Human Settlements & Population

MERCOSUR Leaders Discuss Sustainable Development Post-Rio+20 [viewed]

29 June 2012: The Presidents of the Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR) Member States have issued a declaration addressing sustainable development, climate change, global mercury negotiations and mining. The leaders were meeting during a semi-annual summit, held on 29 June 2012, in Mendoza, Argentina. Immediately thereafter, a summit with the Associate States of Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru adopted two additional declarations.

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Event: Second ITU Green Standards Week [viewed]

This event is being organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and TechAmerica Europe, and will be hosted by Microsoft. The aim of the event is to raise awareness of the importance and opportunities of using information and communication technology (ICT) standards to build a green economy. The week will include: a Forum on Greener Smarter Better Cities to be organized by ITU and the European Commission; a Forum on Boosting Smart Grids through Energy Efficient ICT to be organized by ITU; a Forum on Mapping E-Waste to Address Future Challenges to be jointly organized by ITU, the UN University (UNU) and CEDARE; a Forum on Greening the ICT Supply Chain to be jointly organized by ITU, UNU and CEDARE; a High Level Segment on Greening the Economy through ICT Standards to be jointly organized by ITU, TechAmerica Europe and Microsoft; a Forum on Environmental Sustainability for the ICT Sector to be jointly organized by ITU and ETNO; an Information and Training Session on ITU Methodologies for Environmental Impact Assessment of ICT to be organized by ITU and GeSI; and a session on Submarine Communications Networks For Climate Monitoring and Disaster Warning to be organized by ITU, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).  

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CAF Launches Geopolis at Seminar on Infrastructure for Climate Change [viewed]

10 July 2012: The Latin American Development Bank (CAF) launched Geopolis, a think tank/network aimed at strengthening institutional capacity, and building a culture of disaster prevention and management in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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Ramsar COP 11 Stresses Role of Wetlands in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

13 July 2012: The 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) concluded with the adoption of 22 resolutions, including one on climate change and wetlands.

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CDP Paper Considers Role of Climate Vulnerability in Identifying LDCs [viewed]

UN logoJune 2012: The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Committee for Development Policy (CDP) has published a background paper reviewing the role of climate change vulnerability in identifying Least Developed Countries (LDCs). It argues that climate change should not be regarded as a new and separate handicap, but as a factor that could aggravate existing handicaps to development.

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UNGA President Provides Summary of Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

15 June 2012: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has released the report of its second high-level interactive dialogue on Harmony with Nature, held in New York, US, on 18 April 2012. This dialogue focused on scientific findings on the impacts of human activities on the functioning of the Earth System.

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Human Rights Council Links Internal Displacement With Climate Change [viewed]

6 July 2012: During its 20th session, the UN Human Rights Council expressed concern over the expected exacerbating impact of climate change on natural hazards and climate-related events, and its related contribution to internal displacement.

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Iranian Cities Join UNISDR's Resilient Cities Campaign [viewed]

5 July 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that ten Iranian cities, namely Fariman, Dargaz, Sabzevar, Kashmar, Chenaran, Torbat-e-Heidariyyel, Shandiz, Gonabad, Bajestan and Qouchan, have joined its Making Cities Resilient Campaign. The cities are all located in the disaster-prone province of Khorasan Razavi.

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en.Lighten Initiative Installs Solar LED Streetlights in Nairobi [viewed]

5 July 2012: The en.lighten initiative of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) has installed eight solar LED street lights along UN Avenue in Nairobi, Kenya. Undertaken in partnership with Phillips and the Kenyan Urban Roads Authority, the pilot initiative aims to highlight the benefits of sustainable energy sources and alternatives to expensive, less efficient traditional lighting.

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World Cities Summit Encourages Climate-Friendly Urbanization in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

4 July 2012: Experts at the World Cities Summit discussed strategies to help the urban poor adapt to climate change and to encourage climate-friendly urbanization in Asia-Pacific cities.

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