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New report forecasts drought in the Horn of Africa - SciDev.Net
30/06 - 2014

New report forecasts drought in the Horn of Africa
SciDev.Net
The report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)'s Global Information and Early Warning System, in collaboration with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), predicts a high risk of drought in key agricultural regions of ...

Wishart star takes gold and breaks Australia's 40-year drought in backstroke ... - Courier Mail
29/07 - 2014

Wishart star takes gold and breaks Australia's 40-year drought in backstroke ...
Courier Mail
Australia's Para-Sport Open Triples lawn bowls team, featuring Pine Rivers Memorial Bowls Club member Tony Bonnell, from Brighton, went down 11-8 to New Zealand in their first group game last night. The team's second match is against South Africa at ...

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On Trial - Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa - AllAfrica.com
28/07 - 2014

On Trial - Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa
AllAfrica.com
In addition to government funds, these projects have also attracted the support of influential donor agencies and philanthropic foundations. However, despite the expenditure of considerable resources, the potential of GM in Africa is not being realized.

Fight against climate change in Africa gets boost as Tutu endorses student ... - Sowetan
28/07 - 2014

Sowetan

Fight against climate change in Africa gets boost as Tutu endorses student ...
Sowetan
Coal and fossil fuels need to stay in the ground if we are to have any chance of reducing CO2 emissions, minimise global warming and prevent more Africans being affected by rising temperatures and increases in drought and flooding. "Africa will be ...

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England's Ian Bell plays a late cut during his return to form in the third ... - The Australian
29/07 - 2014

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England's Ian Bell plays a late cut during his return to form in the third ...
The Australian
However, on-field umpires Marais Erasmus (South Africa) and Rod Tucker (Australia) referred the decision to television umpire Rob Bailey, the former England batsman. As is often the case in these situations, replays clouded the issue and Buttler survived.
Bell, Ballance pile on runsiAfrica.com
Bell ends century drought as India toilSuperSport
Bell, Ballance pile on runs against IndiaThe West Australian

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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.

World: What are OCHA-managed pooled funds? (as of 8 Jan 2014)
15/01 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: World
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What are ocha-managed pooled funds?

Following a humanitarian crisis, humanitarian actors in the field can immediately provide life-saving assistance using OCHA-managed pooled funds. There are two types of pooled funds: the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which can cover emergencies anywhere in the world, and country-based pooled funds, which respond to crises in specific countries. Country-based Common Humanitarian Funds (CHFs) provide funding for large, persistent emergencies, while country-based Emergency Response Funds (ERFs) are usually smaller and are used to fill unexpected funding gaps.

What happens to money donated to CHFs?

Common Humanitarian Funds (CHFs) are country-based funds that enable a swift response to people who have been affected by a large-scale emergency, or in countries with prolonged crises. CHFs pool donations from multiple donors into a single resource overseen by the top UN official in country: the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC).

What happens to money donated to CERF?

The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) collects contributions from various donors into a single fund before a disaster strikes, so that relief work can start immediately. CERF also supports UN agencies in crisisaffected countries where funding is scarce, so that they can help the people who need it most.

What happens to money donated to ERFs?

Emergency Response Funds (ERFs) are country-based funds. When a crisis hits, an ERF is activated to quickly deliver essential aid and meet urgent needs. The Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) is the top UN official in country.
With OCHA's support, the HC collects and rapidly distributes donations given by multiple donors to deliver aid relief to affected people.

4 pages infographic.

World: CERF 2013 allocations (as of 31 Dec 2013)
2/01 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: World
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The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated almost US$482 million in 2013. More than $307 million went to immediate life-saving assistance through CERF’s rapid response window and over $174 million - the most ever - was allocated during the two underfunded emergency rounds to bolster aid operations in 22 poorly funded humanitarian crises.

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Lessons learned from the Fukushima nuclear accident for improving safety of U.S. nuclear plants
28/07 - 2014
This report is a study of the Fukushima Daiichi accident. It examines the causes of the crisis, the performance of safety systems at the plant, and the responses of its operators following the earthquake and tsunami. The report then considers the lessons that can be learned and their implications for U.S. safety and storage of spent nuclear fuel and...
State of the Nation: infrastructure 2014
28/07 - 2014
This report assesses the performance, capacity and condition of the UK's economic infrastructure networks, and determines the actions required in order to improve and enhance performance, and importantly, to ensure that UK's infrastructure is resilient when faced with the many challenges ahead – from climate change to population growth. It argues...
Submission the UNFCCC Executive Committee call for inputs for the initial two-year workplan for the implementation of the functions of the Warsaw international mechanism on loss and damage associated with climate change impacts
28/07 - 2014
This paper presents UNISDR's primary role in relation to loss and damage and elaborates on the actions UNISDR undertakes that could support and enhance the Warsaw Mechanism's Executive Committee plans on: (i) enhancing knowledge and understanding of comprehensive risk management approaches to address loss and damage associated with the adverse...
Evaluation du risque de sècheresse dans la région de Tillabéri, Niger
28/07 - 2014
In French:Cette étude vise à analyser l'intensité, la distribution et la fréquence des séquences sèches dans la région de Tillabéry, Niger, afin de déterminer leur évolution au cours des dix dernières années. Cette étude devrait caractériser la vulnérabilité des différentes zones de la région de Tillabéry en rapport avec les cycles...
Resilient communities: empowering older adults in disasters and daily life
25/07 - 2014
This report first conveys the assets and needs of community-dwelling older adults during disasters that result in power outages and service interruptions, drawing on literature, and with a special focus on Hurricane Sandy. The report then proposes strategies to strengthen and connect formal and informal support systems to facilitate improved future...
Report on effectiveness of the Swiss International Cooperation in climate change mitigation and adaptation interventions (2000-2012) - factsheet
25/07 - 2014
The third report on effectiveness of the Swiss International Cooperation is dedicated to the topic of climate change. The purpose of this report is primarily on accountability. It shall inform the interested Swiss public and the Members of the Swiss Parliament about the effectiveness of the Swiss International Cooperation in CC mitigation and adaptation...

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