Human Settlements & Population

UNICEF Studies Children's Vulnerability to Climate Change [viewed]

14 November 2011: The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has released a report on the climate change challenges that children face in East Asia and the Pacific. The report indicates that climate change will exacerbate the living conditions of millions of children in the region, who already suffer from a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation and are vulnerable to malnutrition and diseases.

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World Energy Outlook 2011 Warns Against Unsustainable Energy Future [viewed]

9 November 2011: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) annual flagship publication, the “World Energy Outlook 2011,” stresses that increasing investments in high-carbon infrastructure are making the 2°C international climate change goal more challenging and expensive to meet.

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UN-HABITAT and Partners Support Climate Resilience of Coastal Sri Lankan Cities [viewed]

4 November 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), the University of Moratuwa, the Batticaloa Municipal Council (BMC) and the Negombo Municipal Council (NMC), has launched a project titled "Climate Resilient Action Plans for Coastal Urban Areas, Sri Lanka (CCSL)" aimed at enhancing the resilience to climate change of coastal Sri Lankan cities through disaster risk management.

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CEB's Common Statement on Rio+20 Notes Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

31 October 2011: The UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) has issued a common statement on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), following the CEB's biannual meeting and retreat. The statement underscores that eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development "must start with the recognition that the world has changed in fundamental ways."  

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UNDP Releases Guide on Climate-Proofing Infrastructure [viewed]

31 October 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a guide titled "Paving the Way for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure: Guidance for Practitioners and Planners," which aims to help decision makers in developing countries adapt their national public infrastructure to climate change. 

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World Bank Institute Climate e-Bulletin Focuses on Durban [viewed]

World Bank20 October 2011: The October edition of the World Bank Institute's Climate Change Practice quarterly e-bulletin presents dialogues with various climate change experts, recorded via videoconference, that are focused on preparations for the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC.

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UN Secretary-General Highlights UNECE's Role in Tackling Global Challenges [viewed]

UNECE18 October 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on countries of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) to continue tackling the world's most looming issues and work together to ensure the prosperity of future generations, when addressing for the first time the UNECE Executive Committee.

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World Bank Purchases 2.6 Million AAUs from Czech Republic [viewed]

World Bank17 October 2011: The World Bank has purchased 2.6 million additional Assigned Amount Units (AAUs) from sustainable, energy efficient, housing projects in the Czech Republic developed under its Green Investment Scheme (GIS).

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World Bank Institute Concludes Dialogue Series on Climate Change [viewed]

October 2011: The World Bank Institute has concluded its five-part "Global Dialogue Series on Climate Change: The Road to Durban," which focused on climate change and cities, food security, and education and technology.

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2011 Urban Environmental Accords Summit Focuses on Green Cities [viewed]

13 October 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Deputy Executive Director Amina Mohamed addressed the 2011 Urban Environmental Accords (UEA) Gwangju Summit, which convened under the theme of “Green Cities, Better Cities.”

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