Diplomatic Courier's interview with Ashvin Dayal, Associate Vice President and Managing Director, Asia, Rockefeller Foundation
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The primary objective of the Urban Resilience Competition is to showcase new and innovative work already being undertaken in the field of urban resilience that offers transformative solutions; combines multi-disciplinary perspectives; and builds partnerships in a bottom-up participatory manner of design and implementation.
Three winners will be selected and receive travel support to attend the Asia Urban Futures Workshop (Bangkok, October 2014) and present their work in a panel discussion on urban resilience.
The WHO will begin hosting a conference on climate change and global health today at its headquarters in Geneva. Part of a wider program to raise awareness and to protect human health against the impacts of climate change, the conference will provide guidance to ministers and civil servants from member states, and to professionals from non-profit organizations and private companies.
Climate change creates unique public health challenges that impact communities in the developing world. Temperature, precipitation and humidity variations can exacerbate chronic stresses such as drought or contribute to weather shocks such as larger and more frequent typhoons. These, in turn, can have serious implications for human health. Increasingly, these factors are driving new and unpredictable patterns in the spread of common water and vector-borne diseases, with conventional protocols for monitoring and managing them under increasing strain.
In a recent blog from the Woodrow Wilson Center, Thailand-based Jim Jarvie from Mercy Corps and Richard Friend from ISET have described these issues from their paper “Mainstreaming Urban Climate Resilience Into Policy and Planning: Reflections From Asia,” published in ‘Urban Climate’ in March 2014. They conclude the challenges to building resilience are not technical, but political. Deeply rooted and deeply urban governance issues mean that even mechanisms designed to reach the most marginalized are often easily subverted, allowing elite capture of resources, legitimized by rubber-stamped regulation and decision-making processes.
The Leaders Summit is the most important event in the G20 year. The summit provides a valuable opportunity for leaders to discuss a wide range of global economic issues and to use their collective power to improve people’s lives. The summit is informed by the policy discussions held throughout the year. At the end of the summit, leaders release a communiqué which outlines the G20 policy discussions and commitmen
The 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 40) will be held to adopt the Fifth Assessment Review (AR5) Synthesis Report and approve its Summary for Policy Makers. Subsequently, in December 2014, a copy of the Synthesis Report will be presented to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC.