Human Settlements & Population

CCAFS, IWMI Identify Global Flooding Hotspots [viewed]

12 October 2012: As the disaster risk reduction (DRR) and the climate change adaptation communities respond to the challenges posed by flooding events, two bodies under the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) have joined to identify global flood hotspots and map flood risks using remote-sensing datasets.

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WMO, IGAC Release Report on Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate [viewed]

16 October 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) project have released a report, titled “Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate.” The report provides an initial assessment of available information on air pollution and climate impacts in megacities globally.

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World Risk Report 2012 Highlights Global Disaster Risk Hotspots [viewed]

11 October 2012: The World Risk Report 2012, published by the Alliance Development Works (Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft) in collaboration with the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and The Nature Conservancy, focuses on the theme of environmental degradation and disasters, assessing disaster risk based on information from 173 countries.

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EC Launches 'A World you Like. With a Climate you Like' Campaign [viewed]

EC8 October 2012: The European Commission (EC) has launched a communications campaign to identify and share best practices in climate change action across Europe. The campaign is based on the slogan ‘A world you like. With a climate you like' and is supported by over 70 partner business associations, universities, NGOs and government agencies.

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IOM, ADB Launch Asia-Pacific Migration and Environment Network [viewed]

New Network to Promote Knowledge Exchange on Migration and Environment18 September 2012: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have launched the Asia-Pacific Migration and Environment Network (AMPEN). AMPEN is an internet-based resource to facilitate interaction on environment and migration in the Asia-Pacific region.

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UN Secretary-General Report Reviews Progress on Implementing Habitat II Outcomes [viewed]

UN-HABITATAugust 2012: The UN Secretary-General's report on progress made in implementation of the Habitat II conference outcomes recommends preparations towards a third UN conference on housing and sustainable urban development (Habitat III) in 2016, calling for this to be a high-level conference or world summit focusing on the theme of sustainable cities.

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UN-Water Releases 2011 Annual Report [viewed]

3 October 2012: UN-Water has published its 2011 Annual Report highlighting the year's achievements, including launching the UN Documentation Centre on Water and Sanitation (UN-DCWS), undertaking a survey of 130 countries on approaches to water management, and responding to urban water challenges through the World Water Day (WWD) campaign.

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UN Publications Highlight Role of Equity, Other Measures in City Prosperity and Disaster Resilience [viewed]

28 September 2012: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) released its report on the “State of the World's Cities 2012/2013: The Prosperity of Cities” in tandem with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction's report on “Making Cities Resilient 2012.” 

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UNW-DPAC Publishes Review of UN Publications on Water [viewed]

September 2012: The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) published its bimonthly publications review, highlighting UN publications on water from June, July and August that address a variety of issues, including green accounting and sustainable development, water and food security, and water security.

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ITU Green Standards Week Adopts Declaration on Green Growth and Climate Change [viewed]

21 September 2012: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Second Green Standards Week concluded with the adoption of the Paris Declaration on green growth and climate change, as well as the issuance of a call to action on smart sustainable cities.

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