Human Settlements & Population

Event: 11th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities: World Heritage Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

The theme of the 11th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities is "World Heritage Cities and Climate Change." Recognizing that in the face of climate change, World Heritage Cities are among the most vulnerable places to experience rapidly occurring changes, the Congress aims to create a platform for dialogue and exchange of state-of-the-art knowledge on the issue of World Heritage Cities and Climate Change and its transfer into policy and action. The Congress will include sessions on adaptation and mitigation measures to be taken by historic cities, a poster session featuring case studies related to the theme of the Congress, and activities for a select group of journalists, who will contribute their views about the relations between heritage and climate change.  

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Adaptation Conference Concludes in Dhaka [viewed]

31 March 2011: The Fifth International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA), organized by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 28-31 March 2010, around the theme “Scaling Up: Beyond Pilots.”

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UN-HABITAT Releases Report on Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

29 March 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has released a report titled "Global Report on Human Settlements 2011 – Cities and Climate Change," which indicates that while cities are responsible for the largest proportion of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, they provide clear economic and social opportunities for their inhabitants if they are planned sustainably.

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UNECA and AU Publish 2011 Economic Report on Africa [viewed]

29 March 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union (AU) have published the 2011 Economic Report on Africa, titled “Governing Development in Africa: The Role of the State in Economic Transformation.”

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IDB Annual Meeting Discusses Growth Strategies for Latin America [viewed]

28 March 2011: The Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Board of Governors was held in Calgary, Canada, from 25-28 March 2011, and featured panels on sustainable cities and the future of oil in a carbon-conscious world.

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UN Celebrates Earth Hour [viewed]

26 March 2011: The UN turned out the lights at its New York Headquarters at 8:30 p.m. in observance of Earth Hour 2011, a global event aimed at promoting awareness of the need to take action on climate change.

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Event: Sustainable Transport and Air Quality Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean 2011 [viewed]

This Conference is co-sponsored by the Clean Air Institute (CAI), the Spanish Fund for Latin America & the Caribbean (SFLAC), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, GIZ and the City of Rosario, Governments of Brazil, Mexico and Spain. Participants will discuss “How to Achieve Sustainable Urban Transport?” Among other things, the Conference will examine health and environmental benefits of improving urban transport, emissions inventories and monitoring, use of alternative fuels, carbon financing to improve urban transport, and regional collaborative initiatives in Latin America & the Caribbean. The main conference will be held on 11-13 May. The Conference will be preceded on 9-10 May by training courses organized with the collaboration of GIZ. On 10 May, a high-level meeting will take place with transport and environment authorities, specialists and key stakeholders from leader cities that are transitioning to sustainable transportation, to discuss and advance a regional agenda, and provide technical and political inputs for regional and global transport and climate negotiations.  

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UNESCO Releases Staff Guide to Greening [viewed]

24 March 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched the "Staff Guide to Greening UNESCO," which offers UNESCO staff simple tips to incorporate environmentally-friendly behavior into their work life.

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World Bank Approves GEF Grant for Energy Efficiency Programme in China [viewed]

22 March 2011: The World Bank approved a US$13.4 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to provide technical assistance and capacity building to improve the quality and sustainability of energy efficiency programmes in three Chinese provinces.

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World Water Day 2011 Focuses on the Urban Challenge [viewed]

22 March 2011: World Water Day 2011 (WWD 2011) convened in Cape Town, South Africa, on 22 March 2011, under the theme “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge.”

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