UN-HABITAT

New UN-Water Chair and Vice-Chair Take Office [viewed]

8 February 2012: UN-Water has announced that Michel Jarraud, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary-General, and Albert Diphoorn, UN-Habitat Urban Basic Services Branch Coordinator, are taking up the positions as Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of UN-Water for a two-year term.

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Event: Resilient Cities 2012: 3rd Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation [viewed]

Resilient Cities 2012: 3rd World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change will focus on the following themes: urban risk and the issue of urban infrastructure as a key element in building resilient cities; resilient integrated urban design - how to optimally relate the water, food security and biodiversity sectors to build a resilient city; resilient urban renewable energy - how to ensure a clear link between the local renewables agenda and energy security and safety of urban areas; resilient urban logistics - a showcase of successful examples in ecomobility (moving people) and ecologistics (moving goods); and financing the resilient city - how climate financing for adaptation can be mobilized, leveraged and innovated for the local level. Resilient Cities 2012 will also host a session on global sustainable infrastructure finance in partnership with Global Energy Basel. Joan Clos, UN-HABITAT's Executive Director, is the patron of Resilient Cities 2011 and 2012.  

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UN-HABITAT and Partners Recognize Local Governments for Green Building [viewed]

5 December 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability have announced the winners of the Government Leadership Awards for excellence in green building and climate action at the local level. The awards promote best practices to be replicated across cities, and encourage the use of green buildings as a strategy to reduce carbon emissions.

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UN-HABITAT Calls for a Focus on Urban Areas in Adaptation Finance [viewed]

UN-HABITAT - Cities and Climate Change Initiative - Policy Note 122 November 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), through its Cities and Climate Change Initiative, has issued a policy note on adaptation finance in urban areas. The policy note indicates that, up to now, adaptation finance has largely overlooked urban areas. 

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UN-HABITAT Issues Policy Note on Cities and Mitigation Finance [viewed]

UN-HABITAT22 November 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), through its Cities and Climate Change Initiative, has issued a policy note on mitigation finance and whether cities in developing countries are having sufficient access to resources. 

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2011 Asian Urban Forum Focuses on Financing Future Cities [viewed]

Asian Urban Forum 201115 November 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted the 2011 Asian Urban Forum, which took place from 15-17 November 2011, in Manila, the Philippines, and was organized around the theme "Financing Future Cities."

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UN-HABITAT Supports Youth Caravan to Durban [viewed]

14 November 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) is supporting a caravan with 200 youth from Norway and Kenya, which started off from Nairobi, Kenya, and will end in Durban, South Africa, at the start of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The caravan aims to bring awareness about climate change issues to communities through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa.

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UN-HABITAT and Partners Support Climate Resilience of Coastal Sri Lankan Cities [viewed]

4 November 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), the University of Moratuwa, the Batticaloa Municipal Council (BMC) and the Negombo Municipal Council (NMC), has launched a project titled "Climate Resilient Action Plans for Coastal Urban Areas, Sri Lanka (CCSL)" aimed at enhancing the resilience to climate change of coastal Sri Lankan cities through disaster risk management.

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UN Launches Guidelines for Eco-efficient and Socially Inclusive Cities [viewed]

October 2011: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), in partnership with the Urban Design Lab of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, have jointly released the "Guidelines for developing eco-efficient and socially inclusive infrastructure," which provide practical tools for city planners and decision makers to reform urban planning and infrastructure design according to the principles of eco-efficiency and social inclusiveness. 

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Guest Article #66: Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

The urban dimension of climate change

The effects of urbanization and climate change are converging in dangerous ways. The global population, today more than 50% urban, faces unprecedented negative impacts in terms of quality of life and social stability.

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