Human Settlements & Population

Event: 45th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank [viewed]

This meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will focus on inclusive growth through better governance and partnerships. Sessions will address, inter alia: climate change and green Asia; urban disaster risk management; responding to the global economic crisis and how suggested policy reforms and economic rebalancing may affect poverty, inequality, employment and the environment; and food security in the face of a growing population and increasing demands for food, feed and fuel.  

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UNISDR, Columbia University Convene Dialogue on Disaster-Resilient Society [viewed]

12 April 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), Columbia University, the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN, and the Urban Climate Change Research Network convened a dialogue titled “From Sendai to Rio - Cultivating a Disaster-Resilient Society for Sustainable Development,” which addressed the significance of building climate and disaster resilience in coastal cities.  

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Shortlist for 2014 European Green Capital Award Released [viewed]

12 April 2012: The European Commission has announced that out of 18 applicants for the 2014 European Green Capital award, Bristol, Copenhagen and Frankfurt have been named as finalists. The award is presented annually to a city that represents “the vanguard of environmentally friendly urban living,” with cities being judged, inter alia, on: climate change contributions; transport; sustainable land use; nature and biodiversity; air quality; water production and management; water consumption and treatment; sustainable employment; and energy performance.

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World Bank Publishes Brief on Climate-Proofing Development Programmes [viewed]

World BankApril 2012: The World Bank has published a six-page brief detailing the Bank's contribution to achieving synergies between development finance and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Water Agenda for the Americas Presented [viewed]

4 April 2012: Over 40 governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations presented "Americas' Water Agenda" to the March 2012 World Water Forum, a roadmap to guide Western Hemisphere decision makers on the primary actions to improve water management.

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Second Global Transition Dialogue Considers Green Economy [viewed]

18 March 2012: The Second Global Transition 2012 Dialogue on the New Economy focused on a number of issues related to the green economy during a weekend event on the sidelines of negotiations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Latin American Local Leaders Discuss Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

4 April 2012: The sixth Latin-American Congress of Cities and Local Authorities convened under the theme of “Stronger local governments.” At the meeting, organized by the Latin American Federation of Cities, Municipalities and Associations of Local Governments (FLACMA) and hosted by the Chilean Association of Municipalities, participants discussed disaster risk reduction (DRR) in development planning.

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World Bank Adopts Country Partnership Strategy for Samoa [viewed]

World Bank30 March 2012: The World Bank has adopted Samoa's first Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for 2012-2016, which aims to strengthen resilience to climate change, disasters and economic shocks.

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BRICS Call for Accelerating Growth and Sustainable Development [viewed]

29 March 2012: At the conclusion of a one-day meeting, leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) issued the New Delhi Declaration on Partnership for Global Stability, Security and Prosperity, which calls for accelerating growth, sustainable development, and food and energy security. 

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UNISDR Names Venetian Mayor Urban Resilience Champion [viewed]

28 March 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that the Mayor of Venice, Giorgio Orsoni, has been named Europe's first Champion of Urban Resilience. The award was presented at the UNISDR Building Cities Resilience to Disasters in Europe: Protecting Cultural Heritage and Adapting to Climate Change conference.  

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