UN-HABITAT

UN-HABITAT Releases 2009 Annual Report [viewed]

April 2010: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has released its annual report. The report on its 2009 activities underlines that the combination of climate change and demographic expansion poses an unprecedented challenge to cities.

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CBD Secretariat Publishes March Bulletin of Activities [viewed]

9 April 2010: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated its Monthly Bulletin of Activities for March 2010, including a report on its activities during the World Urban Forum, which met from 22-26 March 2010, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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WORLD URBAN FORUM 5 DEVELOPS RECOMMENDATIONS TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE INCLUSIVE CITIES [viewed]

The fifth World Urban Forum (WUF-5), which took place from 22-26 March 2010, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, under the theme “The Right to the City: Bridging the Urban Divide,” was hosted by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the Government of Brazil.

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Fifth World Urban Forum Concludes [viewed]

26 March 2010: World Urban Forum 5, which took place from 22-26 March in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, under the theme "The Right to the City: Bridging the Urban Divide," was hosted by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the Government of Brazil. The event gathered a record of over 13,700 participants from 150 countries to discuss issues related to the sustainability of cities in the context of rapid urbanization, and a changing climate and environment.

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Global GHG Standard for Cities Launched [viewed]

23 March 2010: During the fifth session of the World Urban Forum, being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 22-26 March 2010, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), and the World Bank jointly launched a Global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Standard for cities.

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Event: World Cities Summit 2010: Liveable and Sustainable Cities for the Future [viewed]

This three-day event will focus on the challenges related to urban planning, infrastructure financing, public housing, waste management, urban biodiversity and climate change. Participants will discuss how to mitigate risks and build inclusive and harmonious cities. Partners of the Summit include the Asian Development Bank (ADB), UN-Habitat, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).  

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Africa Carbon Forum Hopes to Help Boost Africa [viewed]

The second Africa Carbon Forum, which was held from 3-5 March 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya, sought to help build on growing interest in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Africa, and concluded with expectations for a boost in Africa's share of the global carbon market.

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UN-HABITAT Highlights the Need to Confront the Challenge of Urbanization in Africa in the Context of Climate Change [viewed]

16 February 2010:  A conference on Sub-Saharan Africa, held during the first week of February 2010 at Wiston House in Wilton Park, Sussex, UK, focused on the challenges faced by Africa half way between the report of the Commission for Africa, tabled at the Gleneagles Summit in 2005, and the target date for completion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015.

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UN-HABITAT Grants Cities Lecture Award to IPCC Chair [viewed]

1 February 2010: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), through the Global Research Network on Human Settlements, its advisory board for the global report on human settlements, has awarded Rajendra Pachauri the 2010 UN-HABITAT Cities Lecture Award for his contribution and leadership on climate change and cities.

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Event: World Urban Forum 5 [viewed]

The theme for the Forum is “The Right to the City: Bridging the Urban Divide.” The Forum will include a thematic open debate on reducing vulnerabilities in view of climate change.  

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