Human Settlements & Population

MEF Discusses Expectations for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference [viewed]

MEF18 July 2013: Participants at the 16th Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) discussed negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and expectations ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference scheduled to take place in 2015, particularly whether mitigation commitments will be finalized or whether Paris will launch a future process to agree on such commitments.

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IOM Launches Compendium of Activities in Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience [viewed]

iomlogo16 July 2013: In order to help expose the linkages between human mobility, the environment and disasters, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has launched the Compendium of Activities on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Resilience.

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UNFCCC's Momentum for Change 2012 Report Focuses on the Urban Poor [viewed]

UNFCCC9 July 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the 2012 report on the Momentum for Change Initiative. The report features nine experiences that address climate change while improving livelihoods and living conditions in developing countries' urban areas.

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Adaptation Fund Board Supports Capacity Building for National and Regional Implementing Entities [viewed]

Adaptation Fund8 July 2013: At its 21st meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) requested the Secretariat to develop a readiness programme to assist national and regional implementing entities, in an effort to strengthen the quality of design and implementation of projects.

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Environmentally-Friendly UN City Opens in Copenhagen [viewed]

United Nations4 July 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the opening of UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark. The offices contribute to the UN's shift towards carbon neutrality and the objective laid out in the Millennium Declaration to make the UN more coherent and efficient.

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European Commission Funds LIFE+ Biodiversity, Climate Projects [viewed]

European Union 3 July 2013: The European Commission is providing €281.4 million in funding for projects under the LIFE+ programme. The 248 new projects address nature and biodiversity conservation, environmental policy and governance, climate change, and information and communication of environmental issues.

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WESS 2013 Report Focuses on Energy, Food Security and Sustainable Cities [viewed]

UNDESA2 July 2013: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched the World Economic and Social Survey (WESS) 2013, which is subtitled 'Sustainable Development Challenges,' in Geneva, Switzerland. The 2013 report focuses on three sustainable development challenges identified for action at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20): energy transformation; food security and nutrition; and sustainable cities.

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GEO-5 Report Highlights Impacts of a Changing Environment on Business [viewed]

geo521 June 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with SustainAbility and the Green Light Group, has released a report titled 'GEO-5 for Business: Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Corporate Sector.' Based on UNEP's Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), the report offers an analysis of specific risks faced by the construction, chemicals, mining, food and other industries, and suggests ways in which businesses can adjust to create long-term competitive advantages.

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ADB Offers Guidance on Urban Water Infrastructure Climate Resilience in China [viewed]

ADBJune 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a guidance publication, titled 'Increasing Climate Resilience of Urban Water Infrastructure,' based on a case study from Wuhan City, China. The guidance focuses on answering questions faced by city planners and managers, including: what changes might be caused by climate change?; how will these affect services and utilities?; and what can we do now to prepare for them?

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UN Reports GHG Emissions on Journey Towards Climate Neutrality [viewed]

greening the blue logo21 June 2013: The UN has launched the fourth edition of 'Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN,' the annual progress report on the UN's efforts to achieve climate neutrality, which details the UN's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2011 and some of the activities undertaken in 2012 to reduce them.

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