Human Settlements & Population

UNISDR, UNDP Host DRR Training for Lebanese Local Authorities [viewed]

13 September 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), together with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the Lebanese Prime Minister's office convened a training of trainers on the role of government in disaster risk reduction (DRR). 

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UNEP, GEF Guidebook Outlines Technologies for Climate Change Mitigation in Building Sector [viewed]

August 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have published a guidebook on mitigation technologies and practices in the building sector, with examples of the use of solar energy, energy efficient building materials, and urban planning for storm water management. 

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Event: Seventh World Urban Forum [viewed]

The seventh session of the World Urban Forum (WUF) will be held in Medellin, Colombia, on the theme ‘Urban equity in development – Cities for life'. WUF 7 will include high-level dialogues on equity in urban development law; urban planning and design for social cohesion; basic services--local businesses for equitable cities; innovative financing instruments for local authorities; raising standards or urban resilience; and a safe city as a just and equitable city. It will also feature special sessions, round tables and business, gender and youth assemblies. WUF is an international forum exchanging views and experiences on urban challenges and opportunities. Participants include governments, international organisations, NGOs and other stakeholders. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) convenes the WUF every two years.  

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UNU–EHS Joins ANDROID Network to Improve Disaster Preparedness in Cities [viewed]

4 September 2012: The UN University (UNU) Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU–EHS) has joined the Academic Network for Disaster Resilience to Optimize Educational Development (ANDROID). This network aims to improve disaster preparedness in cities worldwide by promoting cooperation and innovation among the European higher education community.

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UNEP, UN-HABITAT, World Bank and Cities Alliance Launch K4C at World Urban Forum [viewed]

4 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the World Bank and Cities Alliance launched the Knowledge Centre on Cities and Climate Change (K4C) at the 6th World Urban Forum in Naples, Italy. K4C is an interactive knowledge platform for sharing best practices and experiences on climate change projects in cities.

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International Disaster and Risk Conference Focuses on Integrative Risk Management [viewed]

31 August 2012: The International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) 2012 convened in Davos, Switzerland, from 26-30 August 2012, under the theme of “Integrative Risk Management in a Changing World - Pathways to a Resilient Society.” The conference aimed to discuss new findings and exchange experiences about the broad spectrum of risks societies currently face.

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UNISDR Releases 2012 Making Cities Resilient Report [viewed]

4 September 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has released the “Making Cities Resilient Report 2012,” which aims to provide a global snapshot of how local governments reduce disaster risk. The report was released at the World Urban Forum, which is convening in Naples, Italy, from 2-6 September 2012.

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ILO Green Jobs Programme Supports Training in Haiti [viewed]

ILO31 August 2012: The International Labour Organization (ILO) is sponsoring efforts to help people in Haiti transition from livelihoods that degrade the environment to "green jobs" that restore it, following the 2010 earthquake in the country. Project outcomes are expected to address food insecurity, create jobs and restore the environment.

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Event: Better Air Quality 2012 [viewed]

Better Air Quality (BAQ) 2012 is organized by the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities, the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, in partnership with Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank. The theme of BAQ 2012 is “Growing Cities, Healthy Cities,” reflecting the need in Asia to create livable cities with blue skies, a low carbon footprint, green buildings and spaces, and transport systems that embrace public transport, walking and cycling.  

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FAO Releases First Status Report on Urban and Peri-urban Horticulture in Africa [viewed]

FAO30 August 2012: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released the “First Status Report on Urban and Peri-urban Horticulture in Africa.” Accompanying strong economic growth and expansion of urban centers in Africa, FAO notes the strong potential contribution of urban gardening to food security, climate change adaptation, and sustainable development.

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