Human Settlements & Population

Equator Prize Announces 2015 Winners [viewed]

equatorinitiative21 September 2015: The 21 winning initiatives of the 2015 Equator Prize include a indigenous group in Brazil that inspired the film 'Avatar'; a conservation group in Indonesia that is saving sea turtles; a movement for pygmy rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and a community-based organization in the poorest region of Afghanistan that is restoring areas affected by conflict and creating new jobs. The prize is the "flagship programme" of the Equator Initiative, a partnership that brings together the UN, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to advance sustainable development solutions.

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SDGs Present Opportunity for Sustainable Urbanization: UNDP Director [viewed]

UNDP21 September 2015: Urbanization presents an opportunity to formulate a "global socio-economic development path that is equitable, inclusive, risk-informed and just,” writes Magdy Martínez-Solimán, Director, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UN Development Programme (UNDP). In a post on the UNDP blog, Martínez-Solimán welcomes Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 on urban resilience and outlines key components of sustainable urban development.

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UN, Peru and France Showcase Actions under Lima-Paris Action Agenda [viewed]

lpaa17 September 2015: The UN and the Governments of France and Peru have launched a website in order to show how momentum for climate action is building ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), where governments are expected to agree on a global climate agreement.

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Event: World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Defense of Life [viewed]

This event, to be hosted by the Government of Bolivia, is expected to tackle “the threats of capitalism against life, climate change and the culture of life,” according to Bolivian President Evo Morales. The meeting is expected to result in a declaration, which aims to influence delegates to negotiate a new global climate deal that binds all countries to cuts in emissions. In 2010, Bolivia hosted the 'World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth'.  

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Eye on Earth Receives 120 SDG Project Submissions [viewed]

eye_on_earth16 September 2015: The Eye on Earth partnership has received 120 project proposals ahead of its Abu Dhabi summit, taking place from 6-8 October 2015. The partnership highlighted that all of the projects seek to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including action on sustainable cities, climate change, land degradation and oceans.

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US, Chinese Subnational Leaders Issue Climate Declaration [viewed]

climate_leaders_summit16 September 2015: A number US and Chinese subnational leaders issued the US-China Climate Leaders Declaration stressing their determination to lead climate actions in their respective countries, municipalities and regions. The declaration was issued at the US-China Climate Leaders Summit, an outcome of the US and Chinese Presidents' Joint Announcement on Climate Change of November 2014.

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WFC XIV Concludes Setting out a 2050 Vision for Forests [viewed]

Panelists-for-the-Innovation-and-Investment Forum11 September 2015: Held from 7-11 September 2015, in Durban, South Africa, the fourteenth World Forestry Congress (XIV WFC) concluded with a declaration setting out a vision for 2050 that sees forests playing a decisive role for food security, improved livelihoods and in the fight against climate change. The meeting also issued messages to the UN Sustainable Development Summit and the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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New Climate Economy Explores Low-Carbon Development in Cities [viewed]

the_new_climate_economy8 September 2015: A report published by the New Climate Economy finds that investing in public and low-emission transport, building efficiency and waste management could save US$17 trillion by 2050 and reduce emissions by 3.7 gigatonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) per year by 2030, or more than the current annual emissions of India. The report, titled ‘Accelerating Low-Carbon Development in the World's Cities,' states that with complementary national policies, including low-carbon innovation, reduced fossil fuel subsidies and carbon pricing, savings could top US$22 trillion.

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UNCCD Publishes Outcomes of 3rd Scientific Conference [viewed]

CST S-4 & UNCCD 3rd Scientific ConferenceSeptember 2015: A new publication, titled ‘Climate change and land degradation: Bridging knowledge and stakeholders,' contains the key outcomes of the 3rd Scientific Conference of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which took place in Cancun, Mexico, in March 2015. The report discusses how new interactions between climate change related demographic pressures and unsustainable land management practices are exacerbating land degradation and desertification and contributing to increased poverty, malnutrition, migration, political insecurity and conflict.

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Arctic Conference Highlights Priorities for and Challenges Facing the Region [viewed]

glacier_20151 September 2015: The US Government convened the ‘Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER)' to highlight international and domestic priorities in the Arctic, define critical challenges facing the region, raise awareness about climate change impacts in the Arctic, and focus on innovative approaches to address challenges at the local, national and international levels.

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