Human Settlements & Population

Asian Cities Emphasize Climate Focus in Capital Investment Planning [viewed]

World Bank15 May 2014: Representatives of Asian cities met at the second Seoul Creditworthiness Academy workshop to discuss ways to improve municipal finances and access to capital to achieve low-carbon development, and the need for a “climate lens” in developing capital investment plans. Participants included 39 mayors, city officials and technical experts representing 15 cities and provinces from 12 countries across Asia.

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Event: Nansen Initiative Consultation: Regional Dynamics of Human Mobility in West Africa [viewed]

This Nansen Initiative Consultation on Disasters, Climate Change and Displacement, titled 'Regional Dynamics of Human Mobility in West Africa,' will discuss the regional dynamics of human mobility related to those disasters linked to natural hazards and climate change impacts in West Africa, particularly key challenges faced regarding migration, displacement and planned relocation. The event will also address the potential for cooperative measures to help protect displaced populations and migrants, and inform regional policymakers in West Africa and other interested stakeholders about the Nansen Initiative, which is led by the Governments of Switzerland and Norway. Participants will discuss topics related to: protection needs and challenges for displaced persons and migrants in the context of disasters and climate change in West Africa; specific challenges for those displaced across international borders; challenges linked to those migrants who need to adapt to urban environments; the role of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as a platform for regional cooperation; and the position of West African countries in the UNFCCC negotiations. The Nansen Initiative is a State-led consultative process intended to build consensus on developing an agenda that addresses the needs of people displaced across international borders by natural disasters, including those linked to the impacts of climate change.  

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Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial Addresses Finance, Markets and Energy-Water Nexus [viewed]

cem513 May 2014: Energy ministers and high-level delegates from 23 countries, as well as representatives from the private sector and international organizations, gathered for the Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) to discuss accelerating the transition toward a global clean energy economy and to assess progress made since CEM1 in 2010. Around 250 participants attended the meeting, which convened a set of public-private roundtables and a Ministerial segment on clean energy, integration, energy efficiency and human capacity.

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Event: Nansen Initiative Regional Consultation on Natural Hazards, Climate Change and Cross-border Displacement in the Greater Horn of Africa: Protecting People on the Move [viewed]

This Nansen Initiative Regional Consultation on 'Natural Hazards, Climate Change, and Cross-border Displacement in the Greater Horn of Africa: Protecting People on the Move' will explore the issue of cross-border displacement as a result of disasters in the region. The event is being hosted by the Government of Kenya and will bring together representatives of governments, regional organizations, such as the African Union (AU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), UN agencies, Red Cross Societies, community- and faith-based organizations, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other stakeholders working on issues related to displacement, disaster risk reduction (DRR), disaster management, climate change adaptation, human rights and migration. The Consultation will begin with a technical workshop, followed by a dialogue on the workshop's outcomes and agreement for follow-up. The objectives of the Consultation are to: increase knowledge regarding displacement and human mobility dynamics in the region; identify challenges related to disasters and displacement; and develop concrete outcomes to enhance the region's preparedness and response to these challenges. An outcome document is expected to identify common displacement challenges in the context of disasters and climate change in region and recommendations on how to address them. The Nansen Initiative is a State-led consultative process intended to build consensus on developing a protection agenda addressing the needs of people displaced across international borders by natural disasters, including those linked to the impacts of climate change. In 2015, outcomes from the five Nansen Initiative regional consultations will be jointly addressed during a global intergovernmental meeting, where elements of a proposed “protection agenda” addressing cross-border displacement in the context of disasters will be discussed.  

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UNECE Region Agrees on Scope, Objectives for Sustainable Housing Charter [viewed]

UNECE8 May 2014: Government Ministers and Agency Heads from 27 countries agreed on the scope and objectives for a Charter on Sustainable Housing in the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region, at the First Informal Meeting of the Committee on Housing and Land Management. The Charter is expected to support the long-term sustainability of the housing sector and the building of green, socially inclusive human settlements.

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Event: Second Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance [viewed]

The Second Forum of the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) will take place in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from 21-22 June 2014. The theme of the Forum will be 'Mobilizing Adaptation Finance'. Sessions on the first day will focus on: the state of adaptation finance; mainstreaming adaptation in national planning; mobilizing public and private sector sources of finance; and ways to improve dissemination of adaptation best practices. The second day will feature break-out groups on: urban areas and infrastructure; water management and human health; agriculture and land-use; and energy and transport.  

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US Releases Third National Climate Assessment [viewed]

USA Flag6 May 2014: The US Global Change and Research Program (USGCRP) released the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA), which, to date, is the most “comprehensive, authoritative, transparent scientific report on US climate change impacts ever generated.” The report, a key deliverable of US President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan, confirms that climate change is not a distant threat but is currently occuring and has immediate impacts, and that most of the warming over the past 50 years is due to human activities.

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Leaders Plan for Climate Action at Abu Dhabi Ascent [viewed]

united-nations-uae5 May 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) convened the 'Abu Dhabi Ascent,' a special meeting dedicated to preparing world leaders for the 2014 Climate Summit being hosted by the Secretary-General on 23 September. The 'Abu Dhabi Ascent' is the first international conference to draw on the results of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports.

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UNEP's Our Planet Magazine Releases Special Issue on Greening Business [viewed]

UNEPApril 2014: The magazine of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), ‘Our Planet,' has dedicated an issue to the theme of greening business. The magazine features stories by leaders from local and national governments, companies, and international organizations on a wide range of topics, including green growth, energy access, low-carbon development, and the conservation of water, forests and biodiversity.

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April 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-idb-afdb-ebrd-gefApril 2014: Throughout April 2014, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved finance for and highlighted results of projects across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, as well as in small island developing states (SIDS) to: improve water supply and sanitation; build urban and rural water infrastructure; reduce water-related disaster risk and increase climate resilience; improve agricultural water efficiency; construct hydro-power facilities; protect aquatic biodiversity; and promote transboundary water cooperation.

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