Human Settlements & Population

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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UNEP Announces Clean Cook Stove Design Project in Afghanistan [viewed]

UNEP28 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced a partnership with the Government of Finland and the Conservation Organization of Afghan Mountains on a clean cookstoves and ecological restoration project in Bamyan province, Afghanistan.  

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IDB Approves Loan to Modernize Public Transportation in Colombia [viewed]

IDB23 February 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$105 million loan for the city of Cali, Colombia, to complete the modernization of its public transportation system.

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ADB Co-Hosts Greater Mekong Subregion Growth and Sustainability Meeting [viewed]

ADB20 February 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB), together with Mekong countries, hosted the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) 2020: Balancing Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability International Conference, which addressed several themes relating to economic growth and environmental sustainability.

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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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