Human Settlements & Population

World Bank-Supported Event Encourages Youth to Consider Green South Asia [viewed]

World Bank24 December 2012: Supported by the World Bank, the 9th annual South Asia Economic Students Meet (SAESM), held in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 18-22 December 2012, provided a cross-cultural platform for future Asian leaders to exchange innovative ideas on environmental challenges. Under the theme "Towards a Green South Asia," the goal was to engage youth from rising South Asian economies on environmental solutions, while encouraging regional cooperation.

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EEA Highlights Findings of European Year of Water [viewed]

EEA27 December 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has issued a press release reflecting on messages and outcomes of the 2012 European Year of Water. Among the key findings is that European waters require protection from increasing pressures.

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EEA Report Addresses End-User GHG Emissions From Energy [viewed]

EEA20 December 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a technical report examining the demand-side aspects of energy sector greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions trends in the European Union, titled “End-User GHGEmissions from Energy: Reallocations of Emissions from Energy Industries to End Users 2005-2010.”

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ITU Launches Third Green ICT Application Challenge [viewed]

20 December 2012: The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) launched the Third Green Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Application Challenge, in collaboration with Telefónica, in Geneva, Switzerland. The Challenge aims to promote innovation and "out of the box" thinking on smart, sustainable cities and environmental sustainability in urban areas.

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Last Update of 2012 [viewed]

We at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We will resume publication of our knowledgebases on 7 January 2013. Thank you for your support during 2012.

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UN Secretary-General Re-occupies Renovated, Eco-Friendly Offices [viewed]

17 December 2012: The UN has announced that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has re-occupied his usual office in the Secretariat's Headquarters building in New York, US, which is being renovated to improve its environmental performance. 

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Germany, UK Launch Joint Initiative for NAMA Support [viewed]

6 December 2012: The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) of the UK have launched the "NAMA Facility" to support countries to implement Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMAs) to address climate change.

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UN High Commissioner Identifies Climate Change as Contributing to Crisis in Mali [viewed]

10 December 2012: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres addressed the UN Security Council on the Mali crisis, citing climate change as one of the factors precipitating the situation.

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ADB Forum Discusses Flood Management in the Philippines [viewed]

ADB5 December 2012: The "Philippine Flood Management Knowledge Sharing Forum," organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Philippine Department of Public Works and Highways, brought together local and international experts to discuss ways the Philippines can improve its prevention, preparedness, response and recovery from floods. 

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OAS Announces Recipients of ECPA's Sustainable Communities Grants [viewed]

11 December 2012: The Organization of American States (OAS) has announced the 14 recipients of small grants under the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) "Sustainable Communities in Central America and the Caribbean" project.

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