Human Settlements & Population

World Bank Partners with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group [viewed]

1 June 2011: The World Bank and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), a group of large cities committed to addressing climate change, have partnered to accelerate current action by cities aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improving their resilience to climate change.

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REEEP Interview Highlights Perverse Incentives in Energy Systems [viewed]

6 May 2011: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership's (REEEP) Sustainable Energy Regulation Network (SERN) has published an interview with Walt Patterson, Chatham House, London, on the current state of electricity systems.

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EBRD Supports Energy Efficient Projects in Hungary [viewed]

19 May 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Erste Bank Hungary signed an agreement providing for a EUR15 million loan facility to stimulate energy efficiency projects in Hungarian municipalities, municipal companies and private energy saving companies providing services to local authorities.

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GEF Approves UN-HABITAT/UNEP East Africa Energy Efficient Project [viewed]

18 May 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a joint UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)/UN Environment Programme (UNEP) project that aims to promote energy efficiency measures in the building sector in East Africa in order to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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OECD Paper Investigates Indian Urban Mobility Challenges [viewed]

May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has published a discussion paper titled “Key Mobility Challenges in Indian Cities,” which identifies challenges in urban mobility in India under three sections: urbanization and transport; urban mobility challenges; and current policies and interventions.

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OECD Paper Investigates Challenges of Chinese Urban Transport [viewed]

May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has released a new discussion paper, titled “Implementing Sustainable Urban Travel Policies in China,” highlighting the complexity of urban transport decision-making in the Chinese context.

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ADB Supports Lending for Green Buildings in China [viewed]

16 May 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is lending CNY 300 million in partial credit guarantees to Shanghai Pudong Development (SPD) Bank, to support private-sector financing of green buildings in China.

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UNEP Executive Director Highlights the Need to Act on Climate Migration [viewed]

11 May 2011: Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has stressed the need to continuously question, "in the face of scientific complexity and uncertainty, as well as growing evidence of climate change, at what point precaution, common sense or prudent risk management demands action, on climate migration."

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REN21 Interview Discusses Future of Renewable Energy [viewed]

6 May 2011: REN21 has published an interview with Eric Martino, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies, outlining plans for a REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report for 2012.

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UNECE Publishes Compendium of Legal Instruments, Norms and Standards [viewed]

May 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published the “Compendium of Legal Instruments, Norms and Standards 2011,” which contains a list of conventions, norms and standards that have been negotiated under the auspices of UNECE.

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