Human Settlements & Population

Arctic Council Addresses Climate Change, Resilience [viewed]

Arctic Council17 March 2016: A Senior Arctic Officials' (SAO) Meeting of the Arctic Council (AC) focused on, among other issues, two cross-cutting themes, namely climate change and resilience, and future AC's work on oil and gas. In particular, the AC considered: the potential effects of the Paris Agreement on future work of the Council; reducing emissions of short-lived climate pollutants, such as black carbon and methane (BCM), also in the oil and gas sector; and operationalizing the One Health initiative of the AC's Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG).

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Event: 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

This conference will focus on how to reduce loss of life and economic losses from disasters caused by manmade and natural hazards. Several thousand representatives of governments, international organizations and civil society are expected to attend the event, which comes at a time when millions are food insecure because of a very strong El Niño. The conference aims to encourage countries and others to go beyond disaster management to addressing the risks that lead to greater losses from disasters, including poverty, unplanned urbanization, environmental degradation and poor risk governance. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR), which was established in 2007 and takes place every two years, provides the opportunity for exchanging information, discussing the latest developments and knowledge, and building partnerships across sectors. It aims to improve DRR implementation through better communication and coordination amongst stakeholders, and build resilience. The Global Platform is organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), which is also the secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.  

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WHO Assessment Finds Unhealthy Environments Contribute to 12.6 Million Deaths Annually [viewed]

WHO15 March 2016: Environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation contribute to more than 100 types of diseases and injuries, amounting to 12.6 million people dying each year as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment, according to a global assessment undertaken by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Event: 2016 UNEP FI Global Roundtable and Annual General Meeting [viewed]

The 2016 UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable and Annual General Meeting will be hosted by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with support from the UAE Central Bank. The events will bring together finance stakeholders from various sectors, including government, civil society and the UN, to discuss the role of the global financial sector in addressing the sustainable development and climate change agendas. Topics to be addressed during the two-day Global Roundtable, linked to select sustainable development goals (SDGs), include: climate change mitigation and decarbonizing finance (SDG 13); resilient and sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11); clean energy and water (SDGs 6 and 7); and financing small and medium-sized enterprises (SDG 8). Plenary sessions are planned on: green islamic finance; policy and regulatory frameworks for a sustainable financial system; and sustainable finance innovations.  

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Event: Global Green Growth Week 2016 [viewed]

Global Green Growth Week 2016 (GGGW2016), which will meet under the theme 'Maximizing Impact for Inclusive and Sustainable Green Growth,' will provide a platform to generate innovative solutions, leverage green growth opportunities and promote the delivery of pro-poor, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable growth. The event, which is being organized by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), will address four thematic priorities for inclusive, sustainable green growth: energy, water, land use and green cities. The event will bring together representatives from government, multilateral development banks (MDBs), international development agencies, the private sector, academia and non-governmental organizations. Participants will look at green growth policy, research, partnerships, financing and technology through policy dialogues, panel discussions, capacity-building workshops, country-focused briefings and technology exhibits. GGGW2016 will include: the Global Green Growth Summit, which will address the challenges of developing bankable projects and innovative green finance; the 4th Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, which will highlight the latest research and policy considerations affecting pro-poor inclusive growth; the Asian Regional Policy Dialogue, during which ministers will discuss policy options that address the challenge of transitioning away from coal use and toward green growth powered by renewable energy; the Inclusive Green Growth Partnership, which will strengthen cooperation to increase green investment in developing countries; the launch of the GGGI-New Climate Economy (NCE) Africa Initiative and the regional launch of the 2016 NCE report, which will support African policymakers navigate the development-climate change nexus; the Green Growth Fair and Technology Exhibit; country focus sessions showcasing more than 30 GGGI projects; the 9th session of the GGGI Council and the 5th session of the GGGI Assembly; and site visits to showcase Jeju Island's renewable energy and green growth projects.  

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Asian Events Address Urban Resilience, Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

asean_iclei_myanmar11 March 2016: Recent events in the Asian region have addressed climate resilience in urban areas and education for climate change-resilient agriculture and food security. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Forum on Improvement of Knowledge, Skills and Competence of Stakeholders in Climate Change Adaptation garnered experiences from ASEAN countries on how education and university curricula treat climate change in order to create knowledge and competencies for climate change-resilient agriculture and food security. The second Asia-Pacific Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation – Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2016 brought together local governments, institutions and communities to discuss climate resilience in urban areas, including SDG 11.

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WHO, UNISDR Call for Integrating Health in DRR [viewed]

unisdr-who11 March 2016: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have called on national disaster management agencies to include health emergencies in their preparedness and response plans alongside earthquakes, floods and storms. The call was made during the International Conference on the Implementation of the Health Aspects of the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030, which brought together over 300 representatives from 54 governments, the health and disaster risk fields, and international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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ESCAP Spotlights Rising Urban Disasters in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNESCAP10 March 2016: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has published a report that calls for urgent action to tackle increasing urban disasters in the Asia-Pacific region. The report, titled 'Disasters in Asia and the Pacific: 2015 Year in Review,' warns that the region's cities, with their growing population, depleted ecological buffers and outdated urban infrastructure, may not be equipped to tackle urban disasters.

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Abu Dhabi Meeting Focuses on Sustainable Energy and Cities Ahead of Habitat III [viewed]

hiiiJanuary 2016: The Habitat III Thematic Meeting on Sustainable Energy and Cities concluded that massive deployment of low-carbon energy in the world's cities is needed, and resulted in the 'Abu Dhabi Declaration for Habitat III: Sustainable Energy and Cities,' which underscores that sustainable energy must be a core focus of the New Urban Agenda to be adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.

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Africa Regional Meeting Sets Urbanization Priorities Ahead of Habitat III [viewed]

h329 February 2016: Participants at the Africa Regional Meeting for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) identified priorities for sustainable urban development in the coming decades, with a focus on regional urbanization to strengthen transitions and improve existing conditions. The conference resulted in the Abuja Declaration for Habitat III, titled 'Africa's Priorities for the New Urban Agenda.' Habitat III will convene in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.

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