Human Settlements & Population

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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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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