Human Settlements & Population

EU, China Partner to Promote the Transition to a Low Carbon Economy [viewed]

20 September 2012: Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, and Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming have signed an agreement to help finance efforts to reach environmental, energy- and carbon-intensity targets. The agreement will contribute to reducing Chinese greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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UN-HABITAT Launches “Urban Planning for City Leaders” Guide [viewed]

20 September 2012: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has launched a guide titled “Urban Planning for City Leaders” at an inaugural conference with the same name, held in London, UK. The guide aims to support urban planning good practice among local decision makers and leaders in developing and emerging economies.

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EU Mobility Week 2012 Launches Initiative to Accelerate Uptake of New Transport Technology [viewed]

18 September 2012: European citizens are celebrating European Mobility Week 2012 under the theme “moving in the right direction,” to encourage public transport. During the week, the European Commission launched an initiative to coordinate transport research and innovation to accelerate adoption of technologies in Europe. 

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UNISDR, UNDP Host DRR Training for Lebanese Local Authorities [viewed]

13 September 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), together with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the Lebanese Prime Minister's office convened a training of trainers on the role of government in disaster risk reduction (DRR). 

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UNEP, GEF Guidebook Outlines Technologies for Climate Change Mitigation in Building Sector [viewed]

August 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have published a guidebook on mitigation technologies and practices in the building sector, with examples of the use of solar energy, energy efficient building materials, and urban planning for storm water management. 

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Event: Seventh World Urban Forum [viewed]

The seventh session of the World Urban Forum (WUF) will be held in Medellin, Colombia, on the theme ‘Urban equity in development – Cities for life'. WUF 7 will include high-level dialogues on equity in urban development law; urban planning and design for social cohesion; basic services--local businesses for equitable cities; innovative financing instruments for local authorities; raising standards or urban resilience; and a safe city as a just and equitable city. It will also feature special sessions, round tables and business, gender and youth assemblies. WUF is an international forum exchanging views and experiences on urban challenges and opportunities. Participants include governments, international organisations, NGOs and other stakeholders. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) convenes the WUF every two years.  

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UNU–EHS Joins ANDROID Network to Improve Disaster Preparedness in Cities [viewed]

4 September 2012: The UN University (UNU) Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU–EHS) has joined the Academic Network for Disaster Resilience to Optimize Educational Development (ANDROID). This network aims to improve disaster preparedness in cities worldwide by promoting cooperation and innovation among the European higher education community.

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UNEP, UN-HABITAT, World Bank and Cities Alliance Launch K4C at World Urban Forum [viewed]

4 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the World Bank and Cities Alliance launched the Knowledge Centre on Cities and Climate Change (K4C) at the 6th World Urban Forum in Naples, Italy. K4C is an interactive knowledge platform for sharing best practices and experiences on climate change projects in cities.

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International Disaster and Risk Conference Focuses on Integrative Risk Management [viewed]

31 August 2012: The International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) 2012 convened in Davos, Switzerland, from 26-30 August 2012, under the theme of “Integrative Risk Management in a Changing World - Pathways to a Resilient Society.” The conference aimed to discuss new findings and exchange experiences about the broad spectrum of risks societies currently face.

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UNISDR Releases 2012 Making Cities Resilient Report [viewed]

4 September 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has released the “Making Cities Resilient Report 2012,” which aims to provide a global snapshot of how local governments reduce disaster risk. The report was released at the World Urban Forum, which is convening in Naples, Italy, from 2-6 September 2012.

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