Human Settlements & Population

ISDR Warns Against Increasing Drought Risks in Pacific Islands [viewed]

10 October 2011: Stressing the finite water resources of Pacific small island developing States (SIDS), the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has stressed the need put in place comprehensive risk reduction measures to reduce their vulnerability to climate change.

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IDB Finances Panama's Disaster Risk Management and Adaptation [viewed]

IDB6 October 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will finance Panama's development of a policy for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation with a US$100 million loan.

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UNEP Joins UNFPA's 7 Billion Actions Campaign [viewed]

6 October 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced that it has joined the 7 Billion Actions Campaign, coordinated by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), to encourage individuals, governments, businesses and organizations to take actions to create a more sustainable world for seven billion inhabitants.

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Calls for Greater International Cooperation [viewed]

3 October 2011: At the opening of the annual meeting of the Executive Committee for the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres called on the international community to work better, with a sense of shared responsibility and commitment, to prevent conflict, adapt to climate change and better manage natural disasters.

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UN Launches Guidelines for Eco-efficient and Socially Inclusive Cities [viewed]

October 2011: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), in partnership with the Urban Design Lab of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, have jointly released the "Guidelines for developing eco-efficient and socially inclusive infrastructure," which provide practical tools for city planners and decision makers to reform urban planning and infrastructure design according to the principles of eco-efficiency and social inclusiveness. 

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EU-Brazil Summit Tackles Climate Change, Energy and Social Dimension of Rio+20 [viewed]

4 October 2011: The Fifth EU-Brazil Summit was held in Brussels, Belgium, on 4 October 2011. The resulting joint statement addresses climate change, energy and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), among other issues.

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IDB to Fund Energy Efficiency Investments in Central America [viewed]

IDB3 October 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is partnering with the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) to launch a programme for companies in Central America to adopt clean technologies and improve their energy efficiency.

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Guest Article #66: Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

The urban dimension of climate change

The effects of urbanization and climate change are converging in dangerous ways. The global population, today more than 50% urban, faces unprecedented negative impacts in terms of quality of life and social stability.

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World Habitat Day Focuses on Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

3 October 2011: The 2011 edition of World Habitat Day has organized around the theme "Cities and Climate Change," emphasizing that climate change is a critical development challenge of the 21st century, and highlighting the role of cities in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Event: Greenbuild 2011 [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme Regional Office for North America (UNEP-RONA) is partering in this event and will host a session titled "The Road to Rio+20: The Role of Green Buildings and Cities in Safeguarding the Climate and Promoting Sustainable Development".  

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