Human Settlements & Population

UNEP Releases TEEB Report for Local and Regional Policy Makers [viewed]

9 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the release of the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) report for local and regional policy makers, which highlights that, since 70% of humanity's ecological footprint is linked to resource consumption in cities, local governments can contribute to a transition to a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy.

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Event: 71st Session of the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management [viewed]

Among other things, delegates at this session are expected to consider the draft Action Plan for Energy-efficient Housing in the UNECE Region, a report on “Climate Neutral Cities,” plans for a seminar in November on land-use planning around hazardous industrial sites to held jointly with the Secretariat of the UNECE Industrial Accidents Convention, and a proposal by the Committee Bureau to present a September 2011 ministerial meeting with a draft Framework Convention on Affordable, Healthy and Ecological Housing in the UNECE Region.  

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ADB Outlines Climate Change Priorities in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

September 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) issued a paper titled "Focused Action: Priorities for Addressing Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific," which outlines ADB's priority areas for investments and action on climate change.

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Event: Future of Cities - ICLEI's 20th Anniversary Congress [viewed]

This Congress is organized by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. Partners include the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR). The four congress themes are: eco-efficiency (more with less); resilience (stability through flexibility); Green Economy (prosperity through change); and happiness (well-being as wealth).  

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UN/ISDR Launches “Safer Chennai Campaign" [viewed]

25 August 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) coordinated the launch of the “Safer Chennai Campaign” in Chennai, India, on 19 August 2010, marking the beginning of Chennai's intensified efforts to reduce urban disaster risks.

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Event: Third International Conference on Women's Safety: Building Inclusive Cities [viewed]

This Conference on Women's Safety will bring together representatives from women's and community organizations, municipal and national governments, UN agencies, grassroots women, researchers, experts, and academics to work together and build upon the global movement towards the creation of safer and more gender-inclusive cities and communities. The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the Huairou Commission, the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and Red Mujer y Habitat de America Latina are supporting partners for this conference.  

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Greening the Blue Launches Resources Tab [viewed]

10 August 2010: UN's Greening the Blue launched a resources section on its website that includes background information needed to move a UN organization towards greater sustainability.

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Event: Arab States regional launch of the 'Making Cities Resilient: My city is getting ready' campaign [viewed]

This lauching event is organized by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the Environment Center for Arab Towns. It aims at improving cooperation to jointly implement initiatives to support the countries of the region, through supporting scientific and technical cooperation, communication and advocacy, co-organizing regional events and preparation of regional reports.  

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UN/ISDR and Partners Organize Shanghai Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

30 July 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), DevNet, and ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability), with support from the International Recovery Platform and GROOTS, organized the Shanghai Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) from 28-30 July 2010, on the sidelines of the 2010 Shanghai Expo, "Better City, Better Life," in China.

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World Bank Funded Project Registers First CDM Program of Activities in Africa [viewed]

26 July 2010: The World Bank has supported the launch of a Municipal Waste Compost Program in Uganda, the first African country to successfully register a Program of Activities (POA) under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol.

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