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.

Policy Update #34: July 2016 Monthly Forecast [viewed]

In July 2016, the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will hold its first meeting since governments adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All eyes will be on its discussions regarding follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the presentations of the first governments to volunteer for national reviews of their progress in implementing the SDGs.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Regions Step up DRR Efforts and Resilience to El Niño, Human Mobility, Climate Change and Development Nexus Explored [viewed]

Adaptation_loss_and_damage30 June 2016: As May 2016 became the 13th consecutive month to break the global temperature records, the world's regions' need to adapt to the changing climate grew stronger. In 2015-2016, the periodic warming of the central to Eastern tropical Pacific, known as 'El Niño,' was the strongest since 1997-1998, causing some regions to receive more rain, and others to receive no precipitation. These changes impacted agriculture, food security and nutrition among the affected populations. During the past few weeks, the world's regions, States and sectors have redoubled adaptation efforts, focusing on building resilience and managing disaster risks. The news reported in this Update also demonstrate that the role of cooperation, innovation and knowledge dissemination in advancing climate change adaptation efforts cannot be underestimated.

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Erik Solheim Begins Tenure as UNEP Executive Director [viewed]

UNEP27 June 2016: Erik Solheim, former Minister of Environment and International Development, Norway, assumed his position as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), pledging to focus his tenure on tackling environmental issues affecting human health, and environmental factors leading to conflict and migration.

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UNCCD, Partners Explore Land-Based Solutions to Counter Rural Exodus in West Africa [viewed]

global-mechanism-iom22 June 2016: A joint project by the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is exploring ways to stem the rural-urban exodus in West Africa by developing sustainable alternatives for seasonal migration. Such migration was traditionally used as a coping mechanism in times of poor harvests or extreme drought, but is increasingly being replaced by more permanent relocation due to the cumulative impact of drought, land degradation and climate change on local livelihoods.

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High Level Forum Agrees on Actions to Increase Urban Resilience [viewed]

UNISDR17 June 2016: Ministers, government officials, mayors and UN representatives have agreed on actions that will make cities more resilient against disasters. The High Level Forum on 'Implementing the Sendai Framework For Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) at the Local Level' marked the first time that mayors and representatives of municipalities came together to discuss how to implement the Framework. The meeting resulted in an outcome document titled 'The Florence Way Forward,' which recognizes the importance of coherence at the local level to complement overall implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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April-June 2016 NAMA Update: Linkages Among NAMAs, NDCs and Finance Explored for Enhanced Implementation and Support [viewed]

April 2016 NAMA Update20 June 2016: This periodic update focuses on individual nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, and related support, events and activities, for the period from mid-April 2016 to mid-June 2016. During this period, a number of workshops were organized on capacity building for NAMA design and implementation. The linkages among NAMAs, nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and finance also received attention.

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LAC Countries Adopt Guidelines for Regional DRR Action Plan [viewed]

sendai_americas9 June 2016: Countries in Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) have agreed on guidelines for developing a regional action plan that will encourage countries and communities to reduce disaster risk and potential losses. The guidelines were discussed during the First Meeting of Ministers and High-Level Authorities on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 in the Americas. The conference was the first opportunity for the region to discuss how to implement the Sendai Framework and illustrated the region's commitment to strengthening disaster risk governance.

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G20 Agriculture Ministers Reaffirm Role of Agriculture in Achieving Food Security, Poverty Alleviation, SDGs [viewed]

g20-20163 June 2016: Agriculture Ministers from the Group of 20 (G20) reaffirmed the role of agriculture and rural development in achieving global food security, poverty alleviation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Meeting under the theme, 'Agricultural Innovation and Sustainable Development,' the G20 Agriculture Ministers adopted a Communiqué through which they agree to promote food security, nutrition, sustainable agricultural growth and rural development, and to contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and sustainable natural resource use.

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Experts Discuss Aligning Indicators for SDGs and Sendai Framework for DRR [viewed]

sendai_framework1 June 2016: During a briefing on the theme, 'Monitoring the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030 and promoting coherence with the SDGs,' experts discussed ways of ensuring coherence between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicator framework and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), as well as the latest updates on the work on the indicators for the two agendas. The briefing was organized by the Permanent Missions of Finland and Jamaica, in collaboration with the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR) and the UN Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

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Global Green Growth Forum Showcases Sustainable Energy, Private Sector Partnerships [viewed]

Global Green Growth Forum (3GF)7 June 2016: The 2016 Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) showcased a range of “solutions” for promoting sustainability and encouraging private sector investments in sustainable development, highlighting initiatives related to sustainable energy, water management, climate-smart cities and others aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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