Human Settlements & Population

IPU Adopts Resolution on Risk Resilient Development [viewed]

Ipu21 March 2014: The 130th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) concluded with the adoption of a resolution on risk resilient development, which: underscores that “reducing disaster risk and protecting people's lives are the legal responsibility of all public representatives;” and urges members to enhance their oversight role and “take immediate action to review existing legislation related to disaster risk reduction (DRR).”

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European Commission Launches 'Mayors Adapt' [viewed]

mayorsadapt19 March 2014: The European Commission has announced a new initiative, 'Mayors Adapt,' aimed at building European cities' resilience to climate change. Local authorities joining the initiative will create adaptation plans in support of the EU Adaptation Strategy and review their progress every two years.

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CARIAA Targeting Research on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa and Asia [viewed]

cariaa7 March 2014: The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) has launched a research programme on climate change adaptation that is to be conducted by four consortia. The research will focus on three climate change “hotspots”—sensitive regions inhabited by large numbers of people: semi-arid regions; deltas; and glacier and snowpack-dependent river basins.

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UN-HABITAT Calls for Re-Thinking African Approaches to Urbanization [viewed]

UN-HABITAT3 March 2014: Africa's development trajectories may not deliver broad human development and prosperity for all, given Africa's rapid urbanization, massive population growth and urban poverty, according to ‘The State of African Cities 2014: Re-imagining sustainable urban transitions,' a report by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). 

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WUC Booklet Highlights Cities as Key to Sustainable Future [viewed]

UN-HABITAT4 March 2014: Cities are key battlegrounds in global efforts to achieve a sustainable future, according to ‘The City We Need,' a booklet launched by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) on 4 March 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The booklet sets out a vision of the 21st century city, recommends nine principles for achieving sustainable urban development, and proposes a policy and legislative framework for a new urban paradigm.

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UN Reports Progress Towards Climate Neutrality [viewed]

United Nations27 February 2014: The fifth edition of the publication ‘Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN: The UN System's Footprint and Efforts to Reduce It' provides an analysis of the UN's performance in implementing its Climate Neutral Strategy, details greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for 64 organizations in 2012, breaks down emissions by source, and covers nearly 225,000 staff around the world.

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UNEP FI Argues for Energy Efficiency Retrofit Investments [viewed]

UNEP FI26 February 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative (FI) has released an Investor Briefing, titled 'Commercial Real Estate: Unlocking the energy efficiency retrofit investment opportunity.' The briefing makes the business case for efficiency investments and presents best practices from leading real estate investors.

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IDB Hosts Discussion Panel on Healthy, Green and Sustainable Cities [viewed]

IDB26 February 2014: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/CoA) co-hosted a discussion panel for the launch of the Winter 2014 issue of 'Americas Quarterly,' centered on the theme 'Our Cities, Our Future: Making Cities Healthy, Green and Sustainable.' 

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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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