Browse by Theme: Climate Change

This short briefing paper demonstrates how community based adaptation is an invaluable and essential component of the vision for resilience across Africa.

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Climate change negotiator Naderev Sano made global headlines this week when he spoke about the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillippines. In his address to delegates at the UN climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, he said the world's inability to rise up to the challenge of climate change was 'madness'.

Since the very first meeting of Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1995, the annual high-level climate talks have been called many things – ineffective, dull, a waste of money and a jamboree - but the slow pace of progress is rarely criticised in public with such heartfelt fervour.

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According to the latest UN statistics, of the total population affected by Typhoon Haiyan, an estimated 47,600 women are at risk of sexual violence. In the evacuation centres, an estimated 2,250 women are also at risk.

We know that disasters impact men and women differently - but how can we get better at factoring this into account in international aid efforts?

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The 2013 Annual State of Food Insecurity in the World report was launched last week, in time for the annual meeting of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). This year’s report estimates that progress has been made towards the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to halve the level of global hunger, albeit with wide disparities across regions.

It’s refreshing to have some positive news about the decrease in the number of people who are food insecure and I was pleased at the prominence given to social protection in the report. (See more on the positives below). However there were some glaring omissions. What about the focus on governance and women’s voice? Where is a reflection on the contribution of climate change to food security? And why, at a time when 4 million people inside Syria face food insecurity, does the report stay silent on emergencies and the impact of conflict and crisis on immediate and long term food insecurity? All at a time when the CFS, this week, is finalising policy recommendations for managing food insecurity during protracted crises.

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This document explains CARE’s role and position at the 40th annual meeting of the Committee on World Food Security. It is intended as information for CARE’s partners and interested parties, on a focal area of CARE’s international advocacy work on food and nutrition security (FNS).

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Participants from 12 West African countries confirmed the urgent need for community based adaptation to respond to the adverse effects of climate change at a West Africa Learning Event in Cotonou, 3-6th September 2013. Seventy two participants from a diverse range of 36 NGO and research organisations, and 14 government organisations shared and reflected on their experiences, successes, challenges, opportunities, questions and future perspectives across the region.

This communiqué is the collective product of these deliberations conveying strong messages on the crucial need to develop effective adaptation practice and policies to secure livelihoods and realise resilient development and economic growth in the face of an uncertain and changing climate.

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This week’s report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world's top scientific body focusing on the issue of climate change, can be summed up in two words: bad news.

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