Human Settlements & Population

Experts Discuss Population and Sustainable Development Linkages Ahead of CPD 48 [viewed]

undesa-populationdivision22 January 2015: The Commission on Population and Development (CPD) held a moderated discussion with experts on the state of scientific knowledge on some of the main substantive issues expected to be discussed during its 48th session. Several panelists outlined linkages between population and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Event: ICLEI World Congress 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) World Congress will be held under the theme of 'Sustainable Solutions for an Urban Future' in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The week-long triennial event will include: the ICLEI Council Meeting; plenaries on trends and targets, financing, accelerating local action and the SDGs; and sessions on 'Urban China,' water and innovative city leaders. Alongside the Congress, parallel events are planned, including an Urban Nature Forum, Researchers' Symposium and technical site visits in the city of Seoul. An expected outcome of the Congress is the collation of local governments' proposals into coherent themes and agendas so that they may contribute to the international debate.  

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Event: C40 Latin American Mayors Forum [viewed]

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, are hosting Latin American mayors for a one-day forum on climate change leadership at the local government level. The Forum will provide an opportunity for cities in the region to announce commitments on climate change in line with the Compact of Mayors. Participants will also share best practices, seek collective strategies, and learn of the technical assistance available to cities complying with the Compact. Mayors from both C40 cities and non-C40 cities in Latin America will be in attendance.  

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Event: Ninth World Urban Forum [viewed]

The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. WUF9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies. The WUF's key objectives include: advocating for and raising awareness on sustainable urban development; advancing knowledge on sustainable urbanization through debates, and exchange of experiences and best practices; and coordinating and cooperating within and between different constituencies towards advancing and implementing the Habitat Agenda. WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world. WUF9 will be the first Forum to meet after the post-2015 development agenda process and the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016.  

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Event: 7th International i-Rec Conference and Student Competition [viewed]

The 7th International i-Rec Conference and Student Competition, focusing on the theme of 'Reconstruction and Recovery in Urban Contexts,' will take place from 6-8 July at University College London (UCL), UK. The conference will seek to enhance understanding of how urban contexts shape disaster recovery, and how reconstruction and recovery activities can enhance the functioning of cities. Comprised of keynote presentations, individual paper presentations and thematic round table sessions, the event is designed to bring together researchers and practitioners with the aim of moving forward, and bringing to the attention of decision makers, issues relevant for post-disaster organization and action.  

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WEF Report Identifies Climate Issues as a Top Global Risk [viewed]

World Economic Forum15 January 2015: The World Economic Forum's (WEF) latest Global Risks Report identifies: climate-related issues among the top global risks the world will face over the next ten years, both in terms of likelihood and impact; extreme weather as the second most likely major risk; and the failure to adapt to climate change among the top five global risks in terms of impact.

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African Youth Commit to DRR [viewed]

UNISDR14 January 2015: African youth leaders are taking action to ensure their communities are better informed and prepared to reduce disaster risks. Seven youth leaders participated in a disaster risk reduction (DRR) educational voyage and training programme aboard the passenger ship of the Japan-based NGO Peace Boat, which sailed from the port of Maputo, Mozambique, to Cape Town, South Africa.

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IOM, Sciences Po Assess Migration, Environment and Climate Change Nexus [viewed]

iomlogo5 January 2015: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Paris Institute for Political Science (Sciences Po) have jointly published a report, titled ‘The State of Environmental Migration 2014: A Review of 2013,' which aims to enhance the understanding of links between natural disasters, including sudden natural onset events and slow onset events, and human mobility. The report seeks to raise awareness on the effects of climate change on the livelihoods of vulnerable populations.

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Cities in Central Asia, Caucasus Join UNISDR Resilient Campaign [viewed]

UNISDR12 January 2015: Eight cities in Central Asia and the Caucasus have joined the UN campaign, ‘Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready,' which includes over 2,400 participants worldwide. The eight cities are: Noyemberyan and Berd in Armenia; Tbilisi and Gori in Georgia; Oskemen and Ridder in Kazakhstan; and Bishkek and Kara-Kol in Kyrgyzstan. By joining the campaign, the cities commit to strengthen community resilience by integrating disaster risk reduction (DRR) into local policies.

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December 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

AfDB-ADB-EBRD-EIB-IDB-GEF-WB-CIFDecember 2014: During the month of December, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), World Bank and other donors undertook activities and approved finance for sustainable energy projects in, among other countries, Bhutan, Chile, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Poland, Suriname, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, Uruguay, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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