Human Settlements & Population

UNEP Executive Director Outlines Work Toward Sustainability at the UN [viewed]

18 June 2012: In an article in the Rio+20 edition of the UN Chronicle, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner outlines work underway to make the UN more sustainable.

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UNEP Releases Reports, Launches Initiative on Resource Efficient Cities [viewed]

UNEP18 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners unveiled the Global Initiative for Resource-Efficient Cities, a new initiative that aims to develop resource efficiency measures in order to achieve sustainable urban development around the world, and released two related reports.

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World Bank, Rio de Janeiro Launch Low Carbon City Development Program [viewed]

World Bank18 June 2012: On the occasion of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the city of Rio de Janeiro and the World Bank launched the Low Carbon City Development Program.

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European Commission Launches Search for European Green Capital 2015 [viewed]

15 June 2012: The European Commission has initiated the search for the city that will win the title European Green Capital 2015. The title is awarded to a city that serves as a role model for others by providing environmentally-friendly urban living that is “fit for life.”

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EEA Releases Update of 2010 Report on Consumption and the Environment [viewed]

EEA14 June 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) released an update to its “State and Outlook of the Environment Report 2010” (SOER) which focuses on consumption and the environment. The publication was launched at the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Consumption and Production, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in conjunction with the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Report Highlights North America's Efforts Towards Green Buildings [viewed]

UNEP14 June 2012: The US Green Building Council (USGBC), the UN Environment Programme's Regional Office for North America (UNEP RONA) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have released a new report titled “Advancing the Transformation to a Green Economy through Green Buildings and Resource Efficient Cities: Key Messages from North America.”  

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UNGA President Releases DRR Debate Summary [viewed]

13 June 2012: The President of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has released his summary of the Assembly's Thematic Debate on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), which was held in New York, US, on 12 April 2012. The debate aimed to support and advance dialogue on how best to integrate the DRR approach into the outcome of the Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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OECD, UNECE, World Bank Hold Workshop on Green Urban Development [viewed]

UNECE14 June 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), held a workshop to discuss Compact Cities: A Model for Sustainable Urban Development and Green Growth.

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Guest Article #79: The Future of Europe Depends on Smart and Resilient Cities [viewed]

Europe is increasingly suffering from extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, heat and cold waves, which have an immediate impact on our lives, economies and environment. Regardless of how successful our mitigation efforts will be, we need to build resilient societies to adapt to climate change.

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UN Bike Ride Promotes Sustainable Urban Transport Ahead of Rio+20 [viewed]

8 June 2012: The UN hosted a bicycle ride from its Headquarters to the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands in New York, US, organized by the Mission on 8 June 2012. The ride highlighted the benefits of bicycling as a method of sustainable, low-carbon urban transportation. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who did not ride but wore a bicycle helmet to open the event, remarked on cycling's benefits for riders' health and the planet.

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