Climate Change Adaptation in the News

May 2022

May 2022

UNDP helps build 1,450 flood-resistant houses in coastal localities

ReliefWeb

Saturday 14 May 2022

VGP - The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) will help build an additional 1,450 flood-resistant houses for poor households in coastal provinces from Binh Dinh to Ca Mau in the near future.

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UNDP Representative in Viet Nam Caitlin Wiesen made the announcement at a workshop themed "Storm and flood resilient housing: Successful model in Viet Nam and ways forward" which was held in Ha Noi on May 13.

Since 2018, a total of 4,100 flood-proof houses have been built through the support of the UNDP and the Vietnamese Government, to increase the resilience of coastal communities who are vulnerable to the impact of climate change, particularly rising sea levels and flooding.

Wiesen emphasized that these safe houses contribute to securing the livelihoods of residents in coastal provinces by helping them to withstand subsequent storms which have made landfall in Viet Nam over recent years, as well as the dangers of severe flooding.

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Vietnam hosts international conference on ocean economy

Vietnam Plus

Friday 13 May 2022

Hanoi (VNA) - All countries need to make stronger commitments and take more drastic and effective measures to demonstrate their responsibility for the sustainable development of the ocean economy, Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh addressed the International Conference on Sustainable Ocean Economy and Climate Change Adaptation. 

The conference is being held on May 12 and 13 in both online and offline formats by the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Thanh emphasised that as marine pollution and ocean plastic waste are urgent global issues, countries should establish a global system to monitor, share data, provide a scientific basis for ocean plastic waste from the national, regional and world scales.

“The COVID-19 recovery provides the opportunity for countries and communities to ‘re-boot’ their approach to the blue economy. UNDP and the UN family stand ready to help countries shape a sustainable blue economy using innovative, science-based solutions. Working with local communities, and with broad alliances, we will ‘co-create’ new blue economy solutions -- recognising that our greatest hope to build a sustainable future for people and planet lies in human ingenuity and collective commitment to this cause,” stated Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator.

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Japan contributes in Armenia to advance implementation of climate pledges

DevDiscourse

Thursday 12 May 2022

UNDP has been supporting countries around the world, including Armenia, to update their Nationally Determined Contributions and increase their climate ambition, through the Climate Promise initiative.

The Government of Japan generously contributed US$900,000 to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia to advance the implementation of the country's national climate pledges.

Implemented in partnership with the Government of Armenia, particularly the Ministries of Environment, Emergency Situations, and Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, the new Japan-funded project will strengthen the country's climate resilience and help it scale up its adaptation measures, with a focus on vulnerable groups of the population including farmers and women led enterprises. More specifically, it will help Armenia improve climate information and knowledge for reducing loss and damage and plan the implementation of evidence-based adaptation actions.

"The new initiative builds on the results of UNDP's successful track record of working with the government and other stakeholders in areas of climate, environment and disaster risk reduction, contributing to national priorities in line with the country's commitments under the Paris Agreement," highlighted Natia Natsvlishvili, UNDP's Resident Representative in Armenia.

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Climate adaptation gaining ground in Armenia

United Nations

Wednesday 11 May 2022

With new climate financing support from Japan, UNDP will assist Armenia in planning for evidence-based adaptation action and loss and damage reduction

Yerevan – The Government of Japan generously contributed US$900,000 to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia to advance the implementation of the country’s national climate pledges.

Implemented in partnership with the Government of Armenia, particularly the Ministries of Environment, Emergency Situations, and Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, the new Japan-funded project will strengthen the country’s climate resilience and help it scale up its adaptation measures, with a focus on vulnerable groups of the population including farmers and women led enterprises.

More specifically, it will help Armenia improve climate information and knowledge for reducing loss and damage and plan the implementation of evidence-based adaptation actions.

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Seychelles: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative for Mauritius and Seychelles, Ms. Amanda Serumaga paid a courtesy call on Minister Sylvestre Radegonde

Africa Business Magazine

Wednesday 11 May 2022

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative for Mauritius and Seychelles, Ms. Amanda Serumaga paid a courtesy call on Minister Sylvestre Radegonde yesterday at Maison Quéau de Quinssy. Ms. Serumaga is currently on a working visit in Seychelles, where she will be having meetings with high government officials. She was accompanied by Ms. Joan Manda, the Senior Investment Advisor for the UNDP Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Finance Sector Hub in Pretoria, South Africa, as well as other officials from the UNDP Office in Mauritius and Seychelles.

The meeting was mainly to appraise the Minister on the on-going cooperation between Seychelles and UNDP, especially on the diversification of the country’s economy. Minister noted his gratitude towards UNDP for the continued technical assistance in formulating strategies that involve the private sector and investment.

Ms. Serumaga added that UNDP is working with the Ministry of Investment, Entrepreneurship and Industry to formulate an SDG Investor Map for the country. The SDG map is a UNDP-created online market intelligence tool that allows countries to attract the private sector to investment opportunities with a high potential to impact national development priorities.

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“Don’t Choose Extinction” global cinema ad aims to inspire movie theater audiences to join fight against climate change

United Nations

Wednesday 11 May 2022

UNDP, SAWA campaign film tackles the climate crisis, launches in cinemas around the world

New York – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and SAWA Global Cinema Advertising Association today launched an eight-week international cinema advertising and social media campaign aimed at raising awareness of the climate emergency and spurring broader, urgent action to address it.

In the 60-second cinema ad, Frankie, a computer-generated dinosaur is seen storming into the United Nations General Assembly, seizing its iconic podium, and urging stunned-looking dignitaries to avoid the dinosaurs’ fate—extinction—by making changes to tackle the climate crisis.

At the red-carpet launch of the film’s cinema release, some of the campaign’s leading voices and partners will be presented with the inaugural UNDP “Frankie” Award for moving the needle on climate action at an exclusive event on May 11 at the Times Center in New York City featuring an awards ceremony, live orchestra performance and short film screening. The honor will be given to two organizations and one individual

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Hindou Ibrahim: Living in harmony with nature

United Nations

Tuesday 10 May 2022

Thirty years ago, the Earth Summit, which took place in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, paved the way for the establishment of three major conventions on the environment - specifically on biodiversity, climate change and desertification.

As countries meet on all three conventions in 2022, SDG Advocate and indigenous rights activist Hindou Ibrahim talks about the indispensable role that indigenous communities around the world play in protecting life on our planet - its biodiversity, land and climate.

“As indigenous peoples, we say, we are not different than the rest of the species, we are only one species of nature, so we cannot harm the rest of them. So that's why living in harmony, it's connecting each other, respecting each other and trying to keep the balance without harming the rest of the species - species of nature,” says Ibrahim.

She is no stranger to international climate change, human rights and sustainability processes. In 1999, at just 15 years of age, she founded the Association of Indigenous Peul Women and Peoples of Chad, a community-based organization that promotes the rights of girls and women in Chad’s Mbororo community which she belongs to. In the years following, she became the co-chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change, and today she is one of the 17 eminent global leaders known as the SDG Advocates.

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Africa should unite on climate change for social and economic growth

Chronicle

Tuesday 10 May 2022

Vincent Gono, Features Editor

MANY developing countries especially those in Africa have been struggling with climate change realities that have added to their long catalogue of problems to deal with.

Climate change has increased Africa’s vulnerability to diseases, persistent droughts, natural disasters and poverty in general and the need for the continent to speak with one voice needs no emphasis; it should be a priority.

With research showing that food riots could increase as droughts get more severe with an almost 50 percent food production deficit predicted by 2030, the continent needs not to allow divisions to rock its boat as signs are already showing that the members will need each other more.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Achim Steiner lauded the seriousness with which developing countries were engaged. This is not theory, this is not the distant future, this is about survival,” said Steiner as he announced the climate promise. UNDP is building on our work on climate action. Our commitment is to support 100 countries in reaching the more ambitious plans the world needs to ensure a future for ourselves, our children and all generations to come. Through this initiative, UNDP will stand shoulder to shoulder with countries as they take bold action,” he added.

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