Briefing note

United Nations University - Policy Brief Series: Vulnerable Countries and People. How Disaster Risk Reduction & Insurance Can Help Manage the Risks of Climate Change

"Vulnerable Countries and People. How Disaster Risk Reduction & Insurance Can Help Manage the Risks of Climate Change" focuses on linking disaster risk reduction and insurance approaches. A central concern is how to make such measures accessible and affordable to vulnerable people in developing countries. This Policy Brief helps delegates and policy-makers understand more clearly the links between climate risk insurance and "real people" by sharing interviews with people around the world affected by weather-related natural hazards.

United Nations University - Policy Brief Series: The Megacity Resilience Framework

 “The Megacity Resilience Framework” by Carsten Butsch, Benjamin Etzold and Patrick Sakdapolrak, provides policy recommendations on how to increase the resilience and sustainability of megacities where more than half of the world’s population is living today. Megacities are an extreme product of the urbanization process that is shaping the planet. Rather than merely concentrating on the negative effects - like poverty and slums - the three scientists draw attention to the new opportunities that megacities equally provide.

Climate Change Adaptation in Africa - Integrating meteorological and indigenous knowledge-based seasonal climate forecasts for the agricultural sector

The Climate Change Adaptation in Africa program, funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre and the United Kingdom's Department for International Development, has supported a number of projects that have investigated how seasonal climate forecasts developed by national meteorological services (SCFs) might be better integrated into agricultural and pastoral decision-making to strengthen livelihoods and food security.

Series of Briefs: "Exploring the Gender Dimensions of Climate Finance Mechanisms"

UNDP, in partnership with the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), is producing a series of briefs on gender and climate change finance mechanisms: "Exploring the Gender Dimensions of Climate Finance Mechanisms." Each brief focuses on the role of a climate change finance mechanism in supporting poor women's and men's livelihoods, the status of gender and the specific finance mechanism, as well as steps forward for ensuring the the mechanism is more gender-responsive in the future.

Clean Development Mechanism: Exploring the Gender Dimensions of Climate Finance Mechanisms

"Established by the Kyoto Protocol, the Clean Development
Mechanism (CDM) has two concurrent objectives: to reduce
emissions and promote sustainable development. A market-based
mechanism, the CDM generates funds through investments
in emissions-reduction projects in developing countries....If utilized properly, the CDM can promote sustainable
development in host countries by bringing new technologies
into communities, which often leads to employment
opportunities and environmental benefits (e.g., improved

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