Human Settlements & Population

World Health Assembly Discusses Progress on Health-related MDGs [viewed]

WHO26 May 2012: The 65th session of the World Health Assembly, the supreme decision making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), endorsed a report on progress and achievements of the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and global health goals after 2015. Member States noted that, while progress towards achieving health-related MDGs has accelerated, further action is needed to achieve the goals by 2015.

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GWP Paper Addresses Increased Urban Water Demand [viewed]

May 2012: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) Technical Committee published a background paper building on concepts from integrated water resources management (IWRM) to develop a model for urban and peri-urban environments – integrated urban water management (IUWM). Emphasizing rapid urban growth, competition between agriculture and industrial uses of water, and increased disaster risk due to climate change, the Paper by Akiça Bahri identifies IUWM as a means of managing these challenges.

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ICLEI, MIT Release Urban Climate Adaptation Survey Results [viewed]

16 May 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have released the results of the global survey titled “Progress and Challenges in Urban Climate Adaptation Planning,” in which 468 cities participated.

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UNISDR Extends Making Cities Resilient Campaign, Releases Handbook for Local Leaders [viewed]

14 May 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced it is extending its "Making Cities Resilient" campaign to 2015. The announcement was made by Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, during the 2012 Resilient Cities Congress.

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ECLAC Report Examines Vulnerability to Climate Change of LAC Coasts [viewed]

21 May 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has published a report that examines the vulnerability and exposure to climate change of the 72,182 km coastline of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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ECLAC Assesses Impact of Tropical Depression 12-E [viewed]

4 May 2012: The subregional headquarters for Mexico and Central America of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has issued an assessment of the impact of Tropical Depression 12-E on Central America. The assessment includes, at the behest of Central American Heads of State, some reflections on the regional policy implications of tropical storms that appear to be increasing in frequency and severity due to climate change.

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UNEP, World Bank and UN-HABITAT Welcome Pilot Protocol on Urban Emission Measurement and Reporting [viewed]

17 May 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) have welcomed the launch of the pilot version of the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions, designed to harmonize the emissions measurement and greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting process for cities.

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World Bank Supports Modernization of Mexico's Meteorological Service [viewed]

World Bank17 May 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$105.26 million loan to strengthen Mexico's National Meteorological Service, allowing for it to respond to climate change-induced weather events by improving water and disaster risk management.

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EU Energy Commissioner Highlights Importance of EU Covenant of Mayors for EU-China Mayors' Forum [viewed]

8 May 2012: At the opening session of the European Union (EU)-China urbanization partnership, the EU's Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger, announced that the Covenant of Mayors will play a critical role in the upcoming EU-China Mayors' Forum, enhancing opportunities for sharing best practices and peer-to-peer cooperation.

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IDB and SAAB to Collaborate in Sustainable Urban Development [viewed]

IDB11 May 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and SAAB, a Swedish defense and security company, have agreed to work together on an initiative to support sustainable development in cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in Stockholm, Sweden, on 11 May 2012.

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