The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) aim to reduce disaster losses in some of the world’s most hazard prone cities with the initial aid of a €6 million grant from the EU, over the next three years. The project will help vulnerable cities become more resilient to disasters, increase awareness, and promote engagement.
Urgent action in the Dry Corridor of Central America is essential to help build resilience, food security, and restore livelihoods damaged by drought and extreme-weather effects of El Niño. Some 3.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance with 1.6 million moderately or severely food insecure in the hard-hit countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
Residents of coastal Belize are better prepared for extreme weather and the effects of climate change after a yearlong program funded by Taiwan and implemented by the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF). Through a partnership, the University of Belize was also able to offer a course on GPS tracking and mapping, helping to identify vulnerable areas of coastline.