Human Settlements & Population

ECLAC Seminar Evaluates Vulnerability of Rural Poor to Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

10 November 2010: A seminar on "Agriculture and Climate Change: Innovation, Policies and Institutions" warned that over 50% of the rural population in Latin America and the Caribbean is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change on agriculture.

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Event: ICRECC 2010 [viewed]

The International Conference on Renewable Energy and Climate Change (ICRECC): Focus on the Pacific will cover topics ranging from renewable energy resources to technologies and their relevance to the development of the region and cross-cutting socioeconomic and policy issues. It will also include a comprehensive discussion of the impact of climate change as experienced by the people of the Pacific nations themselves.  

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UN, World Bank Launch Report on the Economics of Disaster Prevention [viewed]

11 November 2010: The World Bank and the UN have released a joint report titled "Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention," which analyzes disasters from an economics perspective.

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UN-HABITAT Releases Bulletin on Urban Planning Activities in Europe [viewed]

10 November 2010: UN-HABITAT released the 2010 Regional Bulletin highlighting its activities in Eastern, Southern and Central Europe focusing on better urban planning, stronger local government, climate change measures and decentralization.

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Philippine Cities Join UN/ISDR Resilience Campaign [viewed]

4 November 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that 20 Philippine cities have joined its "Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready" campaign, at a local government summit in the Philippines.

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Nordic Climate Facility Launches Call for Proposals [viewed]

2 November 2010: The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) has launched the second call for proposals on urban adaptation and renewable energy projects in eligible developing countries.

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UNGA Second Committee Considers Work of UN-Habitat [viewed]

2 November 2010: On 2 November, the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) began its consideration of the work of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), took up implementation of the outcome of the UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II), and continued its consideration of sustainable development.

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IEA Publishes Report on Energy Performance Certification of Buildings [viewed]

2 November 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched the second report of its "Policy Pathway" series titled "Energy Performance Certification of Buildings," at the IEA's Clean Energy Technologies Symposium in Singapore.

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UNGA Third Committee Discusses Refugees [viewed]

2 November 2010: The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) met in New York, US, on 2 November 2010, to discuss questions relating to refugees, returnees and displaced persons and humanitarian questions, as well as the report of the Human Rights Council.

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UN Secretary-General Visits 2010 World Expo [viewed]

31 October 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China, on 31 October 2010, where he underlined that the Expo has provided "invaluable" ideas to tackle some of the biggest current challenges, including rapid urbanization, climate change and sustainable development.

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