Human Settlements & Population

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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Kampala Convention on Internally Displaced Persons Enters into Force [viewed]

6 December 2012: The African Union (AU) Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Africa (also known as the Kampala Convention) entered into force on 6 December 2012. The treaty aims to protect those displaced within their own countries through violence, natural disaster and other forces.

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WFP, UN-HABITAT Partner to Increase Urban Climate Resilience in the Philippines [viewed]

6 December 2012: The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) have partnered to carry out the “Philippine Cities and Climate Change Adaptation” initiative, which aims to increase resilience to climate change in four Filipino cities.

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GEF CEO Launches Forum on Innovation and Partnership [viewed]

6 December 2012: Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environmental Fund (GEF), announced launch of the Forum on Innovation and Partnership on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The initiative aims to foster "thought provoking" discussion on creative innovation and technology transfer.

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UNISDR Report Highlights DRR Challenges in African Cities [viewed]

5 December 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has released a report, titled "City Resilience in Africa: A Ten Essentials Pilot," which highlights a lack of means, capacity and political will within a number of medium-sized African towns to address disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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World Bank Releases Report on Climate Change in the MENA Region [viewed]

World Bank5 December 2012: The World Bank has released a report, titled "Adaptation to a Changing Climate in the Arab Countries: a Case for Adaptation Governance and Leadership in Building Climate Resilience," which assesses the impact of climate change in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and stresses the need for adaptation programmes based on strong leadership and prioritization of climate policies at the national level.

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ESMAP Report Finds Large Potential for Low-Carbon Growth Strategies [viewed]

4 December 2012: The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank has released a new report, titled "Planning for a Low Carbon Future: Lessons Learned from Seven Country Studies," which presents results from cases studies on strategies to develop long-term frameworks for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to economic growth.

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COP 18 Participants Celebrate “Lighthouse Activities” to Address Climate Change [viewed]

UNFCCC4 December 2012: Participants at the Doha Climate Change Conference celebrated the accomplishments of nine public-private "Lighthouse Activities," pioneering initiatives curbing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while yielding benefits for the urban poor. The concept behind the activities is to highlight inspiring mitigation and adaptation activities, and to spur innovation and increase capacity for future initiatives.

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UNISDR Center of Excellence Created in Brazil [viewed]

30 November 2012: The Regional Office for the Americas of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), working with the Brazilian Government, has inaugurated a Center of Excellence for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) based in Rio de Janeiro.

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Ramsar Evaluates Risk to Wetlands from Climate Change-Induced Sea-Level Rise [viewed]

3 December 2012: The Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has released a Briefing Note, titled "Evaluating the risk to Ramsar Sites from climate change induced sea level rise," together with its web map service and data sets. These resources present a preliminary assessment of coastal Ramsar Sites that are at risk of inundation as a consequence of sea level rise.

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