Human Settlements & Population

World Bank's Environmental Strategy Aims at Green, Clean and Resilient Development [viewed]

World Bank5 June 2012: The World Bank has released its new Environment Strategy for 2012-2022 with the aim of supporting countries' efforts to secure a sustainable future through initiatives that are green, clean and resilient.

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Rio Bulletin Highlights Six Themes for Corporate Sustainability Forum [viewed]

16 May 2012: The fourth issue of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Corporate Sustainability Forum Bulletin provide updates on preparations for the Forum, titled "Innovation and Collaboration for the Future We Want." The Forum is expected to include over 100 sessions focused on six themes: Energy and Climate, Water and Ecosystems, Agriculture and Food, Social Development, Urbanization and Cities, and Economics and Finance. 

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ADB Installs Rooftop Solar Power at Headquarters [viewed]

ADB5 June 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has installed solar panels on the rooftop of its headquarters located in Manila, the Philippines, in an effort to provide clean, renewable energy to the ADB office.

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UNFCCC Calls for Momentum for Change Initiative Submissions [viewed]

4 June 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched a call for submissions for projects that are currently contributing to climate change mitigation or adaptation, while delivering social benefits. Submissions will be received from 1 June to 13 July 2012, as part of the Momentum for Change Initiative, which aims at showing the multiple benefits of addressing climate change.

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IDB Loan Finances Disaster Risk Management in Panama [viewed]

IDB31 May 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$100 million loan to support Panama in its efforts to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change.

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ESMAP Forum Shares Experiences on Energy Challenges [viewed]

9 May 2012: The Knowledge Exchange Forum 2012 of the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank provided an opportunity for energy sector practitioners to exchange views and experiences on pressing energy challenges.

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Ibero-American Union of Municipalities Joins UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign [viewed]

1 June 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that the Ibero-American Union of Municipalities (UIM) is now an official partner of UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign.

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ILO, UNEP Highlight Opportunities for Decent Jobs in a Green Economy [viewed]

ILO31 May 2012: The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have released a joint study titled "Working towards sustainable development: Opportunities for decent work and social inclusion in a green economy,” which highlights that the transformation to a greener economy could generate 15 to 60 million additional jobs globally over the next two decades and lift tens of millions of workers out of poverty.

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SOWR 2012 Addresses Gap for People Displaced by Climate Change [viewed]

31 May 2012: The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has launched its flagship publication, "The State of the World's Refugees," which provides a global update on the status of refugees since 2006. The report examines the international response to displacement resulting from climate change and natural disasters, highlighting a normative gap in the protection of people displaced across borders owing to these phenomena, which will need to be address by the international community.

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IEA Releases Roadmap for Sustainable Deployment of Bioenergy for Heat and Power [viewed]

IEA30 May 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA), as part of its Technology Roadmap series covering 19 supply and demand side energy technologies, has published the "Technology Roadmap: Bioenergy for Heat and Power," which discusses the current state of bioenergy, including sustainability issues and economic perspectives, and recommends actions to increase sustainable bioenergy deployment.

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