Human Settlements & Population

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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OWG Co-Chairs Issue Working Document with 16 Focus Areas, 140 Targets [viewed]

owg17 April 2014: The Co-chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have issued a revised working document in preparation for the OWG's 11th session. The new document represents the latest revision to the set of "focus areas" under consideration in the OWG. It includes 16 focus areas and 140 targets.

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UNECE, WHO Highlight Benefits of Green, Healthy Transport [viewed]

who unece14 April 2014: Investing in green and healthy transport is economically profitable and results in positive environmental and health effects, according to ‘Unlocking new opportunities: jobs in green and health transport,' a publication by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe.

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HABITAT and Partners Launch Collaboration on Urban Resilience [viewed]

logo-wuf711 April 2014: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and eight partners launched the Medellín Collaboration on Urban Resilience, to facilitate the flow of knowledge and financial resources to help cities become more resilient to systemic shocks and stresses, including from climate change, disasters caused by natural hazards, and socio-economic challenges resulting from rapid urbanization.

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WUF 7 Adopts Medellín Declaration, Recommends Urban SDG [viewed]

logo-wuf711 April 2014: Participants at the seventh session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 7) adopted the Medellín Declaration, which recognizes the transformational power of cities and describes equity as the foundation of sustainable urban development. Signatories also support the inclusion of an urban Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) in the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNEP, Cities Alliance Outline Tools for Integrating Environment into Urban Planning [viewed]

Integrating the Environment in Urban Planning and Management: Key Principles and Approaches for Cities in the 21st Century8 April 2014: Rapid urbanization is an opportunity to build more sustainable, equitable and efficient cities and towns, according to ‘Integrating the Environment in Urban Planning and Management: Key Principles and Approaches for Cities in the 21st Century,' a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Cities Alliance. The report focuses on the City Development Strategy (CDS) as a tool to integrate environmental issues into city planning while reducing poverty, promoting inclusive economic growth and ensuring sustainable consumption and production (SCP).

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UN Participates in Earth Hour, Cape Town Wins City Challenge Award [viewed]

UN goes dark for the Earth Hour 201129 March 2014: The UN switched off all non-essential lighting at its Headquarters in New York, US, from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time in observance of this year's Earth Hour. Other UN offices in Geneva, Switzerland, and around the world also participated, turning off lights to reduce carbon emissions and call the world to action on climate change.  

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UNDP Calls for Inputs on Draft Social and Environmental Standards [viewed]

UNDP3 March 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced an invitation to provide comments on its draft Social and Environmental Standards (SESs), which underpin UNDP's commitment to mainstreaming social and environmental sustainability in its programmes and projects. The Standards aim to: strengthen UNDP's social and environmental outcomes; minimize and manage adverse impacts when avoidance is not possible; and strengthen capacities for managing social and environmental risks.

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World Bank Report Proposes Priorities for Sustainable Urbanization [viewed]

World Bank25 March 2014: ‘Urban China: Toward Efficient, Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanization,' a report by the World Bank and China's Development Research Center, proposes a ‘new urbanization' path that will be environmentally sustainable, ensure food security, better allocate capital, labor and land, and place people at its center.

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GWP Launches 2020 Strategy [viewed]

GWP Global logotype21 March 2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has launched its strategy for the period 2014-2019, which aims to achieve a ‘water secure world,' focusing on six thematic areas: climate resilience and water security; transboundary water security; food and water security; urbanization and water security; energy and water security; and ecosystems and water security.

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