Human Settlements & Population

Ramsar Releases First Batch of Draft COP 11 Resolutions [viewed]

20 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that, following the approval by the Standing Committee of the draft resolutions for consideration by the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11), the Secretariat is finalizing and translating the draft resolutions into the three Convention languages (English, French and Spanish).

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World Bank Publishes Guide on Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management in East Asia [viewed]

World Bank13 February 2012: The World Bank has published a guide on integrated urban flood risk management in East Asia and the Pacific, including specific tools and guidelines, as well as case studies and examples from cities in the region that are especially vulnerable to flooding in the face of long-term climate change trends.

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Event: ICLEI - 2012 World Congress [viewed]

The ICLEI World Congress 2012 takes place every three years and provides mayors, local government officials, representatives of international institutions and other partners opportunities for peer exchange, knowledge-sharing, capacity building and on-site visits and exhibits. ICLEI is supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the World Bank and others. Key themes to be addressed during the conference include: green urban economy; changing citizens, changing cities; greening events; and food security and how can biodiversity protection be integrated into municipal planning and decision making.  

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Event: World Congress on Water, Climate and Energy [viewed]

This meeting is the inaugural meeting of the Congress on Water, Climate and Energy, and participants will explore the topics of resilient and sustainable cities with a focus on climate change adaptation and mitigation. The meeting will further examine how to incorporate climate change adaptation and uncertainty into the city vision and infrastructure, and will include solutions such as the role of regulation, technologies and smart networks. The meeting is organized by the International Water Association in partnership with the UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability.  

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Summary Versions of UN Green Guide Released [viewed]

8 February 2012: The UN Greening the Blue Campaign has announced the launch of a series of two-page summaries aimed to assist staff in understanding how sustainability can be embedded in the UN System. The summaries include information on conducting green meetings, sustainable procurement and reducing emissions from buildings.

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World Youth Report 2011 Indicates Youth Interest in Green Jobs [viewed]

6 February 2012: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has released the 2011 World Youth Report. The Report centers on the contributions from people aged 15-30, through an online consultation process regarding youth employment. Discussions revealed concern that educational systems are not preparing youth to compete for jobs, as well as young people's interest in climate change, social equity, and innovation in green technologies and communications.

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Latin American Workshop Discusses Adaptation in Urban Settings [viewed]

January 2012: The outcomes and conclusions of the Regional Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Settings have been published. The workshop was supported by, inter alia, the European Commission, the Government of Switzerland, the Adaptation Fund and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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Fifth World Future Energy Summit Convenes Renewable Energy and Environment Industry Leaders [viewed]

World Future Energy Summit 201219 January 2012: The Fifth World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2012 was convened around a high-level segment focusing on policy and strategy, and three forums on: business and policy; technology and innovation; and finance and regulation. 

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UN/ISDR Highlights Role of Disaster Reduction in Preventing Climate Displacement [viewed]

19 January 2011: A release by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) highlights that disaster risk reduction (DRR) is key to preventing climate displacement. It notes that human displacement spurred by the “domino effect of climate change” is becoming a major preoccupation of the international community, drawing links among the work of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), UN/ISDR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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UNU Paper Examines Climate Change Impacts on the Sovereignty of Island States [viewed]

16 January 2012: The UN University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) has released a paper on the impact of climate change on Atoll Island States, the legal effects of potential re-location of their citizens living in low-lying islands, and issues of sovereignty, which determines the ability of the people of the islands to keep long-term control over their current natural resources. 

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