South Sudan.

Violencia contra trabajadores humanitarios en 2013

El año 2013 marcó un nuevo record en actos de violencia contra operaciones de ayuda, con 251 ataques efectuados a 460 trabajadores humanitarios. Este repunte es liderado por conflictos en progreso y el deterioro de la gobernabilidad en paises como Siria y Sudán del Sur.

Violences contre les humanitaires en 2013

L'année 2013 a enregisté un record de violence contre les opérations humanitaires, avec 251 attaques faisant 460 victimes parmi le personnel humanitaire. La hausse des attaques est due notamment à l'escalade des conits et la détérioration de la gouvernance dans les pays comme la Syrie et le Soudan du Sud

World: CERF underfunded emergencies: 2014 2nd round, as of 21 July 2014
24/07 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Gambia, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, World
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In June 2014, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated US$75 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support 11 countries in two regions where humanitarian needs are high but financial support is low: West Africa’s Sahel and the Horn of Africa. With this regional approach, CERF aims to help relief agencies address the complex and interlinked regional consequences of violent conflict, mass displacement of people and deepening food insecurity. This is the second of two annual Underfunded Emergencies (UFE) rounds.

World: World: Keeping up with megatrends
15/04 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Environment Programme, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: World
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A study on the implications of climate change and urbanization for environmental emergency preparedness and response

Climate change: Climate-related disasters affected an estimated 2.6 billion people between 1999 and 2009, with the cost of responding to such disasters increasing tenfold between 1992 and 2008.

Urbanization: More than half of the world’s population lives in cities and, by 2030, the urban population is expected to exceed 5 billion.

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World: Enviromental Emergencies: Joint UNEP/OCHA Activities (as of 20 Feb 2014)
3/03 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Environment Programme, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: World
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The Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU) responds to environmental emergencies by coordinating international efforts and mobilizing partners. By pairing the environmental expertise of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the humanitarian network coordinated by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the JEU ensures an integrated approach in responding to environmental emergencies.

World: ReliefWeb Highlights 2013
19/02 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: World
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In 2013 ReliefWeb continued to implement its ‘Strategy and Vision’ with the aim of becoming the humanitarian community’s ‘one stop shop’ for information. ReliefWeb is a service provided by OCHA that assists humanitarians to easily find reports, evaluations, analyses, maps, infographics, jobs announcements and training events from over 3,500 sources worldwide. ReliefWeb collected and published 43,924 humanitarian updates in 2013, covering acute crises in Syria, Central African Republic and South Sudan as well as natural disasters such as Typhoons Haiyan and Wutip.

World: United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination Missions (UNDAC): from 1993 to 2013
6/02 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: World
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The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team is part of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the international emergency response system for sudden-onset emergencies. UNDAC was created in 1993. It is designed to help the United Nations and governments of disaster-affected countries during the first phase of a sudden-onset emergency. UNDAC, as a tool of OCHA, also assists in the coordination of incoming international relief at national level and/or at the site of the emergency.

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A post-2015 world fit for children: strengthening resilience through disaster risk reduction
30/10 - 2014
This brief addresses disaster risk reduction as a critical component of the post-2015 development agenda and proposes a tentative targets/indicators to be included in the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction or “Hyogo Framework 2” (HFA2) in order to build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations, with special attention...
A compendium of disaster risk reduction practices in cities of the Western Balkans and Turkey: a review of selected cities participating in UNISDR's ‘Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!' campaign
29/10 - 2014
This report is the result of a compendium undertaken as part of the ‘Building Resilience to Disasters in Western Balkans and Turkey’ project, initiated by United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and supported by the European Commission (DG Enlargement) under the instrument...
Climate change and environmental risk atlas 2015
29/10 - 2014
Maplecroft's Climate change and environmental risk atlas 2015 (CCERA) features 26 risk indices to provide comprehensive quantitative analysis of the key risks to business in the areas of climate change, resource security, ecosystem services, emissions and waste, and the regulatory environment. The CCERA helps organizations understanding the risks and...
Informe regional del estado de la vulnerabilidad y riesgos de desastres en Centroamérica
29/10 - 2014
In Spanish: En el marco de los procesos de implementación del Marco de Acción de Hyogo (MAH) y la Política Centroamericana de Gestión Integral del Riesgo (PCGIRL), se considera prioritario promover acciones que se orienten a la reducción del riesgo de desastres y que permitan, bajo un marco conceptual y de gestión común, identificar aquellas...
Hyogo Framework for Action, post-2015: what would we like to see. Voices from the field.
28/10 - 2014
This Delphi study aims to feed lessons learned from working and implementing projects on disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the field into the policy dialogue on a HFA2. The study is designed to build a bridge between field practitioners and policy makers. The key messages are derived from DRR practice, based on the perspectives of Civil Society Organizations...
WMO Executive Council: sixty-sixth session
27/10 - 2014
This report presents the progress made in the implementation of the disaster risk reduction as a WMO priority, and provides guidance on the proposed activities. It further presents an abridged final report with resolutions of the session and highlights activities related to WMO priorities: strategic and operational planning, global framework for climate...

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