Human Settlements & Population

IOM Newsletter Focuses on Climate Change and Migration, SIDS [viewed]

iomlogo5 June 2014: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) highlights adaptation, abilities, alliances and action in its environmental migration newsletter, titled 'Migration the Big Issue: Migration, Environment, Climate Change.' The issue considers these themes in relation to small island developing States (SIDS), presenting articles on disaster risk management (DRM), human mobility and climate change, partnerships and recent efforts toward solutions.

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Pacific DRM Platform Calls for Strengthened Action to Prevent Risk Accumulation, Build Resilience [viewed]

UNISDR4 June 2014: Delegates called for a Post-2015 Framework for DRR to link, where appropriate, with the expected 2015 climate change agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The call came at the conclusion of the Sixth Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management (DRM). The statement, titled 'Way Forward: Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific,' calls for a "whole-of-society" approach to prevent and reduce disaster risk. 

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UN-HABITAT Announces Collaboration to Strengthen City Resilience Software [viewed]

UN-HABITAT3 June 2014: The UN Human Settlements Programme's (UN-HABITAT) City Resilience Profiling Progamme and the Autonomous University of Barcelona's School of Engineering announced a collaboration to design and construct software to increase cities' resilience to disasters.

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June 2014 Bonn Climate Change Conference to Open with High-Level Ministerial Events [viewed]

UNFCCC2 June 2014: The Bonn Climate Change Conference will begin with two high-level ministerial sessions on: implementation of the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol; and political aspects of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), including the nature of nationally determined contributions for the 2015 agreement and the necessary level of ambition before 2020. Ministers will also consider the recently published reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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ICLEI, Partners Summarize Implications of AR5 Findings for Cities [viewed]

iclei-ecf-uoc29 May 2014: ICLEI– Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and European partners have released a summary of findings relevant to cities from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The briefing explains the science and technical details in AR5 that are of special consequence for the cities sector.

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Conference Emphasizes Role of Cities, Local Governments in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

resiliente-cities-201431 May 2014: Participants highlighted the role of cities and local governments in tackling the twin challenges of climate change and urbanization at the Fifth Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation, also known ‘Resilient Cities 2014.' The event focused on: risk data and analysis; adaptation planning and policy; comprehensive adaptation approaches; collaborative and community-based adaptation; resilient infrastructure and city-region support systems; and governance and capacity building.

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GEF Assembly Discusses Facility's Next Four Years [viewed]

Captura de pantalla 2014-06-01 a la(s) 18.36.3329 May 2014: The fifth meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly, which convened from 28-29 May, in Cancun, Mexico, highlighted and discussed the GEF2020 Strategy along with the mission and vision guiding the GEF going forward. 

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May 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdbMay 2014: During May, international and regional financial institutions, including the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), undertook a variety of actions related to water resources, including presenting the results of existing projects, participating in regional conferences and approving new loans. Projects this month addressed issues including transboundary water cooperation, water supply and sanitation, hydroelectric generation, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ecosystem service conservation, among others.

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UNISDR R!SE Initiative to Mainstream DRM in Business [viewed]

rise19 May 2014: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) launched the R!SE Initiative, which: has the objective of mainstreaming disaster risk management (DRM) into corporate planning and investment decision making; brings together business, investment and insurance representatives, as well as actors from the public sector, business education and civil society; and aims to develop and promote global standards on risk metrics and voluntary industry standards for disaster risk-sensitive investment.

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Military Advisory Board Identifies Climate Change as Security Threat [viewed]

accelerating-risks-climate-change13 May 2014: The CNA Corporation's Military Advisory Board has published a report, titled ‘National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change,' which provides an update to a 2007 CNA report that described climate change as a “threat multiplier.” The 2014 report reexamines climate change impacts on US national security within a more complex and integrated world and, looking at new vulnerabilities and tensions, identifies climate change as a “catalyst for instability and conflict.”

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