Human Settlements & Population

UNGA President Provides Summary of Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

15 June 2012: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has released the report of its second high-level interactive dialogue on Harmony with Nature, held in New York, US, on 18 April 2012. This dialogue focused on scientific findings on the impacts of human activities on the functioning of the Earth System.

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Human Rights Council Links Internal Displacement With Climate Change [viewed]

6 July 2012: During its 20th session, the UN Human Rights Council expressed concern over the expected exacerbating impact of climate change on natural hazards and climate-related events, and its related contribution to internal displacement.

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Iranian Cities Join UNISDR's Resilient Cities Campaign [viewed]

5 July 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that ten Iranian cities, namely Fariman, Dargaz, Sabzevar, Kashmar, Chenaran, Torbat-e-Heidariyyel, Shandiz, Gonabad, Bajestan and Qouchan, have joined its Making Cities Resilient Campaign. The cities are all located in the disaster-prone province of Khorasan Razavi.

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en.Lighten Initiative Installs Solar LED Streetlights in Nairobi [viewed]

5 July 2012: The en.lighten initiative of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) has installed eight solar LED street lights along UN Avenue in Nairobi, Kenya. Undertaken in partnership with Phillips and the Kenyan Urban Roads Authority, the pilot initiative aims to highlight the benefits of sustainable energy sources and alternatives to expensive, less efficient traditional lighting.

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World Cities Summit Encourages Climate-Friendly Urbanization in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

4 July 2012: Experts at the World Cities Summit discussed strategies to help the urban poor adapt to climate change and to encourage climate-friendly urbanization in Asia-Pacific cities.

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NGOs Urge Stronger Measures for Protection of Climate Refugees [viewed]

5 July 2012: Participants in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)'s Annual Consultations with NGOs have recommended developing stronger national and international frameworks to recognize and assist people displaced by climate change. According to the NGO representatives, in many situations, protection currently is based only on the goodwill of the countries concerned.

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World Bank Assesses Role of ICT in Building Resilience to Climate Change-induced Disasters [viewed]

World Bank27 June 2012: A new World Bank report on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), cities, and natural disasters in Africa, titled "Municipal ICT Capacity and its Impact on the Climate-Change Affected Urban Poor: The Case of Mozambique," highlights the role of ICT to prevent the effects of climate change-induced emergencies in Africa. 

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Event: Infrastructure for Climate Change: The Challenge of Constructing Infrastructure Systems for a New Environmental Reality [viewed]

This one-day meeting, sponsored by the Latin American Development Bank (CAF) and organized by CAF and the Colombian Government, will bring together government representatives from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, representatives from various regional and international organizations, as well as experts from Asia, the US, Latin America and Europe to discuss the challenges posed by climate change and extreme weather events to Latin American water, energy, transport, housing and health infrastructure. The meeting also will launch a "Center of thought on Infrastructure for Climate Change" to act as a permanent high-level consultative center composed of national and international experts, devoted to the issue of making Latin American infrastructure climate-resilient.  

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Event: Bogota Summit: Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

Organized by the Mayor of Bogota, with support from the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), the French Embassy, the French Development Agency (AFD), Avina Foundation, FINDETER bank, the El Tiempo news group, UN-HABITAT and others, this summit aims to bring together experts, finance organizations, international organizations and Latin American regional, national and municipal leaders to discuss concrete actions Latin American cities can take to mitigate and adapt to climate change and convert them into resilient, low-carbon cities. The conference will include a series of thematic debates and workshops on key issues, such as housing density, sustainable construction, energy efficiency, water services, risk management and mobility management.  

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IEA Executive Director: Urban Policies Must Change to Meet Sustainable Energy Challenge [viewed]

IEA27 June 2012: IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven has published an article on urban energy policy design. The article, published in Sustainable Cities 2012, outlines the need for city planners to develop urban policies to meet the sustainable energy challenge in policy areas such as zoning, transportation, energy efficiency in buildings and energy generation, distribution and delivery.

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