Human Settlements & Population

US-China Issue Joint Statement on Climate Change [viewed]

china_us_flag15 February 2014: US Secretary of State John Kerry has traveled to Beijing, China, where he met government officials to, inter alia, highlight the importance of US-China collaboration on climate change and clean energy. At the conclusion of his meetings, the two sides issued a joint statement on climate change.

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OWG Co-Chairs Compile 19 'Focus Areas' [viewed]

owg21 February 2014: The Co-Chairs of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have assembled a list of 19 'Focus Areas' for consideration by Member States as they seek to identify SDGs and accompanying targets. In a letter accompanying the Focus Areas, released on 21 February 2014, Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and Csaba Kőrösi (Hungary) write that further action in these areas is necessary to build "prosperous, peaceful and resilient societies that also protect the planet."

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February 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdbFebruary 2014: Throughout the month of February, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) undertook a number of activities and highlighted various projects in a range of countries, including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cameroon, Djibouti, the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mauritius, Moldova, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Romania, Swaziland, Turkey and Zimbabwe. 

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Eastern Nile Council of Ministers Renew Cooperation Commitment [viewed]

Nile Basin Initiative3 February 2014: The 26th meeting of the Eastern Nile Council of Ministers (ENCOM), the governing body of the Eastern Nile Subsidiary Action Program (ENSAP) of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), discussed challenges faced in the basin, such as population growth, rapid urbanization, high economic growth rates and climate change.

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C40 Mayors Summit Demonstrates Cities Leading on Climate Change [viewed]

c40summit7 February 2014: The fifth biennial C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) Mayors Summit, which was held for the first time in Africa, brought together C40 mayors from around the world to advance urban solutions to global climate change through individual efforts, as well as international engagement and cooperation.

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UNFCCC Releases ADP Summaries of Warsaw Workshops and Special Event [viewed]

UNFCCC6 February 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) released three documents summarizing two workshops and one special event organized under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) during the Warsaw Climate Change Conference in November 2013.

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World Bank Launches City Climate Accreditation Program [viewed]

World BankJanuary 2014: The World Bank's Urban Development and Resilience Unit has launched a certification program for personnel working on city greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, low-carbon planning and climate risk assessment. The goal of the City Climate Planner Accreditation Program is to promote a global certification standard to facilitate climate planning and investment in cities worldwide.

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Former New York City Mayor Appointed Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

blooberg-ban31 January 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, with the aim of raising political will and mobilizing action among cities as part of the Secretary-General's long-term strategy to advance efforts on climate change. 

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January 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-afdb-ebrd-gefJanuary 2014: During the month of January, the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and a number of regional development banks have approved funding for climate-related projects, or have forwarded climate project proposals for review. The projects address, inter alia: climate innovation in the Caribbean; climate-friendly agriculture; meteorological services; adaptation of small-scale agriculture; clean bus leasing; livelihood diversification; and renewable energy.

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January 2014 Global Water Partnership Update [viewed]

GWP Global logotypeJanuary 2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) is engaging in a number of activities as the year begins and has reported on a number of meetings that were held at the end of 2013 at the regional and national levels. The GWP Central Asia and Caucasus (CACENA) and GWP West Africa (AO) Regional Council convened in late 2013 to approve activities for 2014, and national activities took place in Ukraine and Burkina Faso, among other actions.

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