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Climate change is a threat to rich and poor alike

Climate change is a threat to rich and poor alike

12 October 2017
By Achim Steiner, Patricia Espinosa and Robert Glasser* From Miami and Puerto Rico to Barbuda and Havana, the devastation of this year’s hurricane season across Latin America and the Caribbean serves as a reminder that the impacts of climate change know no borders. In recent weeks, Category 5 hurricanes have…
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  • Hurricanes in the Caribbean
    • Read the latest situation reports about humanitarian assistance being provided to the countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria at the website of the UN…
    • What is a Hurricane?

      When a storm's (tropical cyclone) maximum sustained winds reach 119 kilometers per hour (74 mph), it is called a hurricane. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating, or category, based on a hurricane's maximum sustained winds. The higher the category, the greater the hurricane's potential for property damage.  Hurricanes originate in the Atlantic basin, which includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico, the eastern North Pacific Ocean, and, less frequently, the central North Pacific Ocean. A six-year rotating list of names, updated and maintained by the World Meteorological Organization, is used to identify these storms.

      (source: NOAA - Hurricane Centre) 


       

      For more information on Hurricanes and preparedness in the Caribbean go to the CDEMA website

      How you can help?

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      Donate:

      You can make a donation to one of the country based internatoinal funds managed by the UN Foundation. The UN Reliefweb also provides information on how to donate to specific appeals by the UN following some disaster or emergency. Most times money donations help to get urgent relief items to an area faster, because it helps to buy appropriate medication, food and shelter supplies from the closest or fastest and safest or most trustworthy supplier.

      Be careful of fraud. Double check the source of information before donating. If you have doubts visit the OCHA website or contact a UN office for more information.

      Donations in kind, are also welcome. They will usually be organised by local or internatoinal NGOs or government agencies who work with OCHA to provide supply relief items. It usually takes some time before this process happens. Port facilities and services need to be functioning to make this type of aid successful. 

      Take Action:

      - Find Local or regional NGOs supporting the humanitarian assistance to areas in need: ( check back here to see an active list for Irma)

      - Contact local UN offices to find out more about volunteering or go to the UN Volunteers website

      The UN will post appeals for assistance as soon as an assessment is conducted on the impacted islands/states and based on needs.

       

       


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    • Read the latest situation reports about humanitarian assistance being provided to the countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria at the website of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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      How does the UN provide assistance to emergencies, disasters or hazards?

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      Office for the Coordinaton of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)  is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort. 

      OCHA's mission is to:

      • Mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies.
      • Advocate the rights of people in need.
      • Promote preparedness and prevention.
      • Facilitate sustainable solutions.

      The humanitarian programme cycle (HPC) is a coordinated series of actions undertaken to help prepare for, manage and deliver humanitarian response. It consists of five elements coordinated in a seamless manner, with one step logically building on the previous and leading to the next.

      Core HPC Elements are:

      Needs assessment and analysis
      Strategic response planning
      Resource mobilization
      Implementation and monitoring
      Operational review and evaluation

      Learn more about OCHA and how it coordinates humanitarian assistance

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    The UN in partnership with the Nippon Foundation invites applications from qualified persons in the Region for the Fellowship - Oceans and Law of the…
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