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.

World Humanitarian Summit Launches Commitments to Take Action [viewed]

whs24 May 2016: During the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), approximatively 1,500 commitments were made, including on education, the inclusion of persons with disabilities, global preparedness, preventing conflicts, delivering crisis responses and building resilience. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who initiated the Summit, said he will report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on the Summit's achievements in September 2016, and will propose ways to take the commitments forward. He announced that an annual update will review progress in implementing the Summit's commitments.

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Environmental Degradation Leading Cause of Deaths Globally, Says UN Report [viewed]

Healthy Environment - Healthy People23 May 2016: Environmental degradation and pollution cause almost a quarter of all deaths, up to 234 times as many premature deaths as occur in conflicts annually and the deaths of more than 25% of all children under the age of five, according to a UN report released to coincide with the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2). The report, titled ‘Healthy Environment, Healthy People,' emphasizes the importance of a healthy environment to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and addresses dangers posed by air pollution, chemicals, climate change and other issues linking environmental quality to health.

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“No Scientific Voice Left Behind,” Concludes UNEA Science-Policy Forum [viewed]

UNEA-220 May 2016: The inaugural Science-Policy Forum held prior to the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) discussed how to bring together diverse scientific and policy communities and citizens' voices to ensure that emerging environmental issues are highlighted and effectively addressed in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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UNEP Releases GEO-6 Regional Assessments [viewed]

GEO619 May 2016: A series of regional reports on the state of the planet's health deliver the message that environmental deterioration is occurring much faster than previously thought and action is needed now to reverse the worst trends. The ‘Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessments,' published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is a compilation of six reports examining environmental issues affecting the world's six regions: the Pan-European region, North America, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and Africa.

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World Cities Report Highlights Impacts of Planning [viewed]

UN-HABITAT18 May 2016: Two-thirds of the global population is expected to live in cities by 2030 and produce as much as 80% of global GDP, according to a UN-Habitat report released ahead of the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). The ‘World Cities Report 2016, Urbanization and Development: Emerging Futures' finds that while cities have become platforms for production and innovation, and lifted millions out of poverty through better jobs and improved quality of life, urbanization has also led to overcrowding, increased inequalities, and environmental and health challenges.

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UNEP Report Addresses Loss and Damage and the Role of Ecosystem Services [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report that aims to enhance understanding of climatic stressor effects on ecosystems and possible correlations and implications for societal losses and damages. The report, titled 'Loss and Damage: The Role of Ecosystem Services,' discusses climate impacts on specific ecosystem services, including on provisioning services, regulating services, supporting services and cultural services.

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GFDRR Report Calls for Transformative Approach to Assessing Risk [viewed]

risker_future_gfdrr16 May 2016: The world is unprepared for an increasing rise in disasters, resulting from climate change, rising populations and greater vulnerability of those living in big cities and unregulated housing, according to a report by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). The report calls for a radical new approach to assessing risk that accounts for rapid changes in global disaster risk.

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Event: Fifth International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 2016 [viewed]

The Fifth International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 2016 (CCA 2016) will take place under the theme, 'Challenges and Issues in Adaptation'. The event aims to provide a platform for participants to build relationships, learn about best practices and foster research collaborations on adaptation. CCA 2016 sessions will include: adaptation services; land and water; resource efficiency; developing a bio-economy; greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring; making transitions happen; sustainable cities and people; and the built environment. The International Center for Research & Development (ICRD) and Unique Conferences Canada are organizing the conference.  

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G7 Environment, Education Ministers Showcase SDG Implementation [viewed]

g7_201616 May 2016: Environment ministers from the Group of 7 (G7) gathered ahead of the 2016 G7 Summit to share their domestic actions to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and called for action under the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Also in advance of the Summit, education ministers convened for the first G7 Education Ministers' meeting, and issued a declaration reaffirming commitments to quality education. The G7 Ise-Shima Summit will take place from 26-27 May 2016, in Ise-Shima, Japan.

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Adaptation Conference Emphasizes Resilience, Financial Inclusion, Links with Development [viewed]

adaptation_futures201613 May 2016: Adaptation Futures 2016, the fourth biennial worldwide conference on climate change adaptation, advanced climate change adaptation issues along a range of themes, including: cities and infrastructure; food, forestry and rural livelihoods; fresh water availability and access; public health; ecosystems and ecosystem-based adaptation; disaster risk reduction (DRR); the Arctic; risk assessment, adaptation planning and evaluation; institutions and governance; and finance, investment and business. The Conference aimed to move climate change adaptation forward by promoting public, commercial and policy solutions across sectors, borders and communities.

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