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

MinnPost

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 ...

Livestock insurance could protect cattle-herders in Africa from drought - The Guardian (blog)
30/09 - 2014

The Guardian (blog)

Livestock insurance could protect cattle-herders in Africa from drought
The Guardian (blog)
The CEO of Takaful Insurance of Africa, Hassan Bashir, was born into a cattle-herding Somali family, and as Kenya's first sharia-compliant insurance company, he wanted to solve his community's biggest problem – the loss of livestock due to drought.

additional funds to help Pastoralists in the Horn of Africa - World Bank Group
23/10 - 2014

additional funds to help Pastoralists in the Horn of Africa
World Bank Group
A key focus of the project is to enhance the resilience and coping capabilities of pastoral and agro-pastoral communities living in drought areas and enable their governments and regional institutions to respond effectively to emergencies, including ...

Once reviled by UT fans, Mike Hamilton helps in Africa - WBIR-TV
23/10 - 2014

WBIR-TV

Once reviled by UT fans, Mike Hamilton helps in Africa
WBIR-TV
Mike Hamilton, former University of Tennessee athletics director, had become involved in Nashville's Blood: Water mission, which battles AIDS and clean water shortages in Africa. And Hamilton was shaken by his first visit to a makeshift AIDS clinic in ...

Dar Pledges More Use of Gas to Combat Climate Change - AllAfrica.com
24/10 - 2014

Dar Pledges More Use of Gas to Combat Climate Change
AllAfrica.com
Agriculture production, including access to food in many African countries is projected to be severely compromised. In Tanzania alone the signs of climatic change coupled with shortage of water are overwhelming. The long drought spells plus the hot ...

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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.

News from Preventionweb

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Islands of the future: building resilience in a changing world
23/10 - 2014
This booklet outlines UNESCO's activities in small island developing States (SIDS), covering the period from 2006-2013. It features chapters on: (i) promoting quality education in islands; (ii) building island resilience; (iii) valuing and sharing island heritage and identities; (iv) building knowledge societies in islands; (v) enabling island...
Integrated risk management: its importance in protecting people
22/10 - 2014
Integrated risk management (IRM) is a central element of disaster risk reduction in Switzerland and it is applied in many of the risk-oriented planning guidelines of the Federal Office for Civil Protection (FOCP). It is also applied by other federal offices, cantons and organisations, and is described in a variety of publications. The document explains...
Young people's prioritisation of disaster and everyday risks
22/10 - 2014
This research reports on how risk prioritisation shapes disaster risk reduction behaviour in Moramanga and Vatomandry, Madagascar. In addition, it outlines and analyses the perceptions of disaster risk in comparison to everyday risk of young people and their communities living in hazard-prone locations.The key recommendations of this study are: (i)...
Insurer climate risk disclosure survey report and scorecard: 2014 findings and recommendations
22/10 - 2014
This report ranks the 330 largest insurance companies of the United States of America on what they are saying and doing to respond to escalating climate risks. The report found strong leadership among fewer than a dozen companies but generally poor responses among the vast majority.This report summarizes responses from insurance companies to...
Protecting children from poverty, disaster and climate risk
22/10 - 2014
This publication links social protection with disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. It develops an integrated understanding of vulnerability and identifies four steps for governments and development partners to strengthen the linkages between the technical areas. These steps include: (i)) identify households that are most at risk of...
Convention concerning the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage: World Heritage Committee, thirty-eighth session
21/10 - 2014
This document presents the decisions adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session in Doha, Qatar, on 15-25 June 2014. It addresses the need to integrate a concern for heritage within international policies and programmes for disaster risk reduction and adopts revised corrective measures for the property from the List of World Heritage...

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