Human Settlements & Population

Ramsar Convention Releases Report of STRP 16 [viewed]

2 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Secretariat) has released the report of the 16th meeting of the Convention's Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP), which took place in Gland, Switzerland, from 14-18 February 2011.

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Event: Nansen Conference on Climate Change and Displacement in the 21st Century [viewed]

This meeting will focus on vulnerability, resilience and capacity for adaptation of communities in areas that are prone to disaster due to climate change, the protection of displaced people, and promotion of action to help prevent or manage displacement. The conference also aims to provide up-to-date projections with regard to drivers of displacement such as drought, floods, storms and sea-level rise.  

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UNECE Publishes Action Plan for Energy Efficient Housing [viewed]

18 April 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published an Action Plan for Energy Efficient Housing in the UNECE region, which aims to facilitate the establishment of the necessary institutional conditions to improve housing energy efficiency through institutional, technological and cultural change.

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UN-HABITAT Governing Council Focuses on Sustainable Urban Development [viewed]

15 April 2011: The 23rd session of the Governing Council (GC-23) of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) took place from 11-15 April 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya, under the theme “sustainable urban development through expanding equitable access to land and housing, basic services and infrastructure.”

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IDB Launches Sustainable Emerging Cities Platform [viewed]

25 March 2011: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) President Luis Alberto Moreno has announced the creation of a platform to work with 140 fast-growing "intermediate" cities (those with populations between 100,000 and two million) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), to analyze their sustainable urban development challenges, propose solutions, prioritize investments and identify funding from national and international sources. 

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ITU Launches Green ICT Application Challenge [viewed]

12 April 2011: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has launched a Green Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Application Challenge, which aims at identifying the best and most innovative concept for an application that would help combat climate change. The challenge is open until 17 June 2011.

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Twenty-third Session of UN-HABITAT Governing Council Opens [viewed]

11 April 2011: The 23rd Session of the Governing Council of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT GC 23) opened on 11 April 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya, and will conclude on 15 April. GC 23 is focusing on the theme "Sustainable Urban Development through Expanding Equitable Access to Land, Housing, Basic Services and Infrastructure."

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World Bank Conference and Report on East Asian Development Focus on Green Growth [viewed]

April 2011: The World Bank held a high-level forum for policy debate on East Asia's development challenges and opportunities, from 21-22 March 2011, in Singapore. The role and future of "green growth" for the region were among the topics and themes of the forum. During the meeting, the World Bank launched a special edition of its half-yearly report, the "East Asia and Pacific Economic Update." 

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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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