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September 2023

September 2023

Chad, Somalia and Ethiopia set to get early disaster warning systems after deadly Derna disaster


Monday 25 September 2023

Chad, Somalia and Ethiopia are the first three African countries set to benefit from a new, large-scale push to establish potentially life-saving early warning systems in some of the world's most climate-vulnerable countries.
The initiative by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will also cover Antigua and Barbuda, Cambodia, Ecuador and Fiji. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) will provide an initial injection of some R25 million to launch a much larger effort intended to deliver almost R3 billion from the GCF and partner governments to advance universal early warning.

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Central Asia Addresses Early Warning Systems for Climate Resilience

The Astana Times

Friday 22 September 2023

A High-Level Dialogue on Climate Change and Resilience in Central Asia, kicked off in Bishkek on September 21, overviewing the pivotal role of early warning systems in building resilience and mitigating climate change in the region, reported the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kazakhstan.
Representatives of government agencies, international experts, and scientists from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan agreed to collaborate closely and consolidate joint efforts to address climate change challenges.
In March last year, the UN Secretary-General launched the Early Warning for All initiative, aiming to protect every person on Earth with early warning systems by 2027. With over 80 projects implemented on climate information and early warning in 60 countries, UNDP has facilitated installing more than 150 early warning systems, increasing access to critical climate information for 2.3 million people. The regional project Climate Change and Resilience in Central Asia, funded by the EU, focuses on enhancing knowledge about climate fragility risks, facilitating risk-based policy development and resource management, and supporting risk-mitigation practices.

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UN Agencies, IFRC Launch Major Initiative for Universal Early Climate Warnings by 2027

Mirage News

Wednesday 20 September 2023

At the UN Climate Ambition Summit today in New York, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) announced the development of a large-scale, collaborative push to establish life-saving Early Warning Systems in some of the world's most climate-vulnerable countries.
An initial injection of US$1.5 million from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) will be used to kick-start a much larger initiative aimed at delivering $157 million from the GCF and partner governments to move towards universal early warning for all. As part of the announcement, UNDP and its partners appealed for other donors to join forces, growing the initiative beyond the first group of countries of Antigua and Barbuda, Cambodia, Chad, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji, and Somalia.

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Seeds of Change towards Forests of Prosperity in Ghana

Business Ghana

Wednesday 6 September 2023

Ghana’s shea industry generates employment and income for about a million rural women in northern Ghana. These women are mostly involved in gathering and processing shea fruits into butter. Many people across Ghana and beyond have developed strong taste for the shea butter as a great cosmetic. The shea trees usually grow naturally in traditional farms. These are integrated with crops on smallholder farms, creating an agroforestry landscape resilient to climate change.
Briwana Nape and her colleagues are making efforts to contribute to restoring the degraded lands. Her community is one of the 20 communities that have set up tree nurseries to plant shea and other native species like rosewood, tamarind, mahogany, dawadawa, African grapes, kapok, and baobab to restore the degraded shea parklands in the Northern Savannah Zone. 
The nursery initiative falls under the Ghana Shea Landscape Emissions Reduction project, being implemented by the Forestry Commission (FC) of Ghana, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Global Shea Alliance and multiple national and local institutions, civil society organizations and private sector actors. The project is being supported by the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

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Multi-million project to address water woes

Kuensel Bhutan

Tuesday 5 September 2023

Bhutan launched a USD 8.9 million project to address the water shortages and declining water quality on September 3. The project will restore and manage water catchments, introduce climate-resilient agricultural practices and livelihoods, and promote the resilience of climate-proof water and irrigation infrastructure.  

With an additional USD 25 million in co-financing from the government, the five-year project, Advancing Climate-Resilience of the Water Sector in Bhutan (ACREWAS), will benefit more than 37,000 people of Gasa, Punakha, and Tsirang, some of the most climate-vulnerable regions of the country. Infrastructure and Transport Minister Dorji Tshering, said climate change is predicted to cause a substantive decline in Bhutan’s agricultural production in the absence of adaptation measures.

“We welcome this important transformative project, to be led by the Ministry, which will promote nature-based solutions driven by communities, institutions, and the private sector,” Lyonpo said. The project is supported by the Global Environment Facility’s Least Developed Countries Fund (GEF-LDCF) and UNDP to address water shortages and declining water quality in the country, both driven by the global climate crisis. 

The project will look at increasing the coherence of national and local policies related to climate-resilient water resource management, also strengthening the capacity of government and community-based institutions to manage these resources in an efficient, innovative and sustainable way. 

The financial mechanisms will be established to encourage public-private and entrepreneurial participation in water resource management including in operations and maintenance, according to a press release from the UNDP. 

Innovative conservation financing solutions such as the Payment for Environment Services (PES) will be introduced, offering farmers incentives to sustainably manage their land.

UNDP Bhutan Resident Representative, Mohammad Younus, said, “The impact of climate change on water poses a significant threat to sustainable development in Bhutan.” 

The ACREWAS project is aligned with the government’s development plans and priorities, National Adaptation Plan (expected to be launched this year), and Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement.

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Philippines: Indigenous knowledge takes on climate crisis

UN News

Tuesday 5 September 2023

Local tribal leader Jemuel Perino discussed the success of local initiatives, supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Adaption Fund Climate Change Innovation Accelerator (AFCIA), in educating his community on effective prevention and mitigation techniques to deal with the growing impacts of climate change.

“The indigenous cultural communities have their own centuries-old knowledge, systems, and practices and have kept them alive,” Mr. Perino said. “In the Philippines, the Government is promoting their use in environmental protection and conservation.”

Chairman of the Council of Elders of the Bukidnon Umayamnon community, Mr. Perino has seen the impact of climate change up close. Erosion, deforestation, and biodiversity loss have emerged as key threats with devastating implications for the culture, youth, and livelihoods of his people.

“In the Philippines, most of our forest lands and headwaters fall within the ancestral domains of the various indigenous cultural communities,” he said. “There is a real need for the world to fully recognize their important contributions in conserving the environment that benefits the entire population.”

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Climate resilience can be a catalyst for peace and prosperity in the Sahel - UNDP


Tuesday 5 September 2023

The impacts of climate change, including long-term stress and sudden shocks, are acting as a threat multiplier.
The UN Development Programme's focus on climate security is about understanding the risks to peace and stability in the region, brought on by the climate crisis – and weaving a safety net of adaptation, collaboration, and innovation. Our work in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger illustrates the challenges but also the solutions at hand.

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UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner speech at Africa Climate Summit


Tuesday 5 September 2023

UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner speaks at the Africa Climate Summit, hosted by the Government of Kenya in Nairobi, 4-8 September. 

Organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat in collaboration with UNDP, UNEP, and the World Bank, as well as regional partners including the African Union, the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), ACW 2023 is a crucial event for the region, serving as a platform for policymakers, practitioners, businesses, and civil society to come together to address the pressing issues of climate change and foster collaborations to build a sustainable future.

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Sweden, UNDP to continue working on climate adaptation in Bangladesh

The Business Standard

Monday 4 September 2023

Bangladesh : Sweden on Thursday signed an agreement at the Sweden Embassy in Dhaka with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which will secure continued support for the Local Government Initiative on Climate Change (LoGIC) project during a new two-year period, 2023-2025.

Swedish Ambassador to Bangladesh Alex Berg von Linde and UNDP Bangladesh Resident Representative Stefan Liller signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organisations, reads a press release.

LoGIC has been a vehicle for delivering climate adaptation finance and capacities to the poorest and most climate-vulnerable households, unions and upazilas of Bangladesh. The project has been working to build climate resilience in Bangladesh by emphasising the importance of local leadership, innovations, and nature-based solutions. Thousands of vulnerable women and households have been forming savings groups, cooperatives, and enterprises that help them overcome climate-induced disasters and negative impacts and thrive.

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Vulnerabilities & Impact on People of Sri Lanka: Latest UNDP report

News 1st

Monday 4 September 2023

COLOMBO (News 1st); The United Nations Development Programme in Sri Lanka launched its latest report on vulnerability on Friday (1).

This report is titled "Understanding Multidimensional Vulnerabilities: Impact on People of Sri Lanka."

This report presents findings from the Multidimensional Vulnerability Index (MVI) derived from the National Citizen Survey 2022-2023 initiated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka, which was administered with the objective of capturing a snapshot of vulnerabilities experienced by Sri Lankans during the economic downturn.

Debt, a lack of education, and the ability to adapt to disasters are factors that make most people feel vulnerable, said the new report, released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the University of Oxford’s Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). 

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