Human Settlements & Population

UNHCR Celebrates World Refugee Day [viewed]

World Refugee Day 2011. Photo courtesy of UNHCR.20 June 2011: In a message to celebrate World Refugee Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that since the establishment of the UN refugee agency 60 years ago, the major cause of displacement has been war and prolonged conflicts. He further stressed that nowadays, reasons for displacement also include "extreme poverty, environmental degradation, climate change and the growing and complex interrelationship between these factors and conflict."

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UNEP FI Convenes North American Consultation on Sustainable Insurance Principles [viewed]

UNEP FI13 June 2011: As part of its work to develop sustainability principles for the insurance industry, the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) convened a consultation with North American stakeholders from 12-13 June 2011, in Guelph, Canada.  

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WHO and UNECE Hold Workshop on Sustainable and Healthy Urban Transport [viewed]

Kiev City Hall17 June 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Europe have co-organized a workshop, titled "Working Together for Sustainable and Healthy Urban Transport," which discussed strategies, policies and measures to promote innovative policies to support walking and cycling as increasingly viable and attractive modes of urban mobility.

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SPREP Announces Progress on Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)15 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) announced progress on implementation of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project in the Marshall Islands, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between key stakeholders in the country.

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WHO Launches "Health in the Green Economy" Report Series [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)14 June 2011: The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a report on health co-benefits of climate change mitigation in the housing sector, the first of a new series of reports on health in the green economy.

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ITF Transport Outlook Considers Mobility in 2050 [viewed]

Transport Outlook 201125 May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has published a report titled “Transport Outlook 2011: Meeting the Needs of 9 Billion People,” that looks at future transport challenges and "very long run" trends in the coming decades.

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UNWTO Launches Energy Efficiency Project [viewed]

13 June 2011: The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced the launch of a project with the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism titled “Sustainable Tourism through Energy Efficiency with Adaptation and Mitigation Measures in Pangandaran (STREAM).” The project will implement climate change mitigation and adaptation measures related to energy efficiency in Pangandaran, Java, Indonesia.

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EU Ministers Discuss Energy Efficiency [viewed]

10 June 2011: EU ministers for transport, telecommunications and energy met in Luxembourg on 10 June 2011, to discuss energy efficiency.

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Event: Policy Options to Support Climate-Induced Migration in Asia and the Pacific - Policy Dialogue [viewed]

This Policy Dialogue hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) seeks to present the ADB technical assistance project on policy options to support climate-induced migration in Asia and the Pacific and its preliminary findings to a selected group of government representatives, local policy-makers, and scholars, as well as engage in a discussion and discuss recommendations on suggested policy options and financial mechanisms.  

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Conference on Climate Change and Displacement Drafts Guiding Principles [viewed]

7 June 2011: The Nansen Conference on Climate Change and Displacement in the 21st Century drafted a set of principles to guide responses to challenges posed by the impacts of climate change.

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