Human Settlements & Population

UN-HABITAT Releases Bulletin on Urban Planning Activities in Europe [viewed]

10 November 2010: UN-HABITAT released the 2010 Regional Bulletin highlighting its activities in Eastern, Southern and Central Europe focusing on better urban planning, stronger local government, climate change measures and decentralization.

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Philippine Cities Join UN/ISDR Resilience Campaign [viewed]

4 November 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that 20 Philippine cities have joined its "Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready" campaign, at a local government summit in the Philippines.

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Nordic Climate Facility Launches Call for Proposals [viewed]

2 November 2010: The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) has launched the second call for proposals on urban adaptation and renewable energy projects in eligible developing countries.

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UNGA Second Committee Considers Work of UN-Habitat [viewed]

2 November 2010: On 2 November, the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) began its consideration of the work of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), took up implementation of the outcome of the UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II), and continued its consideration of sustainable development.

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IEA Publishes Report on Energy Performance Certification of Buildings [viewed]

2 November 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched the second report of its "Policy Pathway" series titled "Energy Performance Certification of Buildings," at the IEA's Clean Energy Technologies Symposium in Singapore.

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UNGA Third Committee Discusses Refugees [viewed]

2 November 2010: The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) met in New York, US, on 2 November 2010, to discuss questions relating to refugees, returnees and displaced persons and humanitarian questions, as well as the report of the Human Rights Council.

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UN Secretary-General Visits 2010 World Expo [viewed]

31 October 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China, on 31 October 2010, where he underlined that the Expo has provided "invaluable" ideas to tackle some of the biggest current challenges, including rapid urbanization, climate change and sustainable development.

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CBD Technical Study Addresses Links Between Biodiversity and Development [viewed]

October 2010: Recently launched as CBD Technical Series No. 54 and entitled “Interdependence of Biodiversity and Development under Global Change,” this report presents an analysis of the systemic character of global change, biodiversity and human development, and the relationships between them, describing and evaluating the complicated relationships and dynamics between human and biological systems.

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ACP Observatory on Migration Launched [viewed]

25 October 2010: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Observatory on Migration, a joint initiative of the European Commission and the ACP countries, was launched officially at a special ceremony in Brussels, Belgium, held on 25 October 2010.

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ADB Report Highlights Effects of Climate Change on Asian Megacities [viewed]

22 October 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report titled "Climate Risks and Adaptation in Asian Coastal Megacities," which highlights the impact of climate change on Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Manila under a range of scenarios through 2050.

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