Human Settlements & Population

IFAD Publishes Article on Adaptation in Kiribati [viewed]

14 April 2010: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released a story in their Rural Poverty Portal titled "Rising waters are threatening to destroy the homes and culture of Pacific islanders." The article outlines the impacts of sea level rise on Kiribati.

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Event: Second Africa Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

This meeting is being organized by the African Union Commission, the Government of Kenya and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), in collaboration with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) of the World Bank. This conference will be held parallel to the First Conference of Ministers responsible for meteorology in Africa, organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in conjunction with the African Union Commission.

The conference on disaster risk reduction and its technical segment will aim to: discuss and adopt the extended Programme of Action for the Implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for disaster risk reduction (2006-2015); define a regional mechanism and the resources to coordinate, support and monitor the implementation of the Africa Strategy and Programme of Action for disaster risk reduction (2006-2010); and link the outcomes of UNFCCC COP 15 to the extended Programme of Action for the Implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for disaster risk reduction (2006-2015).  

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Event: First Workshop on Climate Induced Migration in the Middle East and North Africa [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the World Bank and the Agence Française de Développement, in partnership with the UN University-Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The workshop will provide a forum for knowledge sharing of current research on climate induced migration and displacement carried out in the Middle East and North Africa region. For further information contact: Aditi Banerjee (abanerjee4@worldbank.org), Andrea Liverani (aliverani@worldbank.org), and Sarah Lahmani (LAHMANIS@afd.fr).  

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CBD Secretariat Publishes March Bulletin of Activities [viewed]

9 April 2010: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated its Monthly Bulletin of Activities for March 2010, including a report on its activities during the World Urban Forum, which met from 22-26 March 2010, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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World Health Day Celebrated [viewed]

7 April 2010: The 2010 edition of World Health Day was celebrated on 7 April around the theme "Urbanization: a challenge for public health." To mark the Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Commonwealth Secretariat released a couple of publications that underline linkages between urban health and climate change.

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WORLD URBAN FORUM 5 DEVELOPS RECOMMENDATIONS TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE INCLUSIVE CITIES [viewed]

The fifth World Urban Forum (WUF-5), which took place from 22-26 March 2010, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, under the theme “The Right to the City: Bridging the Urban Divide,” was hosted by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the Government of Brazil.

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HIGH-LEVEL DIALOGUE DISCUSSES FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT [viewed]

The Fourth High-level Dialogue of the General Assembly on Financing for Development (FfD) concluded with several references to the role of the combat of climate change in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Event: Seminar on environmental migration and climate change [viewed]

This seminar is part of the UNITAR Migration and Development Series. Over 20 million people were displaced by sudden-onset climate-related disasters in 2008 alone. Estimates have suggested that between 25 million to one billion people could move as a result of climate change over the next 40 years, with 200 million being the most widely cited figure. This one-day seminar aims to present a nuanced picture of the interrelation between migratory decisions and environmental degradation, exacerbated through climate change; and bring together the migration, development, climate change and environment perspective. This seminar is designed for the members of Permanent Missions. UN staff and interested representatives of civil society and the private sector.  

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FAO's Silva Mediterranea Newsletter Focuses on Adaptation [viewed]

2 April 2010: Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) covering the Mediterranean region, released its third newsletter, which presents activities, studies and projects on adaptation of forests to climate change across the Mediterranean region.

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Event: UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination [viewed]

This meeting will convene at the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) headquarters in Vienna, Austria, to discuss issues relating to climate change, the September Summit on progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), global governance and the global economic and financial crisis. The CEB meets twice a year and brings together the Heads of 27 UN system organizations (15 specialized agencies, 10 UN Funds and Programmes, the IAEA and the WTO) under the chairmanship of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  

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