Human Settlements & Population

This section covers both the impacts of climate change on cities, such as sea-level rise and extreme weather events, and the impacts of urban expansion on climate change.

December 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

Climate Finance Update19 December 2014: During December 2014, finance for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects was announced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank. Germany, Norway and the UK also reported on funding for projects to be undertaken in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the GEF and IDB released climate-related publications.

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Event: CODATU XVI Conference [viewed]

This meeting will focus on ‘Energy, Climate and Air Quality Challenges: The Role of Urban Transport Policies in Developing Countries and Emerging Economies'. The conference will include plenary sessions on, inter alia; mitigation actions taken by cities; urban transport and climate change; financing for and optimizing benefits from low-carbon transport; and commitments and initiatives on the way to COP 21 of the UNFCCC in Paris, France. The conference is being organized by Cooperation for Urban Mobility in the Developing World (CODATU). Participants will also learn about, through field visits, Istanbul's public transport system, the Istanbul metro and a bike sharing programme.  

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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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ECLAC Warns Against Increasing Climate Change Impacts in LAC [viewed]

ECLAC10 December 2014: A report, published by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), warns that climate change impacts in the region are already significant and will likely become more intense in the future. The report, titled ‘The economics of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean: Paradoxes and challenges of sustainable development,' was presented during the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

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COP President Launches Nazca Climate Action Portal [viewed]

nazca11 December 2014: The Government of Peru has launched the Non-state Actor Zone for Climate Action (Nazca) Climate Action Portal to increase the visibility of climate actions being undertaken by cities, regions, companies and investors. The portal was developed with the support of the UNFCCC Secretariat and launched on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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GEF COP 20 Side Event Highlights Climate Action in Cities [viewed]

limacop2010 December 2014: Cities need to be at the heart of the transformation to a low-carbon economy, according to Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Speaking at an event on 'Sustainable Cities to Address Global Environmental Benefits,' she highlighted the rapid rate of urbanization globally and cities' contribution to energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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ICLEI, IPU COP 20 Event Highlights National and Local Climate Action [viewed]

limacop209 December 2014: Participants presented local-level climate actions at an event 'From Vision to Action Plan: Raising the Global Level of Ambition through National and Local Action,' organized by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. At the event, panelists pledged their support for the Lima Communiqué to be presented to the High-Level Segment of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC.

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IOM and UNCCD Sign Memorandum of Understanding [viewed]

UNCCD logo26 November 2014: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 105th session of the IOM Council. The meeting took place on 25-27 November 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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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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MINES ParisTech Examines Urban Energy Strategies at COP 20 Event [viewed]

limacop202 December 2014: An event organized by the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (MINES ParisTech) on the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference focused on the design of climate-friendly strategies for cities to address climate change vulnerability and promote sustainability. 'The Need and Challenge of Ambitious Climate-Energy Strategies at the Urban Scale' presented concrete initiatives being undertaken by academia, local authorities and industry.

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