Human Settlements & Population

World Bank Funds Hydropower Plant in Philippines Sibuyan Island [viewed]

18 March 2011: The implementation of a World Bank project in the Philippines has allowed the island of Sibuyan access to reliable electric power through the construction of 900 KW hydroelectric power turbines.

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IEA's OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin Discusses Renewables, Low-Carbon Technologies [viewed]

14 March 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the March issue of its OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin, highlighting new publications, proceedings and upcoming events.

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World Bank Approves Loan for Disaster Recovery and Preparedness in St. Lucia [viewed]

10 March 2011: The World Bank approved a US$15 million zero-interest credit to help Saint Lucia rehabilitate key infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Tomas and improve its capacity to manage disaster risk.

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IEA Publishes Review of Poland's Energy Policy [viewed]

2 March 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the latest in its series of policy reviews, “Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Poland 2011 Review,” which breaks down its investigation into sections on general energy policies, sectoral policies and energy technologies.

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Event: Resilient Cities 2011: Second World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

The second World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change will focus on urban adaptation planning and practice, urban risk assessment, costs and financing of urban climate change adaptation, socio-economic and institutional dimensions of climate change adaptation, and strategy, policy integration and mainstreaming of climate change. The event is convened by ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability), the City of Bonn and the World Mayors Council on Climate Change.  

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Fiji City Joins Making Cities Resilience Campaign [viewed]

8 March 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that Lami, Fiji, has joined the UN disaster reduction campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City Is Getting Ready!”

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OECD Report Investigates Role of Policy in Greening Behavior [viewed]

7 March 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a report titled “Greening Household Behaviour: The Role of Public Policy,” that presents the results of a 10,000 household survey carried out in ten countries.

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UNEP Showcases New Green Buildings in Nairobi [viewed]

7 March 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has provided details on its new green building at UN headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, which are part of the UN Greening the Blue Initiative.

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UN General Assembly Releases Disaster Debate Summary [viewed]

25 February 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a summary of the one-day thematic debate on disaster risk reduction (DRR), which convened on 9 February 2011, in New York, US, and included two panel sessions on "invest today for a safer tomorrow," and "addressing the challenges of disaster risk in urban settings."

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Event: Fifth International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change [viewed]

The conference aims to share the latest developments in adaptation planning and practices, priority sectors and measures at different levels and disseminate knowledge among stakeholders and communities. The specific objectives are to: bring different stakeholders and practitioners to share and discuss knowledge of Community Based Adaptation (CBA) planning and practices from different parts of the developing world, particularly Bangladesh; capture the latest learning from CBA planning and practices around the developing world; enhance capacity of the practitioners to help the most vulnerable groups and people in improving livelihoods in developing countries; share lessons learnt to facilitate integration of climate change into national and international development programmes; and disseminate lessons learnt at the conference through proceedings and immediate conference summary. Conference partners include: the Asian Development Bank (ADB); the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); the UN Development Programme (UNDP); the UN Environment Programme (UNEP); the World Bank; the World Food Programme (WFP); and the World Health Organization (WHO).  

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