Human Settlements & Population

World Bank Stresses Housing Sector's Mitigation Potential [viewed]

18 June 2010: Addressing the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, Katherine Sierra, Vice President, Sustainable Development, World Bank, underscored the potential of the housing sector in terms of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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UN/ISDR Warns Against Building in Flood-Prone Areas [viewed]

18 June 2010: After a week of massive flooding in Myanmar, France and China, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has urged governments to take flood risk into account in urban planning, and citizens to avoid building in flood prone areas.  

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APEC Energy Ministers Focus on Low-Carbon Energy Security [viewed]

19 June 2010: The ninth meeting of the Energy Ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) convened in Fukui, Japan, on 19 June 2010, under the theme "Low Carbon Paths to Energy Security: Cooperative Energy Solutions for a Sustainable APEC," and agreed to improve energy efficiency and increase the clean energy supply in the APEC region.

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Workshop on Transport in Europe Discusses Sustainable Urban Transport Policies [viewed]

17 June 2010: The Workshop on Sustainable and Healthy Urban Transport Policies in South-East Europe, titled “Working together to make things happen,” convened from 7-8 June 2010, in Skopje, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, within the framework of the PEP – the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme.

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UN Global Compact Cities Programme Reports Progress [viewed]

May 2010: The UN Global Compact has scaled up efforts to advance its Cities Programme, which provides a model for approximately 40 cities around the world to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to long-term challenges based on the ten principles of the Global Compact, in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption.

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ADB Launches Clean Air Portal for Asian Cities [viewed]

7 June 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched a new Clean Air Portal, which is the point of entry for data and information on air quality, climate change co-benefits, energy and transport.

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Ramsar Headquarters Move to Sustainable Building [viewed]

4 June 2010: The Ramsar Secretariat has informed that its headquarters were moved to a new IUCN sustainable office building – IUCN's new Conservation Centre, which was inaugurated on 4 June 2010.

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Event: Seminar on Cities' Response to Climate Change [viewed]

This seminar is hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).  

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City of Genoa Joins Climate Neutral Network [viewed]

5 June 2010. On the occasion of World Environment Day, the Italian city of Genoa has joined the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network (CN Net).

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UN General Assembly Concludes Human Security Debate [viewed]

21 May 2010: The UN General Assembly met from 20-21 May 2010, to discuss the concept of human security, based on the report of the Secretary-General on the follow-up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit (A/64/701).

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