Human Settlements & Population

Asia-Pacific Human Development Report Discusses Climate Impacts for SIDS [viewed]

UNDP10 May 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released its regional human development report for the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on the need for the region to find ways to continue to grow economically, while reducing poverty and tackling climate change and environmental concerns. The report addresses climate challenges facing small island developing States (SIDS) in the region due their low elevation. 

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UNDP Asia Pacific Human Development Report Focuses on Progress in a Changing Climate [viewed]

UNDP10 May 2012:  The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released its regional human development report for Asia Pacific, titled "One Planet to Share – Sustaining Human Progress in a Changing Climate." The report emphasizes that, to achieve a shift to a greener economy, countries in the region will need to change their production patterns, including in the energy, industrial and agricultural sectors. 

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ADB Discusses Inclusive Growth [viewed]

ADB5 May 2012: The 45th meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) was organized around the theme “Inclusive Growth through Better Governance and Partnerships” and addressed how to bring the benefits of Asia's growth to all, especially the poor.

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Transport Forum Concludes with Declaration on Sustainable Transport [viewed]

ITF4 May 2012:  The International Transport Forum (ITF) Annual Summit, held from 2-4 May 2012, in Leipzig, Germany, on “Seamless Transport: Making Connections,” concluded with a common declaration signed by Ministers. The declaration emphasizes the need for seamless transport for mobility and sustainable economic growth, as well as the importance of sustainable transport systems for economic prosperity, environmental protection, safety and security of society.

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European Commission Vice-President Kroes Calls for ICT to Build Sustainable Cities at Energy and ICT Conference [viewed]

EC3 May 2012: The European Commission Vice-President responsible for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, addressed the Smart Energy and Sustainable Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Conference, calling for Europe to use ICT to address the “challenge of managing energy resources.”

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World Bank Sustainability Review Shows Efforts to Reduce Water and Paper Use, Offset Emissions [viewed]

World Bank3 May 2012: The World Bank's Fiscal Year 2011 Sustainability Review highlights the Bank's efforts to reduce water and paper use and offset greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to Bank activities.

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EU-China High Level Meeting on Energy Sees Declarations on Urbanization, Energy Security, and Electricity Markets [viewed]

European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso and Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang3 May 2012: European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso and Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang met in Brussels, Belgium, in the First EU-China High Level Meeting on Energy, which saw the signing of a number of agreements and declarations.

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World Bank Publishes Comprehensive Book on Low Carbon Urban Development in China [viewed]

Sustainable Low-Carbon City Development in China3 May 2012: The World Bank published a book titled, “Sustainable Low-Carbon City Development in China,” offering practical lessons to policymakers in China to organize and coordinate sustainable low-carbon urban development.

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ADB Seminar Calls for Increased Investment in Urban Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

ADB2 May 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted a seminar titled "Vulnerable cities: Waking up to the need for urban disaster risk management," which outlined ways to build resilient local government units that integrate community participation into decision making, improve construction practices and funding, and better prepare communities for climate change impacts.

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IFC Promotes Green Building Certification System [viewed]

April 2012: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has launched a Green Buildings Certification System (EDGE) to encourage companies to invest in sustainably-designed buildings.

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