Human Settlements & Population

World Bank Institute Hosts Video Conference on Urban Efforts to Mitigate Emissions [viewed]

World Bank16 August 2011: The World Bank Institute (WBI) hosted a video conference and live chat on how major cities can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, discussing topics including urban mobility, integrated waste management, and technological applications for energy demand management.

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Follow-up Meeting on the Horn of Africa Crisis Calls for Tackling the Root Causes of the Crisis [viewed]

18 August 2011: The follow-up meeting for the Horn of Africa Crisis, hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), concluded with a call for a “twin track” approach to the crisis that will meet the relief needs as well as address the root causes of the crisis and strengthen the local population's resilience for possible future crises.

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Event: 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples [viewed]

The UN General Assembly approved a resolution to organize a high-level plenary meeting in 2014 (the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in 2014) to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of indigenous peoples' rights, including to pursue the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014 will be organized as a high-level plenary meeting of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly and supported by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples and to pursue the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  

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Event: ADB Urban Forum 2011: Financing Future Cities [viewed]

The objectives of this forum include to: familiarize participants with the Asian Development Bank's (ADB's) Urban Operational Plan focusing on the urban environment, the urban economy and urban equity (the 3E agenda) and the products available to support its implementation; increase understanding of mechanisms available for financing green, competitive and inclusive cities; raise awareness of innovative practices in financing green, competitive and inclusive cities; and increase understanding between financiers and borrowers on opportunities and constraints to financing city/regional projects. Representatives from ministries of finance and urban development, mayors, financial and urban planners, financing agencies, contractors, infrastructure companies, and donors are expected to attend.  

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Event: Integrated Climate Impact Assessment Tool for Urban Policy Makers: Expert Consultations [viewed]

This invitation-only event will gather policy makers and experts from Asia and around the world to review the features of available tools for urban policy makers to assess the complex nature of impact and risk assessment for prioritizing projects based on costs and benefits. Specific focus will be given to the water, energy and transport sectors and the application of the Business Case Methodology. Speakers will include Rajendra Pachauri, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chairman, Leen Hordijk, EU Joint Research Centre, and Bindu Lohani, Asian Development Bank (ADB).  

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UNHCR Marks 60th Anniversary of Refugee Convention [viewed]

28 July 2011: In his statement delivered on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres underlined that the causes of forced displacement are multiplying, noting that extreme poverty and the impact of climate change add to the traditional causes of displacement.

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Event: Researchers' Workshop and Conference on Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

These events are organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for researchers of environmental displacement and climate-induced migration in Asia and the Pacific. On 14 September, ADB is organizing a Researchers' Workshop on Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific. On 15-16 September, ADB is organizing a Regional Conference on Policy Responses to Climate-Induced Migration in Asia and the Pacific.  

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Meeting on Youth [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General25 July 2011: In his remarks to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Meeting on Youth, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for making "sustainable development for all the defining issue of our time," and underlined that climate change can only be addressed within this broader framework.

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Event: World Bank Institute Global Dialogue on Mitigation Actions in Cities [viewed]

The World Bank Institute is organizing a Global Dialogue Series on Climate Change, titled “The Road to Durban,” focusing on scaling up mitigation actions in cities. Participation in the global dialogue is open to the general public through live web-streaming and online chat. Join online on 28 July at 9:00 am to 11:30 am EST.  

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UN Security Council Debates Security Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

20 July 2011: The UN Security Council held its second thematic debate on “Maintenance of international peace and security: the impact of climate change,” on 20 July 2011, in New York, US. Many delegates expressed concern that adverse effects of climate change could aggravate existing threats to international peace and security. While noting that the loss of territory in some States due to sea-level rise, particularly in small, low-lying island States, could have security implications, the Security Council could not agree that it had a role to play in this regard.

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