Human Settlements & Population

UN-HABITAT Identifies Access as Key for Sustainable Urban Transport [viewed]

UN-HABITAT7 October 2013: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) released ‘Planning and Design for Sustainable Urban Mobility: Global Report on Human Settlements 2013' as part of its World Habitat Day Celebrations.

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World Mayors Summit Calls for Increased Financing for Local Climate Actions [viewed]

worldmayorscouncil2 October 2013: The World Mayors Summit on Climate Change brought together local and regional government representatives, who affirmed their commitment to scale up climate actions, urge engagement on climate change at the global level, and enhance access to finance.

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World Habitat Day Focuses on Urban Mobility, Resilient Cities [viewed]

UN-HABITAT7 October 2013: World Habitat Day 2013, celebrated under the theme 'urban mobility,' recognized the essential role of mobility and access to goods and services in the efficient functioning of expanding cities and towns.

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Local and Regional Leaders Discuss New Global Urban Agenda [viewed]

rabat20137 October 2013: The 2013 World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders – 4th United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) World Congress – convened under the theme, 'Imagine Society, Build Democracy,' incorporating such topics as fostering wellbeing, managing diversity, new governance, and the dynamics of change and solidarity between territories.

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World Bank Launches Low-Carbon Livable Cities Initiative [viewed]

World Bank25 September 2013: The World Bank has announced the Low-Carbon Livable Cities (LC2) Initiative, an effort to guide developing country cities onto smart, sustainable, green, and inclusive development pathways. The initiative aims to assist 300 cities in the developing world over the next four years through improved planning and financing for low-carbon investments.

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Event: Special Forum at the General Assembly of the World Mayors Council on Climate Change [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), in cooperation with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, is organizing this Special Forum on the theme “New Directions for Financing Sustainable Cities”. It aims to provide a platform for interaction between the GEF and mayors and local leaders, to discuss, inter alia, GEF's support for cities and how cities can be used to achieve a more integrated approach to addressing climate change, biodiversity and chemicals. The Forum will be held during the 2013 Nantes World Mayors Summit on Climate Change, taking place from 27-28 September.  

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UNDP Outlines Strategy for Sustainable, Inclusive Urbanization in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNDP9 September 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a Strategy Paper on 'Sustainable and Inclusive Urbanization in Asia Pacific,' outlining potential activities and points of entry for UNDP to support governments and local communities in achieving inclusive, resilient and sustainable cities.

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GEF Holds Second Meeting of the GEF-6 Replenishment [viewed]

GEF11 September 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) convened the second meeting of the negotiations for the sixth replenishment of the GEF, bringing together representatives from 29 donor countries, four non-donor recipient countries, civil society, GEF agencies, Trustee, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), the Evaluation Office and the Secretariat.

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World Water Week 2013 Calls for Dedicated SDG on Water [viewed]

world-water-week6 September 2013: World Water Week concluded with the presentation by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) of the Stockholm Statement, which calls for a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water. The statement will be presented as input to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) when it convenes in September 2013.

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UNEP Publishes Reports on Low Carbon Transport and City Planning in India [viewed]

UNEP28 August 2013: Three reports released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) evaluate and summarize options for low carbon city planning, non-motorised transport (NMT) and infrastructure risks due to climate variability in India. The reports were published as part of the project on 'Promoting Low Carbon Transport in India.'

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