Human Settlements & Population

UN Celebrates Earth Hour [viewed]

26 March 2011: The UN turned out the lights at its New York Headquarters at 8:30 p.m. in observance of Earth Hour 2011, a global event aimed at promoting awareness of the need to take action on climate change.

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Event: Sustainable Transport and Air Quality Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean 2011 [viewed]

This Conference is co-sponsored by the Clean Air Institute (CAI), the Spanish Fund for Latin America & the Caribbean (SFLAC), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, GIZ and the City of Rosario, Governments of Brazil, Mexico and Spain. Participants will discuss “How to Achieve Sustainable Urban Transport?” Among other things, the Conference will examine health and environmental benefits of improving urban transport, emissions inventories and monitoring, use of alternative fuels, carbon financing to improve urban transport, and regional collaborative initiatives in Latin America & the Caribbean. The main conference will be held on 11-13 May. The Conference will be preceded on 9-10 May by training courses organized with the collaboration of GIZ. On 10 May, a high-level meeting will take place with transport and environment authorities, specialists and key stakeholders from leader cities that are transitioning to sustainable transportation, to discuss and advance a regional agenda, and provide technical and political inputs for regional and global transport and climate negotiations.  

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UNESCO Releases Staff Guide to Greening [viewed]

24 March 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched the "Staff Guide to Greening UNESCO," which offers UNESCO staff simple tips to incorporate environmentally-friendly behavior into their work life.

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World Bank Approves GEF Grant for Energy Efficiency Programme in China [viewed]

22 March 2011: The World Bank approved a US$13.4 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to provide technical assistance and capacity building to improve the quality and sustainability of energy efficiency programmes in three Chinese provinces.

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World Water Day 2011 Focuses on the Urban Challenge [viewed]

22 March 2011: World Water Day 2011 (WWD 2011) convened in Cape Town, South Africa, on 22 March 2011, under the theme “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge.”

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UNOPS Announces Green Regional Hub in Panama [viewed]

28 February 2011: The UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has announced it will manage the construction of a UN Regional Hub in Panama City, Panama. The Regional Hub aims to be one of the greenest buildings in Latin America.

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UN/ISDR Holds Briefing on Preparations for Third Session of the Global Platform for DRR [viewed]

21 March 2011: Co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Mexico and Norway to the UN, together with the Secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), a Briefing on the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction – Mid-term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action and Preparations for the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) – took place on 21 March 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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World Bank Funds Hydropower Plant in Philippines Sibuyan Island [viewed]

18 March 2011: The implementation of a World Bank project in the Philippines has allowed the island of Sibuyan access to reliable electric power through the construction of 900 KW hydroelectric power turbines.

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IEA's OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin Discusses Renewables, Low-Carbon Technologies [viewed]

14 March 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the March issue of its OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin, highlighting new publications, proceedings and upcoming events.

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World Bank Approves Loan for Disaster Recovery and Preparedness in St. Lucia [viewed]

10 March 2011: The World Bank approved a US$15 million zero-interest credit to help Saint Lucia rehabilitate key infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Tomas and improve its capacity to manage disaster risk.

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