Human Settlements & Population

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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Event: Oceans Day at Cancun [viewed]

Discussions at this event will highlight the direct link between climate change, the health of the oceans, and human well-being, as well as the need for sufficient funding to support mitigation and adaptation actions that will minimize climate change impacts on coastal communities and ocean resources, including impacts on water supply for communities and on water allocation to ocean and coastal ecosystems.  

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Event: Joint Expert Meeting of IPCC WGII and WGIII on Human Settlement, Water, Energy and Transport Infrastructure - Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies [viewed]

This expert meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will further explore issues related to human settlements and infrastructure as an input to the AR5 process.  

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UNECE and Azerbaijan Focus on Sustainable Housing [viewed]

19 November 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released a Country Profile on the Housing Sector of Azerbaijan, and organized the International Forum on Natural Disasters and Building and Construction Safety from 16-17 November 2010, in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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UNDP Administrator Discusses Climate Change Vulnerability with Prime Minister of Bangladesh [viewed]

16 November 2010: Helen Clark, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, in her official visit to Bangladesh, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina discussed the country's vulnerability to climate change. Topics included rising sea levels, increased salinity and the national adaptation plan. 

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ECLAC Seminar Evaluates Vulnerability of Rural Poor to Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

10 November 2010: A seminar on "Agriculture and Climate Change: Innovation, Policies and Institutions" warned that over 50% of the rural population in Latin America and the Caribbean is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change on agriculture.

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Event: ICRECC 2010 [viewed]

The International Conference on Renewable Energy and Climate Change (ICRECC): Focus on the Pacific will cover topics ranging from renewable energy resources to technologies and their relevance to the development of the region and cross-cutting socioeconomic and policy issues. It will also include a comprehensive discussion of the impact of climate change as experienced by the people of the Pacific nations themselves.  

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UN, World Bank Launch Report on the Economics of Disaster Prevention [viewed]

11 November 2010: The World Bank and the UN have released a joint report titled "Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention," which analyzes disasters from an economics perspective.

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