Human Settlements & Population

UNDP Contributes to Recovery Efforts in Pakistan [viewed]

29 September 2010: As part of the recovery efforts from the monsoon floods in Pakistan, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will build approximately 5,000 disaster-resistant and energy efficient houses for those left homeless in the coastal area of Thatta, where 86% of the population lives below the poverty line.

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UNECE Considers Policy Framework on Affordable, Healthy and Ecological Housing [viewed]

27 September 2010: At its 71st session, held from 20-21 September 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland, the Committee on Housing and Land Management of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) considered several items related to climate change. 

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UN DESA Releases Report on Sustainable Development in SIDS [viewed]

24 September 2010: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has released a report titled “Trends in Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States, 2010.”

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UN/ISDR Takes Part in the Launch of World Disasters Report 2010 [viewed]

21 September 2010: Speaking at the launch of the World Disasters Report 2010, which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, Helena Molin Valdés, Deputy Director of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) underlined that tackling urban risk will help reduce poverty.

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UNEP and UNDP Implement Climate Adaptation Project in Rwanda [viewed]

17 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have announced the implementation of the Rwandan Climate Change and Development Project - Adapting by Reducing Vulnerability (CC DARE).

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Arctic Parliamentarians Discuss Consequences of Melting Ice [viewed]

15 September 2010: The Ninth Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region, hosted by the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, from 13-15 September 2010, produced a statement addressing, among other things, climate change issues.

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Two Local Governments Join UN/ISDR Campaign [viewed]

15 September 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that Overstrand Municipality, South Africa, and Maputo, Mozambique, have joined the World Disaster Reduction Campaign on "Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!" 

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UNEP Releases TEEB Report for Local and Regional Policy Makers [viewed]

9 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the release of the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) report for local and regional policy makers, which highlights that, since 70% of humanity's ecological footprint is linked to resource consumption in cities, local governments can contribute to a transition to a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy.

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Event: 71st Session of the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management [viewed]

Among other things, delegates at this session are expected to consider the draft Action Plan for Energy-efficient Housing in the UNECE Region, a report on “Climate Neutral Cities,” plans for a seminar in November on land-use planning around hazardous industrial sites to held jointly with the Secretariat of the UNECE Industrial Accidents Convention, and a proposal by the Committee Bureau to present a September 2011 ministerial meeting with a draft Framework Convention on Affordable, Healthy and Ecological Housing in the UNECE Region.  

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ADB Outlines Climate Change Priorities in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

September 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) issued a paper titled "Focused Action: Priorities for Addressing Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific," which outlines ADB's priority areas for investments and action on climate change.

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