Human Settlements & Population

Event: Resilient Cities 2012: 3rd Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation [viewed]

Resilient Cities 2012: 3rd World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change will focus on the following themes: urban risk and the issue of urban infrastructure as a key element in building resilient cities; resilient integrated urban design - how to optimally relate the water, food security and biodiversity sectors to build a resilient city; resilient urban renewable energy - how to ensure a clear link between the local renewables agenda and energy security and safety of urban areas; resilient urban logistics - a showcase of successful examples in ecomobility (moving people) and ecologistics (moving goods); and financing the resilient city - how climate financing for adaptation can be mobilized, leveraged and innovated for the local level. Resilient Cities 2012 will also host a session on global sustainable infrastructure finance in partnership with Global Energy Basel. Joan Clos, UN-HABITAT's Executive Director, is the patron of Resilient Cities 2011 and 2012.  

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Eye on Earth Summit Launches Climate-related Initiatives [viewed]

15 December 2011: The Eye on Earth Summit, hosted by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), concluded with the launch of eight "Special Initiatives." Among the initiatives, three are "foundation" (cross-cutting) and five are thematic, and several are climate-related.

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Caribbean Conference Assesses GEF Project on Watershed and Coastal Area Management [viewed]

November 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded Project on “Integrating Watershed and Coastal Areas Management in Small Island Developing States of the Caribbean” (GEF-IWCAM Project) hosted its Final Project Conference to evaluate the achievements, challenges and lessons learned, as well as prospects for a follow-up project.

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Event: Transforming Transportation [viewed]

The ninth annual “Transforming Transportation” event will take place at the World Bank in Washington, DC, US, from 26-27 January 2012, and will focus on big ideas to scale up sustainable transport best practices in cities worldwide. The plenary session on Day 1 will discuss the future of the city, and on Day 2 it will look beyond the transport sector for inspiration on how to scale up best practices. Other sessions will include moderated panel discussions and rapid presentations of innovative ideas. The agenda also features screenings of urban transport videos and a cocktail reception to honor the late Dr. Leon "Lee" Schipper. Transforming Transportation 2012 is open to the public, and is organized by EMBARQ, The World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, Institute for Transportation Development and Policy, Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities, and the Partnership for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport.  

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UN/ISDR Pilots Resilience Local Government Self-Assessment Tool [viewed]

14 December 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that, together with the ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, it has piloted the Local Government Self-Assessment Tool (LG-SAT), designed to assist disaster reduction efforts by cities and local governments that have signed up to the global "Making Cities Resilient" Campaign.

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FAO Raises Alarms on Consequences of Mountain Forests Loss [viewed]

FAO9 December 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, has published a report titled "Mountain Forests in a Changing World" that brings attention to the threats to mountain forests including increasing temperatures and wildfires, population growth and food and fuel insecurity.

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Development Banks Agree on Partnership for Climate Action in Cities [viewed]

5 December 2011: Five multilateral development banks have agreed on a new partnership to support climate action in cities, including better coordination, and to deepen support to cities in adapting to and mitigating climate change, such as the development of common tools and metrics for cities.

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UNEP Climate Action Issue Focuses on Africa and Sustainable Cities [viewed]

7 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the fifth edition of the Climate Action publication, intended to educate businesses, governments and NGOs on what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint and adapt to the impacts of climate change. This issue focuses on Africa and sustainable cities.

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UNFCCC Launches Momentum for Change Initiative [viewed]

6 December 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched the “Momentum for Change” Initiative, which aims to enhance the visibility of climate change adaptation or mitigation projects that have been successful in improving the quality of the life of the people they benefit and have a potential to be replicated and scaled up. 

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WHO Report Shows Health and Climate Co-benefits in Transport Sector [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)6 December 2011: The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a report on the health benefits of low-carbon transport measures, such as rapid transit, walking or cycling, as part of its "Health in the Green Economy" series.

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