Human Settlements & Population

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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UNEP FI Convenes Oceania Consultation on Sustainable Insurance Principles [viewed]

UNEP FISeptember 2011: As part of its work to develop sustainability principles for the insurance industry, the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) convened a consultation with Oceania stakeholders from 11-12 August 2011, in Auckland, New Zealand. The meeting was the fourth of seven UN-convened regional consultation meetings on the sustainability principles for the insurance industry.

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UNU and Partners Launch World Risk Report 2011 [viewed]

2 September 2011: The UN University (UNU) Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), in collaboration with the Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft (Alliance Development Works), has published the World Risk Report 2011, which evaluates the interactions between exposure to natural hazards and climate change, and factors of social vulnerability, including levels of poverty, education, food security and governance.

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UNDP Human Development Report for Bhutan Highlights Climate Change Threats [viewed]

UNDP1 September 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the third National Human Development Report for Bhutan, titled “Sustaining Progress: Rising to the Climate Challenge.” The report notes that climate change is threatening the economic and human development gains that contribute to Bhutan's Gross National Happiness (GNH) and that building resilience is crucial to safeguard the livelihoods of about a quarter of the Bhutanese population who depend on subsistence farming and natural resources.

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World Bank Institute Hosts Video Conference on Urban Efforts to Mitigate Emissions [viewed]

World Bank16 August 2011: The World Bank Institute (WBI) hosted a video conference and live chat on how major cities can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, discussing topics including urban mobility, integrated waste management, and technological applications for energy demand management.

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Follow-up Meeting on the Horn of Africa Crisis Calls for Tackling the Root Causes of the Crisis [viewed]

18 August 2011: The follow-up meeting for the Horn of Africa Crisis, hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), concluded with a call for a “twin track” approach to the crisis that will meet the relief needs as well as address the root causes of the crisis and strengthen the local population's resilience for possible future crises.

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Event: 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples [viewed]

Per A/RES/66/296 the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014 will be held as a high-level plenary meeting of the 69th UN General Assembly, and supported by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII). The aims of the Conference are to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of indigenous peoples' rights, including to pursue the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).  

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