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UN-HABITAT Report Explores Climate Change, Urbanization in SIDS [viewed]

urbanization_climate_sidsMay 2015: A small island developing States (SIDS) urban agenda must reflect the cultural, economic and geographic characteristics of SIDS, in order to address sustainable urbanization in SIDS, according to a publication by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). The report provides an overview of current trends in climate change and urbanization, describes the impact of climate change on cities in SIDS, and explores the role of urban planning and design as a tool for addressing the challenges and opportunities of climate change in relation to human settlements in SIDS.

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Pacific Forum Highlights Urban Challenges as Priority Development Issue [viewed]

UN-HABITAT7 April 2015: The Fourth Pacific Urban Forum (PUF 4) highlighted urban challenges as a priority issue for development, focusing on the areas of social equity, urban economy, environment and governance. Outcomes will feed into Asia-Pacific regional input to the Habitat III conference, which will convene in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016, as well as to ongoing discussions of the post-2015 development agenda. The Forum preceded the Sixth Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF 6), which will take place in May 2015.

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UNEP Report: Modern District Energy Systems Key to Reducing Cities' Emissions [viewed]

UNEP25 February 2015: A report released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) finds that transitioning to modern district energy systems could reduce primary energy consumption by up to 50%. The resulting emission reductions could amount to 60% of those required of the energy sector by 2050 to keep average temperature rise below 2°C, according to the report, titled 'District Energy in Cities: Unlocking the Potential of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.'

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Policy Update #18: Global Climate Governance in 2014 in Retrospect [viewed]

From Each According to His Capability...

As the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC closed in mid-December 2014 in Lima, Peru, some returned to their homes feeling cautiously optimistic regarding the potential for a strong, ambitious outcome at the Paris Climate Change Conference in 2015.

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Event: Ninth World Urban Forum [viewed]

The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. WUF9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies. The WUF's key objectives include: advocating for and raising awareness on sustainable urban development; advancing knowledge on sustainable urbanization through debates, and exchange of experiences and best practices; and coordinating and cooperating within and between different constituencies towards advancing and implementing the Habitat Agenda. WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world. WUF9 will be the first Forum to meet after the post-2015 development agenda process and the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016.  

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African Sustainable Transport Forum Outcome Document Released [viewed]

astf15 December 2014: Following the inaugural conference of the African Sustainable Transport Forum (ASTF), an outcome document has been published that summarizes the ASTF's ministerial session and the ASTF Action Framework. The Framework includes 13 actions and an institutional structure for the ASTF Secretariat. It also presents a roadmap for sustainable transport in Africa, based on a harmonization of priority action areas identified by conference participants.

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WRI, ICLEI, C40 Launch Global Standard for Measuring Municipal GHG Emissions [viewed]

limacop208 December 2014: The World Resources Institute (WRI), ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group have created a standard for cities to measure and report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The organizations launched the 'Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC)' at a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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UN Holds Inaugural World Cities Day [viewed]

worldcitiesday31 October 2014: The first-ever World Cities Day aimed to promote sustainable urban development, raise awareness about the role of urbanization in everyday lives and celebrate the positive impact that well-managed urbanization can have on environmental, economic and social development. Celebrations took place globally, including at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and in Shanghai, China.

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African Countries Adopt Sustainable Transport Framework [viewed]

africa-sustinable-transport30 October 2014: Senior officials representing over 42 African countries have adopted a framework for a transition to sustainable transport, with a view to curbing air pollution, boosting the use of sustainable fuels and improving road safety. The roadmap aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the use of low-emission non-motorized transport, and increasing the quality of public transport and investment in clean technologies.

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Workshop Addresses Urban Climate Change Resilience in Southeast Asia [viewed]

UN-HABITAT24 October 2014: UN-Habitat participated in a two-day, high-level event examining 'Environment Change and Urbanization in the South East Asia Region.' Commenting on how climate change will affect rapidly urbanizing areas in the region, Nguyen Quang, Director of UN-Habitat Viet Nam, noted that climate change has had "a direct effect on key urban infrastructure such as transportation, water supply and energy, and exacerbates urbanization problems."

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