Human Settlements & Population

OECD Paper Investigates Indian Urban Mobility Challenges [viewed]

May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has published a discussion paper titled “Key Mobility Challenges in Indian Cities,” which identifies challenges in urban mobility in India under three sections: urbanization and transport; urban mobility challenges; and current policies and interventions.

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OECD Paper Investigates Challenges of Chinese Urban Transport [viewed]

May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has released a new discussion paper, titled “Implementing Sustainable Urban Travel Policies in China,” highlighting the complexity of urban transport decision-making in the Chinese context.

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ADB Supports Lending for Green Buildings in China [viewed]

16 May 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is lending CNY 300 million in partial credit guarantees to Shanghai Pudong Development (SPD) Bank, to support private-sector financing of green buildings in China.

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UNEP Executive Director Highlights the Need to Act on Climate Migration [viewed]

11 May 2011: Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has stressed the need to continuously question, "in the face of scientific complexity and uncertainty, as well as growing evidence of climate change, at what point precaution, common sense or prudent risk management demands action, on climate migration."

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REN21 Interview Discusses Future of Renewable Energy [viewed]

6 May 2011: REN21 has published an interview with Eric Martino, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies, outlining plans for a REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report for 2012.

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UNECE Publishes Compendium of Legal Instruments, Norms and Standards [viewed]

May 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published the “Compendium of Legal Instruments, Norms and Standards 2011,” which contains a list of conventions, norms and standards that have been negotiated under the auspices of UNECE.

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IEA Paper Reviews International Progress on Energy Efficiency Across Sectors [viewed]

April 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a paper in its Energy Efficiency Series, authored by Sara Bryan Pasquier, titled “Implementation of the 25 Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations in IEA Member Countries: Recent Developments.”

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OECD Paper Discusses Balancing Mobility Access, Needs, Expectations and Costs [viewed]

April 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum has published a discussion paper by David Metz titled “A Delicate Balance: Mobility and Access Needs, Expectations and Costs.”

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OECD Holds Conference on Cities and Carbon Markets [viewed]

19 April 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the think tank CDC Climat Recherche co-organized a conference titled “Cities and Carbon Markets,” during which participants addressed the potential role of carbon markets as a new source of finance for urban low-carbon investments.

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International Transport Forum Paper Calls for Questioning Transport Assumptions [viewed]

April 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum has published a discussion paper by Adriana Lobo titled “Perspectives from Mexico to Achieve More with Less: Alternative Transport Modes and their Social and Environmental Benefits.”

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