Human Settlements & Population

Integrated Meeting on Sustainable Transport Adopts Bali Declaration [viewed]

est-initiative25 April 2013: The Seventh Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Forum in Asia and the Global Consultation on Sustainable Transport in the Post-2015 Development Agenda took place under the theme “Next Generation Transport Systems We Want for the 21st Century ~ Looking Beyond Rio+20." On the final day of the integrated meeting, delegates adopted the "Bali Declaration on Vision Three Zeros for Next Generation Transport Systems: Zero Congestion, Zero Pollution, and Zero Accidents."

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Event: Eighth ITU Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change: Smart Sustainable Cities [viewed]

The Eighth International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Symposium on Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), the Environment and Climate Change will convene from 6-7 May 2013 in Turin, Italy. The symposium's theme is “Smart Sustainable Cities” and will bring together experts to discuss the latest initiatives in the development of smart cities, with a view to determining the best path forward in leveraging ICTs to enhance cities' environmental sustainability. Agenda items include: energy efficiency, clean power and the smart grid as engines for sustainable urban growth; integrated ICT solutions for smart sustainable cities and empowered citizens; ICTs and climate monitoring; and climate change adaptation and emergency telecommunications in urban areas. The symposium is organized by ITU in partnership with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, will be hosted by Telecom Italia at its innovation center. This symposium will be held in conjunction with the first meeting of the new Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities, on 8 May, and a Workshop on Human Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields, on 9 May.  

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UN Chronicle Examines Water Cooperation [viewed]

United Nations23 April 2013: The first issue of the 2013 UN Chronicle has been released with a focus on the theme of water cooperation. Articles in the magazine address water cooperation in the context of cross-cutting issues such as development goals, women and agriculture, integrated water resources management (IWRM), and private sector involvement.

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IMF/World Bank 2013 Spring Meetings Focus on Extreme Poverty Eradication [viewed]

worldbank_imf20 April 2013: The 87th meeting of the Development Committee, which advises the Board of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), concluded with a call to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable manner, with special attention to climate change.

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UNDP Links Resource-based Conflicts in Asia-Pacific to Climate Change [viewed]

UNDPApril 2013: The Asia-Pacific Resource Centre (APRC) of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a research paper analyzing the links among security, natural resources and climate change, and recommending options to maintain peace and security in the region.

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UNDP Highlights Disproportionate Impacts of Climate Change on Women and Girls' Health [viewed]

UNDPApril 2013: The Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a report, titled “The Health Impacts of Climate Change in Asia-Pacific,” which warns that the health impacts of climate change will disproportionately affect women and girls.

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UNDP Recommends Adaptation Action in Pacific Island Countries [viewed]

UNDPApril 2013: The Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has issued a report. titled “Climate Change and Pacific Island Countries,” on climate impacts and proposed responses.

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Sweden Supports ECOWAS Programme on Climate Adaptability [viewed]

18 April 2013: The Government of Sweden announced it will provide US$6.7 million over four years to help reduce West Africa's vulnerability to climate change and increase the region's capacity to pursue its climate change adaptation programmes.

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ADB's Development Outlook Outlines Asia's Energy Challenges [viewed]

ADB9 April 2013: The annual economic outlook report of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) focuses on rising energy demand in Asia, recommending actions to adopt new energy sources and create integrated regional energy markets in order to protect economic growth and curb carbon emissions.

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UNU-EHS Lecture Focuses on Nansen Initiative, Disaster-induced Migration [viewed]

27 March 2013: The UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) hosted a lecture by Walter Kälin, Envoy of the Chairmanship of the Nansen Initiative, on human displacement across borders as a result of natural disasters. Kälin introduced the Nansen Initiative, which aims to build consensus among governments on how to address cross border displacement following slow-onset and sudden disasters.

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