Human Settlements & Population

Guest Article #66: Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

The urban dimension of climate change

The effects of urbanization and climate change are converging in dangerous ways. The global population, today more than 50% urban, faces unprecedented negative impacts in terms of quality of life and social stability.

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World Habitat Day Focuses on Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

3 October 2011: The 2011 edition of World Habitat Day has organized around the theme "Cities and Climate Change," emphasizing that climate change is a critical development challenge of the 21st century, and highlighting the role of cities in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Event: Greenbuild 2011 [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme Regional Office for North America (UNEP-RONA) is partering in this event and will host a session titled "The Road to Rio+20: The Role of Green Buildings and Cities in Safeguarding the Climate and Promoting Sustainable Development".  

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“Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference Discusses Water and Green Economy [viewed]

23 September 2011: The seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference concluded with the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration titled “Save water, grow green!” Through the Declaration, ministers agree to take the lead in the transition to a green economy and to make substantive contributions to the discussions on green economy within the context of sustainable development, poverty alleviation and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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ADB Releases Report on Green Growth in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

ADB20 September 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report titled “Greening Growth in Asia and the Pacific,” which aims to present a snapshot of ADB's support to environmentally sustainable growth in the region.

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Housing and Urban Development Ministers Focus on Climate Change and Natural Disasters [viewed]

19 September 2011: The 20th General Assembly of Ministers of Housing and Urban Development of Latin America and the Caribbean (MINURVI) focused on the challenges posed by climate change and natural disasters to housing, cities and urban development in the region.

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IDB Finances Public Transport Infrastructure in Colombian Cities [viewed]

IDB15 September 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved US$320 million in loans to Colombia for the development of public transport system in four cities, focusing on improving public transport and shortening circulation times of public vehicles, thus cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, expected to benefit 800,000 passengers daily.

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Event: Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation in Latin American Cities [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will host the Second Workshop on "Adaptation to Climate Change: Characteristics and Impacts on Latin American Cities".  

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Event: TUNZA International Children and Youth Conference on the Environment [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is convening this meeting, in collaboration with the Government of Indonesia, under the theme of "Reshaping Our Future Through a Green Economy and Sustainable Lifestyle". The conference will also review the contribution of youth to the International Year of Forests and how youth can adopt more environmentally-friendly lifestyles.  

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Event: World Habitat Day 2011: Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

World Habitat Day focuses on the state of cities and the basic right to adequate shelter. This year's theme emphasizes that climate change is a preeminent development challenge of the 21st century and that cities will bear the greatest impacts of disasters resulting from climate impact. The theme for the day also recognizes that cities have a great influence on climate change. The Global Celebration of the day will be organized by the Government of Mexico.  

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