Human Settlements & Population

IEA Publishes Report on Energy Performance Certification of Buildings [viewed]

2 November 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched the second report of its "Policy Pathway" series titled "Energy Performance Certification of Buildings," at the IEA's Clean Energy Technologies Symposium in Singapore.

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UNGA Third Committee Discusses Refugees [viewed]

2 November 2010: The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) met in New York, US, on 2 November 2010, to discuss questions relating to refugees, returnees and displaced persons and humanitarian questions, as well as the report of the Human Rights Council.

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UN Secretary-General Visits 2010 World Expo [viewed]

31 October 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China, on 31 October 2010, where he underlined that the Expo has provided "invaluable" ideas to tackle some of the biggest current challenges, including rapid urbanization, climate change and sustainable development.

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CBD Technical Study Addresses Links Between Biodiversity and Development [viewed]

October 2010: Recently launched as CBD Technical Series No. 54 and entitled “Interdependence of Biodiversity and Development under Global Change,” this report presents an analysis of the systemic character of global change, biodiversity and human development, and the relationships between them, describing and evaluating the complicated relationships and dynamics between human and biological systems.

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ACP Observatory on Migration Launched [viewed]

25 October 2010: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Observatory on Migration, a joint initiative of the European Commission and the ACP countries, was launched officially at a special ceremony in Brussels, Belgium, held on 25 October 2010.

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ADB Report Highlights Effects of Climate Change on Asian Megacities [viewed]

22 October 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report titled "Climate Risks and Adaptation in Asian Coastal Megacities," which highlights the impact of climate change on Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Manila under a range of scenarios through 2050.

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UNGA Third Committee Considers Pressures on Farmland [viewed]

21 October 2010: The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian, Cultural) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA)  considered unprecedented pressures on farmland, on 21 October 2010, in New York, US.

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UN-HABITAT and Local Partners Celebrate Hanoi's 1000th Anniversary [viewed]

18 October 2010: At the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the People Committee of Hanoi, the Vietnam Urban Planning and Development Association, and the University of Hawaii's Globalization Research Center organized a conference titled "Hanoi Millennium: City Past and Future,"  from 12-13 October 2010.

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UNDP Promotes Low-Carbon Lifestyle at Shanghai Expo [viewed]

17 October 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Jiefang Daily Group, a major Chinese media company, co-hosted an event on "China's Low Carbon Future: A Dialogue on Green City and Green Life," at the ongoing Shanghai Expo. 

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Event: Population Dynamics and Climate Change II: Building for Adaptation [viewed]

This conference aims to build knowledge and tools on the links between population dynamics and climate change adaptation, for their application to policy development and negotiations around global, regional and national climate change responses. The conference will focus on: assessing policies on the links between population dynamics and adaptation to the current and future impacts of climate change; how policy makers and the climate change community can benefit from and use population dynamics and data in planning for adaptation; and providing recommendations on the link between population dynamics and climate change adaptation to be submitted to the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 16).  

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