Human Settlements & Population

Development and Climate Days at COP 16 Focus on Scientific Knowledge [viewed]

5 December 2010: The “Development and Climate Days at COP 16” event was held in Cancun, Mexico, from 4-5 December 2010, in parallel with the the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to the UNFCCC and the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 6).

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UNFCCC Publishes UNFPA and WHO AWG-LCA Submissions [viewed]

28 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published two submissions (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/MISC.9/Add.1) from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA).

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OECD Publishes Paper on Cities and Carbon Finance [viewed]

19 November 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a working paper titled “Cities and Carbon Market Finance: Taking Stock of Cities' Experience with Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI).”

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FAO Launches Policy for Engaging with Indigenous Communities [viewed]

26 November 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has developed a guidance document titled "FAO Policy on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples," aimed to guide systematic and responsible engagement with indigenous peoples and their organizations.

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UNCTAD LDC Report Highlights Vulnerabilities to Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

25 November 2010: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published "The Least Developed Countries Report 2010" which, among other issues, highlights the vulnerability of LDCs to climate impacts. For example, the report indicates that the LDC small island developing states (SIDS) and LDCs in Asia are particularly vulnerable to the impact of storms and are also the least able to cope with the social and economic fallout from climate-related incidents.

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GEF STAP Publishes Transport Projects Manual [viewed]

November 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) has published a "Manual for Calculating Greenhouse Gas Benefits from GEF Transportation Projects."

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Sustainability Focal Points Discuss UN's Climate Neutral Strategy [viewed]

24 November 2010: The third meeting of the Issue Management Group on Sustainability Management (IMG) took place in New York, US, on 28-29 October 2010, bringing together over 50 focal points with responsibility for implementing the UN Climate Neutral Strategy.

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World Bank Launches Corporate Responsibility Website [viewed]

24 November 2010: The World Bank has launched a new Corporate Responsibility website showcasing its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint since 2002.

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UN-HABITAT Releases Report on African Cities and Urban Land Markets [viewed]

23 November 2010: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has launched a report on "The State of African Cities 2010: Governance, Inequalities and Urban Land Markets." The report was announced in Bamako, Mali, during the third African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD III).

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Event: Climate Change through the Lens of Vulnerability and Human Rights [viewed]

This event will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 11-12 October 2010, and will precede the Seventh Africa Development Forum, held at the same venue from 10-15 October. Participants will examine how the impoverished, socially excluded and vulnerable groups can engage in, and benefit from, adaptation processes.  

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