Human Settlements & Population

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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Event: Future of Cities - ICLEI's 20th Anniversary Congress [viewed]

This Congress is organized by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. Partners include the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR). The four congress themes are: eco-efficiency (more with less); resilience (stability through flexibility); Green Economy (prosperity through change); and happiness (well-being as wealth).  

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