UN Programme, Agency or Fund

Event: Workshop on The Future of Social Housing: Environmental and Social Challenges [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and UN-HABITAT, in cooperation the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing (CECODHAS), will hold a workshop exploring the future of social housing in UNECE member states. The second day of the event will focus on environmental sustainability issues of social housing, including energy efficiency, resource efficiency, climate neutrality and "green social housing." Case studies will be examined from Sweden, Trento, Italy and Quebec, Canada.  

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Event: Resilient Cities 2014: Fifth Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation [viewed]

Also known as 'Resilient Cities 2014,' this Forum is organized by ICLEI– Local Governments for Sustainability and the World Mayors Council on Climate Change, and co-sponsored by UN-HABITAT, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The event will focus on: risk data and analysis; adaptation planning and policy; comprehensive adaptation approaches; collaborative and community-based adaptation; resilient infrastructure and city-region support systems; and governance and capacity building.  

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Event: Second Workshop of the LEDS-LAC Regional Platform [viewed]

The Second Workshop of the Latin American Regional Platform on Low Emission Strategies (LEDS LAC) of the Global Alliance on Development Strategies Low in Emissions (LEDS Global Partnership) will provide a forum for officials from Latin American governments and international organizations and technical experts and other stakeholders in the region to share experiences and best practices, participate in training, establish collaborative links and work, and discuss innovative ways to achieve low-carbon development that is also resilient to the impacts of climate change. The workshop will occur against the backdrop of InterClima, an annual multi-stakeholder forum hosted by Peru's Environment Ministry (MINAM) that seeks to provide Peruvian stakeholders with training, discussion, information exchange and opportunities to forge partnerships regarding climate change, low-carbon development and climate resilience.  

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CGIAR-led SAMPLES Project Focuses on Mitigation Potential from Agricultural Landscapes [viewed]

CCAFSDecember 2013: Aiming to better understand livelihoods and climate systems in agriculture landscapes, the Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems (SAMPLES) project is developing tools and methodologies to support pro-poor climate change mitigation options through protocol development, global priority setting, capacity building and field-testing and research.

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Workshop Seeks to Guide Research, Science-Based Adaptation Strategies in the Andean Region [viewed]

UNESCO-IHE28 November 2013: 'The Science Policy Workshop: Impacts of Global Climate Change on Snow, Glaciers and Water Resources in the Andes: Policy Recommendations for Adaptation Strategies' addressed the optimization of research efforts and identified science-based policy needs for climate change adaptation strategies in the Andean region, with a focus on its water resources.

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European Development Days Recognize Development as Common Challenge [viewed]

European Union 28 November 2013: The European Development Days (EDD13) Forum, organized by the European Commission (EC), brought together over 5,000 government officials, UN agencies, development experts and others to discuss a vision for the post-2015 development agenda.

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WIPO Online Marketplace Promotes Green Technologies [viewed]

Wipo28 November 2013: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has launched WIPO GREEN, an online database and network to promote the diffusion of green technologies. WIPO GREEN matches technology owners with individuals or companies seeking to commercialize, license or distribute green technologies, particularly in order to support developing countries' efforts to address climate change.

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World Bank, WMO Call for Improved Weather and Climate Forecasting [viewed]

worldbank-wmo27 November 2013: A World Bank report, titled 'Weather and Climate Resilience: Effective Preparedness through National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs),' urges countries to modernize and invest in well-equipped and fully staffed meteorological and hydrological agencies to better prepare for natural hazards, which could save an average of 23,000 lives annually and provide up to US$30 billion a year in economic benefits.

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Mexico Launches Voluntary Carbon Credit Exchange [viewed]

mexlogo26 November 2013: Mexico has launched a voluntary carbon credit exchange with assistance from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UK Government.

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Chinese Government and UNEP Report Highlights China's Energy Consumption Achievements [viewed]

UNEP26 November 2013: Together with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Government of China has released a report on China's green investments, titled "China's Green Long March: A Study of Renewable Energy, Environmental Industry and Cement Sectors." The report finds that, despite rapid advancement towards a green economy, significant environmental and social challenges must be surmounted if China is to achieve its sustainable development goals.

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