Human Settlements & Population

Event: Population Dynamics and Climate Change II: Building for Adaptation [viewed]

This conference aims to build knowledge and tools on the links between population dynamics and climate change adaptation, for their application to policy development and negotiations around global, regional and national climate change responses. The conference will focus on: assessing policies on the links between population dynamics and adaptation to the current and future impacts of climate change; how policy makers and the climate change community can benefit from and use population dynamics and data in planning for adaptation; and providing recommendations on the link between population dynamics and climate change adaptation to be submitted to the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 16).  

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UN/ISDR Celebrates International Day for Disaster Reduction [viewed]

13 October 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) celebrated International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13 October 2010, under the theme of “My City is Getting Ready!” 

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UN/ISDR Resilience Campaign Launches in Kuwait [viewed]

4 October 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced the launch of its "Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready" campaign, in the Arab region, at the General Assembly meeting of the Arab Towns Organization.

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World Habitat Day Celebrates ‘Better City, Better Life' [viewed]

4 October 2010:  The 2010 World Habitat Day was celebrated at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 under the theme "Better City, Better Life."

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UN/ISDR Resilient Campaign Reaches 100 Cities [viewed]

2 October 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that the city of Nis, Serbia, is the 100th city to join its "Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready" campaign.

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Event: World Habitat Day 2010: Better City, Better Life [viewed]

The Global Observance of the 2010 World Habitat Day will be held at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. As part of the celebration, a special meeting on the ‘Livable City in a Harmonious Society' will be held. The meeting is one of the six major discussions happening during this week on key urban topics including sustainability, urban development, the environment, economy, cultural heritage, science and innovation. As part of the celebrations worldwide, UN-HABITAT, in partnership with the National Institute for Disaster Management of Mozambique (INGC), is holding a special event in the areas where floods were caused by heavy rains in recent years in Mutarara village, located in the central province of Tete, Mozambique. The event will screen two films: one titled ‘The Change,' on the causes, effects and adaptation measures to cope with climate change; and a second titled ‘The River,' which features how people living near the Limpopo river in the southern part of the country have adapted to live with floods.  

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Director of the ACP Observatory on Migration Focuses on South-South Migration and MDGs [viewed]

28 September 2010: The Director of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States Observatory on Migration, Laurent de Boeck, stated that improved management of South-South migration can contribute positively to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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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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