Human Settlements & Population

UN/ISDR, UN-HABITAT and UNDP Convene Disaster Reduction Workshop [viewed]

Photo courtesy of: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ikaros_images/5147719227/20 June 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Kuwait convened a workshop on "Advancing Disaster Risk Reduction and Urban Strategy in the Gulf States," which aimed to enhance stakeholder awareness and knowledge of disaster risk reduction (DRR) trends and policies in the context of urban planning, taking into account the risks and challenges faced by cities in a changing climate.

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IRI Publication Highlights Climate Information for Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

A Better Climate for Disaster Risk Management20 June 2011: The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Colombia University has released a publication titled "A better climate for disaster risk management," which addresses recent advances in the use of climate information for managing risks and improving livelihoods.  

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UN Secretary-General Calls for US Mayors' Leadership on Climate Change [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Calls for US Mayors' Leadership on Climate Change19 June 2011: In his address to the US Conference of Mayors in Baltimore, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that cities consume more than two-thirds of the world's energy and account for roughly the same percentage of global carbon dioxide emissions. He called on US mayors to help address climate change and other energy challenges.

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UNHCR Celebrates World Refugee Day [viewed]

World Refugee Day 2011. Photo courtesy of UNHCR.20 June 2011: In a message to celebrate World Refugee Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that since the establishment of the UN refugee agency 60 years ago, the major cause of displacement has been war and prolonged conflicts. He further stressed that nowadays, reasons for displacement also include "extreme poverty, environmental degradation, climate change and the growing and complex interrelationship between these factors and conflict."

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UNEP FI Convenes North American Consultation on Sustainable Insurance Principles [viewed]

UNEP FI13 June 2011: As part of its work to develop sustainability principles for the insurance industry, the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) convened a consultation with North American stakeholders from 12-13 June 2011, in Guelph, Canada.  

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WHO and UNECE Hold Workshop on Sustainable and Healthy Urban Transport [viewed]

Kiev City Hall17 June 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Europe have co-organized a workshop, titled "Working Together for Sustainable and Healthy Urban Transport," which discussed strategies, policies and measures to promote innovative policies to support walking and cycling as increasingly viable and attractive modes of urban mobility.

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SPREP Announces Progress on Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)15 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) announced progress on implementation of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project in the Marshall Islands, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between key stakeholders in the country.

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WHO Launches "Health in the Green Economy" Report Series [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)14 June 2011: The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a report on health co-benefits of climate change mitigation in the housing sector, the first of a new series of reports on health in the green economy.

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ITF Transport Outlook Considers Mobility in 2050 [viewed]

Transport Outlook 201125 May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has published a report titled “Transport Outlook 2011: Meeting the Needs of 9 Billion People,” that looks at future transport challenges and "very long run" trends in the coming decades.

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UNWTO Launches Energy Efficiency Project [viewed]

13 June 2011: The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced the launch of a project with the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism titled “Sustainable Tourism through Energy Efficiency with Adaptation and Mitigation Measures in Pangandaran (STREAM).” The project will implement climate change mitigation and adaptation measures related to energy efficiency in Pangandaran, Java, Indonesia.

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