Human Settlements & Population

World Water Week 2012 Opens with Focus on Water and Food Security [viewed]

26 August 2012: World Water Week 2012 is underway in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on the theme "Water and Food Security." The programme aims to engage participants on challenges posed by increased competition for water resources, driven in part by population growth and climate change, and its effects on agriculture and food security. World Water Week is organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

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WWAP Publishes Green Accounting for Water Report [viewed]

August 2012: The World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has published a report, titled “Green Accounting and Data Improvement for Water Resources,” which examines the incorporation of water-related indicators into environmental accounting systems by the UN System of Environmental-Economic Accounts for Water (SEEAW), Eurostat, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Environment Agency (EEA).

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ADB Releases Key Asia and Pacific Statistics, Underscores Need to Go Green [viewed]

ADB15 August 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released its annual flagship statistical publication, titled “Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2012.” The publication, which includes a special chapter on Green Urbanization in Asia, examines the challenges and opportunities associated with the region's urban boom, detailing measures required to transform cities into sustainable centres of growth.

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ADB Releases Country Environmental Analysis on China, Recommends Fiscal Reform for Green Growth [viewed]

ADB15 August 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released an updated Country Environmental Analysis of China, titled “Toward an Environmentally Sustainable Future.” The 225-page report details the environmental achievements of China over the last five years, and current challenges including water pollution, water scarcity, and solid waste.

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GEF's Greenline Newsletter Introduces New CEO [viewed]

August 2012: The latest issue of The Greenline newsletter of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) introduces the new GEF CEO and Chairperson, Naoko Ishii, as well as reports on recent climate change initiatives.

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Guest Article #82: Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Africa: Seizing the Opportunity [viewed]

The outcome document from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) emphasizes that adaptation to climate change is an immediate and urgent global priority. The impact of climate change poses eminent danger to human well-being and development pathways in Africa where the resources and capacity to respond are limited. This is going to get worse as warming in Africa is projected to be greater than the global annual mean, with an average increase of 3-4ºC over the next century.

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Many Strong Voices Highlights Historical Documents on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

August 2012: Many Strong Voices (MSV), a collaboration between coastal communities in the Arctic and small island developing States (SIDS) that seeks to promote action on climate change, is working to ensure that information on historical documents relevant to climate change adaptation is available. As part of this effort, MSV highlighted two historical environment and climate change initiatives.  

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Event: Third Asian Development Bank Transport Forum [viewed]

The third Asian Development Bank (ADB) Transport Forum will convene under the theme "Inclusive and Sustainable Transport". The Forum aims to provide the opportunity to discuss and debate the most critical issues currently facing transport in the Asia Pacific region. Sessions will address, inter alia, urban transport, road safety, green freight and transport technologies, climate change resilience, mode choice, socially inclusive transport, road asset management, and cross-border transport.  

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Event: Cool Buildings and Communities Conference [viewed]

This conference, which is co-hosted by the Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership (GSEP) and the Global Cool Cities Alliance, will bring together government officials, industry representatives, and green building and sustainability experts. The conference aims to launch a new non-profit organization focused on deploying cool, efficient policies and technologies, and launch a new network of global cities that are committed to reducing urban heat to promote sustainability. In conjunction with the conference the Cool Roofs and Pavements Working Group of GSEP is organizing a workshop during which member governments can update the Working Group on their initiatives, plan for the 4th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM4) meeting, and interact with other stakeholders to disucss supporting Working Group activities.  

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UNCCD Newsletter Highlights Land for Life Award Winners [viewed]

August 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released issue 4.2/4.3 of UNCCD News. The latest issue features stories on the three winners of the UNCCD's first Land for Life Award.

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