Human Settlements & Population

Event: IDB Annual Meeting [viewed]

The Boards of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) will hold their Annual Meeting to provide a forum for discussion among the institutions' Governors, most of whom are Ministers of Finance, Presidents of Central Banks, or other high-level authorities of the member countries. Representatives of multilateral financial institutions, development agencies, and private banks also attend. The program includes discussions on socially responsible development of natural resources, the future of oil in a carbon conscious world, and sustainable cities.  

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Event: World Water Day 2011 [viewed]

The objective of World Water Day 2011 is to focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems. This year's theme, "Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge," aims to spotlight and encourage governments, organizations, communities, and individuals to actively engage in addressing the defy of urban water management.  

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UN High Commissioner Calls for New Approaches to Address Global Refugee Situation [viewed]

8 December 2010: During the annual High Commissioner's Dialogue, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres stressed the growing gaps in the global framework for safeguarding displaced and stateless people, and called on the international community to urgently adapt and respond to the new challenges of population growth, urbanization, climate change, water and food scarcity and energy insecurity.

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World Bank Publishes Report on Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

3 December 2010: The World Bank has published a report on “Cities and Climate Change: An Urgent Agenda” discussing the link between climate change and cities, and explaining why cities should be concerned about climate change and adopt early preventative policies.

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ECLAC Releases Study on the Economics of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

8 December 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has released a report titled “Economics of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean,” which estimates losses of around 1% of annual GDP in the region's countries between 2010 and 2100 unless a global consensus is reached on mitigation actions.

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GEF Approves Housing Energy Efficiency Project [viewed]

3 December 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a US$9.6 million project to improve energy efficiency of houses in the Russian Federation.

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UNEP Releases Vital Climate Change Graphics for Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

6 December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), has released a report titled "Vital Climate Change Graphics for Latin America and the Caribbean." 

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OECD Paper Assesses Adaptation Options Related to Flood Risks [viewed]

November 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a paper in its OECD Environmental Working Papers series titled “Flood Risks, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Benefits in Mumbai: An Initial Assessment of Socio-Economic Consequences of Present and Climate Change Induced Flood Risks and of Possible Adaptation Options.”

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Development and Climate Days at COP 16 Focus on Scientific Knowledge [viewed]

5 December 2010: The “Development and Climate Days at COP 16” event was held in Cancun, Mexico, from 4-5 December 2010, in parallel with the the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to the UNFCCC and the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 6).

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UNFCCC Publishes UNFPA and WHO AWG-LCA Submissions [viewed]

28 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published two submissions (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/MISC.9/Add.1) from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA).

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