Human Settlements & Population

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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EEA, EC Launch Climate-ADAPT Website [viewed]

23 March 2012: The European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) have launched the Climate-ADAPT website to provide information to policy makers, engineers, planners and administrators about impacts, vulnerability and climate change adaptation in Europe.

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IDB Annual Meeting Presents New Low Carbon and Sustainable Energy Initiatives [viewed]

20 March 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Annual Meeting highlighted a series of projects to benchmark, map and disseminate low carbon initiatives in the region, to support sustainable cities, as well as to promote sustainable energy sources in Central America and the Caribbean.

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PACC Plans Road Relocation in Vanuatu [viewed]

1 March 2012: The Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project in Vanuatu is in the design phase of relocating parts of roads on Epi Island as an adaptation measure to sea level rise.

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Kiribati to Purchase Fiji Land as “Climate Change Insurance” [viewed]

15 March 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that the Kiribati Cabinet has recently agreed to purchase land in neighboring Fiji, as “climate change insurance” for its population. The decision comes as Kiribati President Anote Tong renews calls to the international community to address the effects of climate change threatening to submerge many of Kiribati's low-lying atolls.

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ADB Book Addresses Climate Change and Migration [viewed]

ADB13 March 2012: The Asia Development Bank (ADB) has released a book, titled "Addressing Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific," which underscores that climate change will increase the frequency of extreme weather events, making more areas inhospitable to human habitation and secure livelihoods.

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IFC Supports Waste-to-Energy Plant Development in China [viewed]

5 March 2012: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has subscribed US$4.9 million in warrants to support renewable energy development, in particular waste-to-energy projects, in China.

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UNCTAD Discussion Paper Questions Green Growth Potential to Reduce GHG Emissions [viewed]

UNCTADFebruary 2012: A discussion paper by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) argues that Green Growth based on enhanced material, resource and energy efficiency, as well as a drastic change in the energy mix will not lead to the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction necessary to avoid dangerous climate change.

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Water, Energy, Food Security Nexus Conference Publishes Policy Recommendations [viewed]

29 February 2012: The results of the “Bonn2011 Conference: The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus – Solutions for a Green Economy” have been published in the form of a conference synopsis and set of policy recommendations.

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Event: IDB Seminar on Emerging Sustainable Cities [viewed]

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is organizing a "Seminar on Emerging Sustainable Cities: From Diagnostics to Action" on the side of its annual meeting. The event will feature sessions on: the review of the Emerging Sustainable Cities Initiative; climate change and cities; and governance and climate change.  

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