Human Settlements & Population

AUC Session Opens with Calls for Investments in Sustainable Youth [viewed]

27 June 2011: Speaking at the opening of the 19th ordinary session of the Executive Council of the African Union Commission (AUC), leaders of the AU and other Africa regional organizations highlighted Africa's economic progress and called for a greater role and support for Africa's youth in efforts to achieve sustainable development.

read more »

CAI-Asia, World Bank Call for Data on GHG Emissions in Asia [viewed]

20 June 2011: The Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Data Initiative, which is supported by the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) and the World Bank through its Development Grant Facility (DGF), is calling for data on air pollution, GHG emissions and related data and statistics for the transport and energy sectors from institutions, corporations, partnerships, forums and other groups.

read more »

Event: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum [cancelled] [viewed]

This Forum was cancelled due to flooding in Bangkok. It was being organized by the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia and the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network. Convening under the theme "Mainstreaming Adaptation in Development: Adaptation in Action," this Forum will provide an opportunity to share findings and innovations, opportunities and challenges in mainstreaming climate change adaptation into development. Panel sessions will address, inter alia: managing water for food and agriculture; disaster management and climate change adaptation; transport and communication infrastructure; gender and adaptation mainstreaming; business responsibilities and contributions; options for small island States; climate-induced migration and livelihood security; and integrating adaptation and mitigation actions. The Adaptation Knowledge Platform has been jointly established by the Asian Institute of Technology/UN Environment Programme Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (AIT - UNEP RRC.AP) the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Swedish Environmental Secretariat for Asia (SENSA) and UNEP with funding support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The Adaptation Network, part of the Global Adaptation Network, aims to build climate resilience of vulnerable human systems, ecosystems and economies through the mobilization of knowledge and technologies to support adaptation capacity building, policy-setting, planning and practices.  

read more »

Sixth Asia Clean Energy Forum Focuses on Energy Poverty, Business Models [viewed]

Opening Plenary for the Sixth Asian Clean Energy Forum24 June 2011: The Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Sixth Asia Clean Energy Forum 2011, themed “New Business Models and Policy Drivers - Building the Low-Carbon Future,” took place from 22-24 June 2011 in Manila, Philippines, preceded by preparatory meetings from 20-21 June. The Forum was framed around four overarching thematic areas: policy and regulation; financing and investment; innovative business models; and energy for all.

read more »

World Bank, CIF Fund Climate Resilient Urban Improvements in the Caribbean [viewed]

World Bank23 June 2011: The World Bank Board of Directors has approved two projects in the Caribbean, amounting to US$47.12 million, to improve the safety of their buildings from the impacts of climate change and increase their public institutions' capacity to assess natural risks. The funding is from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), which is geared toward vulnerable countries and small island developing States (SIDS).

read more »

CPF Members Release Calendar of Year of Forests Events [viewed]

International Year of Forests 2011June 2011: The members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), a consortium of 14 forest-related organizations and secretariats, have put together a joint calendar of thematic press releases to disseminate the activities taking place throughout the world to celebrate the International Year of Forests.

read more »

UN/ISDR, UN-HABITAT and UNDP Convene Disaster Reduction Workshop [viewed]

Photo courtesy of: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ikaros_images/5147719227/20 June 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Kuwait convened a workshop on "Advancing Disaster Risk Reduction and Urban Strategy in the Gulf States," which aimed to enhance stakeholder awareness and knowledge of disaster risk reduction (DRR) trends and policies in the context of urban planning, taking into account the risks and challenges faced by cities in a changing climate.

read more »

IRI Publication Highlights Climate Information for Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

A Better Climate for Disaster Risk Management20 June 2011: The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Colombia University has released a publication titled "A better climate for disaster risk management," which addresses recent advances in the use of climate information for managing risks and improving livelihoods.  

read more »

UN Secretary-General Calls for US Mayors' Leadership on Climate Change [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Calls for US Mayors' Leadership on Climate Change19 June 2011: In his address to the US Conference of Mayors in Baltimore, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that cities consume more than two-thirds of the world's energy and account for roughly the same percentage of global carbon dioxide emissions. He called on US mayors to help address climate change and other energy challenges.

read more »

UNHCR Celebrates World Refugee Day [viewed]

World Refugee Day 2011. Photo courtesy of UNHCR.20 June 2011: In a message to celebrate World Refugee Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that since the establishment of the UN refugee agency 60 years ago, the major cause of displacement has been war and prolonged conflicts. He further stressed that nowadays, reasons for displacement also include "extreme poverty, environmental degradation, climate change and the growing and complex interrelationship between these factors and conflict."

read more »