Human Settlements & Population

UNGA Agrees on Inclusive Participation at Habitat III [viewed]

hiii23 December 2015: The Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will be “the most inclusive [Conference] ever organized by the UN,” according to the Conference secretariat, following the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) adoption of the modalities of work for Habitat III. The text approves rules of procedure for the Conference and arrangements for accreditation and participation of major groups and other stakeholders, including recognition of the participation of local authorities. The Assembly also encourages Member States to conclude negotiations on the Conference outcome by July 2016, at the Preparatory Committee's third session.

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IGOs, Development Banks and UN Agencies React to Paris Agreement [viewed]

paris_agreementDecember 2015: Upon adoption of the Paris Agreement by the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France, a broad array of stakeholders, including UN agencies, development banks and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), responded to the outcome reached by the 196 UNFCCC Parties. The Agreement, which will be opened for signature in April 2016, aims to strengthen the global response to climate change, hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.

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Event: 7th International Conference on Integrated Natural Disaster Management [viewed]

The 7th International Conference on Integrated Natural Disaster Management (INDM) will bring together Iranian and international experts in risk and disaster management to discuss a range of topics in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030. The conference will focus on four priority action areas: understanding disaster risk, including exposure, vulnerability and hazard characteristics; strengthening disaster risk governance to manage risk; investing in DRR for resilience; and enhancing disaster preparedness to effectively respond and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction. More specifically, the conference will address: climate change adaptation; risk management with an emphasis on earthquakes, floods, storms and extreme heat and cold; risk management in massive religious structures; interaction and communication of risk in controlling the consequences of natural hazards; the role of urban strategies in disaster preparedness and response; the use of new technologies, such as remote sensing, monitoring and warning systems, innovations and inventions; national strategies for risk and crisis management; health management in crisis, with the aim of reducing amputations; mental health management of survivors, particularly children and women; and population management to prevent deaths during religious ceremonies. The conference is being organized by the Global Risk Forum (GRF Davos) and the INDM Secretariat.  

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Event: Second Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage [viewed]

The Second Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage Associated with Climate Change Impacts. The meeting is expected to discuss, inter alia: engagement of Executive Committee members in external activities; the Committee's two-year workplan and the delivery of activities; progress and intersessional e-brainstroming related to the Warsaw Mechanism's various action areas and related activities; specific work to be undertaken in the first half of 2016; any relevant requests arising from the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC; and arrangements for the Mechanism's operationalization.

The Warsaw Mechanism, which was established at COP 19 in November 2013, aims to address loss and damage associated with the impacts of climate change, including extreme events and slow onset events in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. The Mechanism's Executive Committee aims to guide the implementation of the functions of Mechanism, and is guided by and accountable to, and reports annually to, the COP.  

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December 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

December 2015 Climate Finance Update21 December 2015: During the month of December, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund and the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), among others, reported on new financing pledges and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and UN initiatives launched studies, reports and briefs on, inter alia, climate risks and resilience, and adaptation finance. A large number of climate finance-related side events were held during the UN Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.

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Non-State Actors Sign Paris Pledge for Action [viewed]

cop2116 December 2015: A call to action to support the Paris Agreement has been launched, with almost 700 major cities, regions, companies and investors as initial signatories. Under the Paris Pledge for Action, or 'L'Appel de Paris,' these signatories commit to aid in the quick and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and to contribute to accelerating the necessary transformation to combat climate change.

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COP 21 Considers Revised Draft Paris Outcome [viewed]

cop21_day1110 December 2015: Negotiations continued on the draft outcome of the Paris Climate Change Conference on Thursday, 10 December, with COP 21 President Laurent Fabius introducing a revised draft text in the evening. Fabius said there are “open options” on the most complex issues of differentiation, finance and ambition, and asked delegates to examine the document with a "new perspective,” keeping the final agreement in mind, suggesting “we are extremely close to the finish line.” Following a second night of negotiations, delegates were told on Friday that the sixth meeting of the Comité de Paris would convene Saturday morning, 12 December, during which a final draft of the proposed Paris Outcome would be presented.

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LPAA Results in Over 70 Major Climate Action Initiatives [viewed]

lpaa9 December 2015: The Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA), which convened on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference, illustrated the “massive and rising response by cities, regions, business and civil society to take ambitious climate action, frequently in cooperation with national governments,” according to the UNFCCC Secretariat. The LPAA resulted in over 70 major initiatives from nearly 10,000 actors from 180 countries on agriculture, building, business, cities, forests, innovation, private finance, resilience, short-lived climate pollutants, transport and water.

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UNEP and ICLEI Announce Collaboration [viewed]

unep_iclei8 December 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability at the Cities & Regions Pavilion on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The MoU is expected to serve as an umbrella for a range of initiatives between UNEP and ICLEI, addressing areas such as sustainable consumption and production (SCP), air pollution, biodiversity, energy and transport.

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LPAA Launches 5-Year Vision for Climate Action by Cities, Regions [viewed]

lpaa8 December 2015: The Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA), a partnership of governments and the UN, launched a five-year vision aiming to strengthen action on climate change by cities and regions, on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The LPAA is led jointly by the Governments of Peru and France, the Office of the UN Secretary-General, and the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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