Human Settlements & Population

WHO Releases ‘Vision 2030' on Water Supply, Sanitation and Climate Change [viewed]

May 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a CD-ROM titled "Vision 2030: The resilience of water supply and sanitation in the face of climate change," which aims to increase understanding of how anticipated climate change may affect drinking water and sanitation systems. It also outlines possible actions to optimize resilience of infrastructure and services.

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UNECE Publishes 2010 Annual Report [viewed]

June 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published its Annual Report for 2010, in which it highlights, among other things, its work on climate change.

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First World Congress on Cities and Adaptation Adopts Bonn Declaration [viewed]

30 May 2010: The first World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change, which addressed the theme "Resilient Cities 2010," convened from 28-30 May 2010, in Bonn, Germany. The Congress was organized by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainable Development, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and the City of Bonn, and it sought to support the implementation of the UNFCCC Nairobi Work Programme on Adaptation by providing a forum for exchange, learning, networking, debating and policy making on approaches and solutions for climate change adaptation and resilience-building in cities and municipalities, including local adaptation practices.

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IEA Publishes Synthesis Report on Promising Energy Technology Initiatives [viewed]

28 May 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report synthesizing the most significant advancements in new energy technologies made through its 42 multilateral technology initiatives, called Implementing Agreements, titled “Energy Technology Initiatives: Implementation through Multilateral Co-operation.”

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UN/ISDR Launches Campaign to Increase Cities' Resilience [viewed]

27 May 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has launched a two-year campaign titled “Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready.” The campaign was launched during the First World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change, which convened in Bonn, Germany, from 28-30 May 2010.

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World Bank Institute Climate Change Practice Releases e-Bulletin [viewed]

25 May 2010: The World Bank Institute (WBI) Climate Change practice has released the May 2010 edition of its quarterly e-bulletin. The issue features upcoming and recent events and news from four programmes: Cities and Climate Change; Innovation in Carbon Finance; Leadership and Coalition Building for Climate Change; and Climate Adaptation for Water, Agriculture and Natural Resource Management.

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European Commission Unveils Bio-waste Strategy [viewed]

18 May 2010: The European Commission has published a strategy to improve bio-waste management, with a view to fully realizing its environmental and economic potential.

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EEA Issues Sixth Message for 2010 on Urban Ecosystems [viewed]

May 2010: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published the sixth issue in its series of '10 messages for 2010' to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity, which focuses on urban ecosystems. 

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UN OHCHR Releases 2009 Annual Report on Activities [viewed]

May 2010: The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN OHCHR) has released its annual report, which covers activities and major results achieved in 2009 concerning the implementation of the 2008-2009 Strategic Management Plan. The report notes that OHCHR's support contributed to increased recognition and acceptance of the human rights implications of climate change and the linkages between human rights and environment.

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Event: Third OECD Urban Roundtable for Mayors and Ministers: Cities and Green Growth [viewed]

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in collaboration with the Club of Madrid and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, will host the 2010 Urban Roundtable for Mayors and Ministers to identify key policies for the contribution of cities to a global green growth strategy. The event will bring city majors, former heads of state and government, various ministers and business leaders together to form a common policy agenda for cities' contribution the global Green Growth Strategy the OECD is to develop under the auspices of the Declaration on Green Growth that was adopted by Ministers of Economy, Finance, Trade and Foreign Affairs of 34 countries in June 2009. Three themes will dominate the event: the importance of cities to the development of the Green Growth Strategy; the potential and reality of creating green jobs in urban areas; and national-local implementation and financing of green urban development.  

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