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CDKN’s Mairi Dupar says we must heed the IPCC’s 1.5°C Special Report and prevent further climate change that will harm the most vulnerable people – while ensuring that ambitious climate mitigation efforts do not disadvantage the poorest and most vulnerable people, either. Thankfully, pilot initiatives show that integrated adaptation, mitigation and poverty eradication are possible, and these can be scaled up.
The IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5oC is of profound importance for policy-makers, business leaders, producers and consumers the world over. It is of particular consequence in the battle to end extreme poverty, and for anyone concerned with social justice.

UN Member States need “to share information […] to prevent, protect, mitigate, investigate, respond to and recover from damage from terrorist attacks on critical infrastructure facilities, including through joint training, and use or establishment of relevant communication or emergency warning networks.”

Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe launches Preliminary Conference Programme Delivering an outstanding conference programme of international expert speakers contributing to the valuable discussion on protecting Europe’s critical infrastructure.

Part of the City of The Hague’s 2018 Cyber Security Week, Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe will include topics of discussion such as: • Risk and Resilience in CIP and CIIP • PPP Role in CIP • Emergency Preparedness and Response in CNI • Cyber Security Legislation, Best Practice & Standards • Cyber Defence Strategies • Cyber Technologies to Prevent and Protect • SCADA Systems and IT/OT Integration • Emerging and Future Threats on CNI • Space Based CNI • Human Factors, Organisation Risk and Management Culture • Risk Management in Transport, Telecoms and Energy CIP

Europe’s Mediterranean regions have strong sunshine, bright blue seas, beautiful beaches, and pretty holiday houses immersed in pine forests that provide welcome shade. It sounds very inviting, but such a scenario is also perfect for severe wildfires such as the ones that killed 99 people this July in the popular holiday resort of Mati, in Greece.
Now, new research in Nature Communications suggests that the summer fire season in Mediterranean Europe is going to get worse. Under the hottest climatic predictions of 3°C warming, the area that is currently burned every year would double. Even more worryingly, 40% more area would be burnt even if the Paris Climate Agreement is fulfilled and warming stays below “only” 1.5°C.
The Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched today a new project today financed by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) with a US$2.56 million grant to advance the National Adaptation Plan process and reach goals outlined in the Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
UNDP in partnership with government institutions on all levels will implement the four-year project “Advance the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process for medium-term investment planning in climate sensitive sectors in Bosnia-Herzegovina.”
As extreme weather becomes the “new normal” in the Balkans, governments and communities across the region are striving to better understand the climate and disaster risks they face so that they can put in place the appropriate policies and strategies.
It was against this backdrop that hundreds of experts and practitioners from the resilience and disaster risk management community, including dozens of young people, shared ideas, best practices, and lessons learned on identifying, communicating and assessing risk at Understanding Risk (UR) Balkans, the first ever gathering of the 10,000-strong UR community in the region.

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