Human Settlements & Population

ADB Launches Project on Climate Change and Migration [viewed]

7 February 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched a project titled "ADB Policy Options to Support Climate-induced Migration," which aims to increase awareness of, and enhance regional preparedness for, migration driven by changing weather patterns.

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ILO Releases Issue 70 of World of Work Magazine [viewed]

January 2011: The International Labour Organization (ILO) has released Issue 70 of its magazine "World of Work," which is subtitled "Promoting a Recovery: Focused on Jobs," and features articles on green jobs in the construction sector.

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UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Visits East Africa [viewed]

1 February 2011: During an official three-day visit to Kenya and Somalia, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos noted that Kenya's humanitarian challenges, caused by drought and rapid urbanization, can be addressed by sustainable recovery of livelihoods and restoring local coping mechanisms to deal with climate change-induced disasters.

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UNESCO Launches Book Project on Migration, Environment and Climate Change [viewed]

31 January 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced a book project for 2011 on migration, environment and climate change.

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European Commission Calls for Regional Investments in Sustainable Growth [viewed]

27 January 2011: The European Commission has issued a Communication titled "Regional Policy Contributing to Sustainable Growth in Europe 2020," urging the use of EU regional policy funds to finance sustainable growth projects.

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IEA Paper Explores Development of Energy Efficiency Indicators in Russia [viewed]

January 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a paper titled “Development of Energy Efficiency Indicators in Russia,” which details two years of IEA's work ­together with Russia's Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) on energy efficiency.

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OCHA Releases Humanitarian Agenda for 2011 [viewed]

21 January 2011: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced its agenda for 2011 to member States at a meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, US, focusing on the pressing challenges will make humanitarian operations more complex, namely climate change, mounting natural disasters, the vulnerability of aid workers in conflict areas, and the reduction of financial resources due to the economic crisis.

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World Future Energy Summit 2011 Discusses Business, Technology and Finance [viewed]

20 January 2011: World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2011, which convened from 17-20 January 2011, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), was organized around a high-level segment that focused on policy and strategy, and three forums on business, technology and finance. Participants considered issues such as international future energy policy, financing future energy, solar energy, green cities, sustainable buildings, wind energy, biofuels, e-mobility, energy storage, hydrogen, carbon capture and storage (CCS), energy efficiency, smart grids, and nuclear energy. 

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UN-HABITAT and UNEP Launch Sustainable Urban Transport Initiative in East Africa [viewed]

18 January 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched a regional model initiative to promote the implementation of sustainable urban transport solutions in East African cities.

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UNDP Asia and Pacific Director Addresses Issue of Green Cities and China [viewed]

UNDP17 January 2011: In an op-ed published in the People's Daily in China, Ajay Chibber, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Bureau Director of Asia and Pacific, highlights that China has the potential of becoming a world leader in green urban development.

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