Human Settlements & Population

UN Special Rapporteur Highlights Links between Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies and Right to Adequate Housing [viewed]

© UN23 October 2009: Addressing a news conference on 23 October 2009, UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing Raquel Rolnik stressed that adaptation and mitigation strategies that governments put into place, as well as the new climate change agreement to be discussed in Copenhagen later this year, must fully comply with human rights norms, including the right to adequate housing.

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UNEP Finance Initiative Convenes 2009 Global Roundtable [viewed]

22 October 2009: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is convening its 2009 Global Roundtable in Cape Town, South Africa, from 22-23 October 2009. The purpose of the meeting is to explore ways towards achieving sustainable financial markets and economies.

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UNECE-FAO Forum Underscores Role of Forest Sector in Reducing Emissions, Green Economy [viewed]

© UNECE21 October 2009: A policy forum on “The Forest Sector in the Green Economy,” organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 15 October 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, highlighted the need to promote and maximize the forest sector's contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to reflect this in post-Kyoto climate change agreements.

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UNECE-FAO Workshop Highlights Green Building for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

© UNECE21 October 2009: A workshop on “Responding to climate change: wood's place in a global approach to green building,” was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) during the Timber Committee Week, held from 12-16 October 2009. Among the workshop's conclusions was agreement that green building is a solution to climate change mitigation: energy-efficient construction for new buildings and renovation of existing buildings can reduce 40-50% of energy used for space and water heating.

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CBD Executive Secretary Stresses Cities' Potential in Biodiversity Protection and Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

© CBD20 October 2009: Addressing the World Green Roof Infrastructure Congress, held on 20 October 2009, in Toronto, Canada, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Ahmed Djoghlaf underscored the role of cities and local authorities for decisions relating to urban infrastructure, energy and transportation, all of which have a large impact both on climate change and biodiversity.

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UNFPA Toolkit Focuses on Women, Population and Climate Change [viewed]

© UNFPA, WEDO14 October 2009: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), together with the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), has launched a resource kit on climate change connections, focusing on gender and population and advocating that women are uniquely positioned as innovators, educators, caretakers, leaders and agents of change to address the risks of a changing climate.

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Secretary-General Reports to UNGA on Climate Change and its Possible Security Implications [viewed]

© UN September 2009: The UN Secretary-General's report on “Climate Change and its Possible Security Implications” (A/64/350) has been released.

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ILO Project Addresses Impact of Changing Weather Patterns on the Local Economy [viewed]

© ILO6 October 2009: The International Labour Organization (ILO) has a launched a new project to reduce the impact of changing weather patterns on the local economy.

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European and American Mayors Discuss Role of Local Authorities vis-à-vis Climate Change [viewed]

7 October 2009: Leaders of large municipalities in Europe and the US have highlighted the role of local and regional authorities in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

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Governors' Global Climate Summit Signs Declaration to Support National Climate Change Legislation and Greater Role for Local and State Governments [viewed]

© Governors' Global Climate Summit 22 October 2009: The Governors' Global Climate Summit 2, held from 30 September-2 October 2009, in Los Angeles, US, produced a declaration in which leaders present at the meeting committed to work together to pursue clean transportation and mobility, support national climate change legislation, and include forests in climate policy development.

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