Human Settlements & Population

World Bank Building Earns LEED Gold Certification [viewed]

World Bank6 July 2011: Two World Bank Washington office buildings have earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council, as a result of the implementation of green activities aimed at reducing its energy use and carrying out awareness raising campaigns.

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UN MDG Report Highlights Progress Despite the Financial, Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

7 July 2011: The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2011 finds that, despite setbacks from recent economic, food and energy crises, major progress towards the MDGs has been achieved. However, it indicates that progress has been unequal and the most vulnerable are left behind, noting disparities based on sex, age, disability and ethnicity, and between urban and rural areas.

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Sri Lankan Local Governments Commit to UN/ISDR Resilience Campaign [viewed]

5 July 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that nine Sri Lankan provinces, including 20 urban councils and three municipal councils, have released a joint action plan to tackle hazard risk in Sri Lanka.

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CCCCC Update Highlights Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Projects [viewed]

CCCCC4 July 2011: The 11th issue of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre's (CCCCC) Climate Change News Update, which compiles international and regional climate change-related news, highlights the World Bank's US$47.12 million Regional Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Projects, which aims to help Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to climate-proof their buildings and increase their public institutions' capacity to assess natural risks.

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IEA Paper Explores Benefits of Weatherizing Low-Income Housing [viewed]

June 2011: The Energy Efficiency Unit (EEU) of the International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report titled “Evaluating the co-benefits of low-income energy-efficiency programmes,” which discusses co-benefits related to low-income weatherization programmes addressing poor housing quality, the main driver of fuel poverty, as well as innovative methods for their financing.

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AUC Session Opens with Calls for Investments in Sustainable Youth [viewed]

27 June 2011: Speaking at the opening of the 19th ordinary session of the Executive Council of the African Union Commission (AUC), leaders of the AU and other Africa regional organizations highlighted Africa's economic progress and called for a greater role and support for Africa's youth in efforts to achieve sustainable development.

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CAI-Asia, World Bank Call for Data on GHG Emissions in Asia [viewed]

20 June 2011: The Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Data Initiative, which is supported by the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) and the World Bank through its Development Grant Facility (DGF), is calling for data on air pollution, GHG emissions and related data and statistics for the transport and energy sectors from institutions, corporations, partnerships, forums and other groups.

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Event: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum [cancelled] [viewed]

This Forum was cancelled due to flooding in Bangkok. It was being organized by the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia and the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network. Convening under the theme "Mainstreaming Adaptation in Development: Adaptation in Action," this Forum will provide an opportunity to share findings and innovations, opportunities and challenges in mainstreaming climate change adaptation into development. Panel sessions will address, inter alia: managing water for food and agriculture; disaster management and climate change adaptation; transport and communication infrastructure; gender and adaptation mainstreaming; business responsibilities and contributions; options for small island States; climate-induced migration and livelihood security; and integrating adaptation and mitigation actions. The Adaptation Knowledge Platform has been jointly established by the Asian Institute of Technology/UN Environment Programme Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (AIT - UNEP RRC.AP) the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Swedish Environmental Secretariat for Asia (SENSA) and UNEP with funding support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The Adaptation Network, part of the Global Adaptation Network, aims to build climate resilience of vulnerable human systems, ecosystems and economies through the mobilization of knowledge and technologies to support adaptation capacity building, policy-setting, planning and practices.  

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Sixth Asia Clean Energy Forum Focuses on Energy Poverty, Business Models [viewed]

Opening Plenary for the Sixth Asian Clean Energy Forum24 June 2011: The Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Sixth Asia Clean Energy Forum 2011, themed “New Business Models and Policy Drivers - Building the Low-Carbon Future,” took place from 22-24 June 2011 in Manila, Philippines, preceded by preparatory meetings from 20-21 June. The Forum was framed around four overarching thematic areas: policy and regulation; financing and investment; innovative business models; and energy for all.

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World Bank, CIF Fund Climate Resilient Urban Improvements in the Caribbean [viewed]

World Bank23 June 2011: The World Bank Board of Directors has approved two projects in the Caribbean, amounting to US$47.12 million, to improve the safety of their buildings from the impacts of climate change and increase their public institutions' capacity to assess natural risks. The funding is from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), which is geared toward vulnerable countries and small island developing States (SIDS).

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