Human Settlements & Population

UNEP Climate Action Issue Focuses on Africa and Sustainable Cities [viewed]

7 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the fifth edition of the Climate Action publication, intended to educate businesses, governments and NGOs on what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint and adapt to the impacts of climate change. This issue focuses on Africa and sustainable cities.

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UNFCCC Launches Momentum for Change Initiative [viewed]

6 December 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched the “Momentum for Change” Initiative, which aims to enhance the visibility of climate change adaptation or mitigation projects that have been successful in improving the quality of the life of the people they benefit and have a potential to be replicated and scaled up. 

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WHO Report Shows Health and Climate Co-benefits in Transport Sector [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)6 December 2011: The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a report on the health benefits of low-carbon transport measures, such as rapid transit, walking or cycling, as part of its "Health in the Green Economy" series.

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UNEP and Partners Release Report on Climate Change, Migration and Conflict in the Sahel [viewed]

6 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the United Nations University (UNU) and the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), has released a report titled “Livelihood Security: Climate Change, Migration and Conflict in the Sahel.” The project aimed to analyze the historical climate trends in the region, identify “hotspots” and determine the implications of climate change on natural resource-led livelihoods in the Sahel.

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UN/ISDR Announces Adoption of Climate Change Adaptation Charter for Local Government [viewed]

5 December 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced the adoption of the Durban Climate Change Adaptation Charter for Local Government. The Charter was agreed during the three-day Durban Local Government Convention, which took place from 2-4 December 2011, in Durban, South Africa.  

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UN-HABITAT and Partners Recognize Local Governments for Green Building [viewed]

5 December 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability have announced the winners of the Government Leadership Awards for excellence in green building and climate action at the local level. The awards promote best practices to be replicated across cities, and encourage the use of green buildings as a strategy to reduce carbon emissions.

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UN Security Council Debates Climate Change as Threat to Peace and Security [viewed]

UN Security Council23 November 2011: Addressing the UN Security Council debate on international peace and security, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cited organized crime, pandemics and the effects of climate change as "daunting challenges" to the maintenance of international peace and security.

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UN-HABITAT Calls for a Focus on Urban Areas in Adaptation Finance [viewed]

UN-HABITAT - Cities and Climate Change Initiative - Policy Note 122 November 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), through its Cities and Climate Change Initiative, has issued a policy note on adaptation finance in urban areas. The policy note indicates that, up to now, adaptation finance has largely overlooked urban areas. 

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UN-HABITAT Issues Policy Note on Cities and Mitigation Finance [viewed]

UN-HABITAT22 November 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), through its Cities and Climate Change Initiative, has issued a policy note on mitigation finance and whether cities in developing countries are having sufficient access to resources. 

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ECLAC, BMZ Sign Agreement to Cooperate on Low-Carbon Growth and Social Equity [viewed]

ECLAC-BMZ18 November 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) have signed an agreement to launch a two-year cooperation program on low-carbon economic growth and social cohesion in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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