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UN-HABITAT: Fourth World Urban Forum Opens in China [viewed]

Fourth Session of World Urban Forum opens in Nanjing

3 November 2008: The

fourth session of the World Urban Forum opened in Nanjing, China, under the

theme “Harmonious Urbanization.” During the opening ceremony, Chinese officials

noted the importance of integrated development between cities and regions, with

emphasis on energy and climate change mitigation.

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UN-HABITAT: State of the World's Cities Report Underlines Coastal Cities' Vulnerability to Climate Change [viewed]

State of the World's Cities 2008/2009

23 October 2008: The UN Human Settlements Programme

(UN-HABITAT) has launched “State of the World's Cities 2008/2009: Harmonious

Cities,” a flagship report published every two years by the UN agency.

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UN Officials Mark World Habitat Day Urging that Urbanization Should Not Come at Expense of Environment [viewed]

Urbanization must not come at expense of environment, say UN officials 6 October 2008: Top UN officials marked World Habitat Day by

drawing attention to the need to raise awareness of the problems of rapid

urbanization, its impact on the environment and the challenges of rising urban

poverty. The UN has designated the first Monday in October each year as World

Habitat Day, to reflect on the state of towns and cities and the basic right to

adequate shelter for all. This year, Luanda, Angola, led the observance of the

celebration, which focused on the theme “Harmonious Cities.”

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UN-HABITAT Signs Agreements for Shanghai World Expo 2010 [viewed]

UN-HABITAT 18 August 2008: UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka has signed a Memorandum of Understanding and

Participation Contract with the Government of the People's Republic of China on

the UN's participation in the Shanghai World Expo 2010, which will be held from

1 May to 31 October 2010 around the theme ‘Better City, Better Life.'

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UN-HABITAT: Sustainable Communities Course to Examine Risk and Vulnerability Reduction of Cities [viewed]

Teaching sustainable urban development 12 August 2008: A two-week course on Sustainable Communities has commenced in Bangkok, Thailand, bringing together 28 urban professionals representing academia, NGOs, local

authorities and central government agencies from 15 African and Asian

countries.

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UN-HABITAT: Prevention Approaches Stressed in Face of Climate Change Refugees [viewed]

7 May 2008: UN-HABITAT intervened in the discussions on “land” during the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, which met in New York, US, from 5-16 May 2008. Clarissa Augustinus, Chief, Land, Tenure and Property Administration Section, of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), noted that “climate change refugees will flood into the cities and as the cities grow to accommodate these refugees they will further impact their rural environs.”

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