Human Settlements & Population

World Cities Report Highlights Impacts of Planning [viewed]

UN-HABITAT18 May 2016: Two-thirds of the global population is expected to live in cities by 2030 and produce as much as 80% of global GDP, according to a UN-Habitat report released ahead of the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). The ‘World Cities Report 2016, Urbanization and Development: Emerging Futures' finds that while cities have become platforms for production and innovation, and lifted millions out of poverty through better jobs and improved quality of life, urbanization has also led to overcrowding, increased inequalities, and environmental and health challenges.

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UNEP Report Addresses Loss and Damage and the Role of Ecosystem Services [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report that aims to enhance understanding of climatic stressor effects on ecosystems and possible correlations and implications for societal losses and damages. The report, titled 'Loss and Damage: The Role of Ecosystem Services,' discusses climate impacts on specific ecosystem services, including on provisioning services, regulating services, supporting services and cultural services.

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GFDRR Report Calls for Transformative Approach to Assessing Risk [viewed]

risker_future_gfdrr16 May 2016: The world is unprepared for an increasing rise in disasters, resulting from climate change, rising populations and greater vulnerability of those living in big cities and unregulated housing, according to a report by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). The report calls for a radical new approach to assessing risk that accounts for rapid changes in global disaster risk.

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Event: Fifth International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 2016 [viewed]

The Fifth International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 2016 (CCA 2016) will take place under the theme, 'Challenges and Issues in Adaptation'. The event aims to provide a platform for participants to build relationships, learn about best practices and foster research collaborations on adaptation. CCA 2016 sessions will include: adaptation services; land and water; resource efficiency; developing a bio-economy; greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring; making transitions happen; sustainable cities and people; and the built environment. The International Center for Research & Development (ICRD) and Unique Conferences Canada are organizing the conference.  

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G7 Environment, Education Ministers Showcase SDG Implementation [viewed]

g7_201616 May 2016: Environment ministers from the Group of 7 (G7) gathered ahead of the 2016 G7 Summit to share their domestic actions to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and called for action under the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Also in advance of the Summit, education ministers convened for the first G7 Education Ministers' meeting, and issued a declaration reaffirming commitments to quality education. The G7 Ise-Shima Summit will take place from 26-27 May 2016, in Ise-Shima, Japan.

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Adaptation Conference Emphasizes Resilience, Financial Inclusion, Links with Development [viewed]

adaptation_futures201613 May 2016: Adaptation Futures 2016, the fourth biennial worldwide conference on climate change adaptation, advanced climate change adaptation issues along a range of themes, including: cities and infrastructure; food, forestry and rural livelihoods; fresh water availability and access; public health; ecosystems and ecosystem-based adaptation; disaster risk reduction (DRR); the Arctic; risk assessment, adaptation planning and evaluation; institutions and governance; and finance, investment and business. The Conference aimed to move climate change adaptation forward by promoting public, commercial and policy solutions across sectors, borders and communities.

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Event: COP22 Low-Emissions Solutions Conference [viewed]

The COP22 'Low-Emissions Solutions Conference: Global Brainstorming on Practical Pathways to Low Emissions' will follow up on commitments made in the Paris Agreement on climate change, in which countries are responsible for submitting a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) for the period to 2030, as well as a Low-Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) to 2050. Convening under the theme 'Global Brainstorming on Practical Pathways to Low Emissions,' the Conference will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, exchange information, identify bottlenecks, discuss best practices and prioritize future research. The conference will: support operationalization of the Paris Agreement; strengthen the technical capacities of countries to prepare their NDCs and LEDs; develop technology pathways for decarbonized energy systems; and create a dialogue among engineers and technology specialists on innovative solutions for a low-emissions future. The agenda includes the following issues: design of NDCS and LEDS; cities and energy efficiency in buildings; transport; power generation and distribution; and public policies and regulations to support the decarbonization of energy systems. The Conference will be held on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC. It is the first time in the history of the COP that a large-scale technical solutions conference is being organized for countries, and the goal is that it become an annual event at future COPs. The Conference is being organized by the Government of Morocco, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC, CTCN Board Meet, Capacity-Building Initiatives Focus on Renewables, Subsidiary Bodies Prepare for Bonn Session [viewed]

unfccc_unitar_unep_unhabitat_wmo11 May 2016: Under the international climate regime, industrialized countries provide developing States, in particular small island developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), with financial, technical and capacity-building support to help them implement mitigation and adaptation actions. A number of key meetings related to technology issues took place over the past few weeks, including the twelfth meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the seventh meeting of the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), which set the course for the years ahead. The CTCN Advisory Board recently received its 100th request for assistance and kicked off its series of 2016 Stakeholder Engagement Forums. Some of the capacity-building activities that took place over the past month focused on renewables, while others traced linkages among climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and sustainable development.

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Climate Action 2016 Event Builds Momentum to Implement Paris Agreement [viewed]

climate_action20166 May 2016: Two weeks after the Paris Agreement on climate change was opened for signature, an estimated 700 representatives from intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, national governments and the private sector gathered in Washington, DC, for “Climate Action 2016,” to continue building momentum and partnerships for global action to address climate change. The two-day event involved keynote speeches and round table discussions in which participants discussed the challenges and opportunities to turn the “intended” nationally determined contributions (INDCs) developed under the context of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) into “implemented” NDCs.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Urban Resilience, DRR Enter the Limelight; Potentially Irreversible Harm Exposed [viewed]

adaptation_loss_damage 4 May 2016: The first target under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) is to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries. Much of the news on adaptation and loss and damage coming out of the month of April contributed to the implementation of this target, including projects promoting climate resilience in urban and rural settings, and resilience in the field of agriculture.

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