Human Settlements & Population

August 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

idb-adb-wb-cif5 September 2014: During the month of August 2014, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the World Bank reported on various climate finance projects. The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) announced a publication on the ADB's climate finance projects in the Asia-Pacific, and the World Bank highlighted its climate and disaster risk screening policies.

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UN Climate Summit Big Data Challenge Winners Announced [viewed]

WinnersAnnounced_22 September 2014: A monitoring system providing real-time forest information and a tool promoting climate-smart agriculture among farmers in Colombia are the winners of the UN Global Pulse's Big Data Climate Challenge. Seven additional 'Projects to Watch' come from a wide range of countries, including India, China, South Africa, the UK and the US. Aimed at highlighting data-driven evidence to drive climate action, the Challenge is an initiative of the UN Secretary-General.

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UNESCO Report Illustrates Environmental Change in Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

unesco.gentuniversity1 September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) are experiencing among the earliest and most severe climate change impacts, according to a report published by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of Ghent, Belgium. The report combines a series of 21 case studies from the Caribbean with satellite images to document environmental change in coastlines, corals, estuaries, forests and mangroves.

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Event: Integrating Migration into Development: Diaspora as a Development Enabler [viewed]

An international workshop on ‘Integrating Migration into Development: Diaspora as a Development Enabler' will focus on the interrelationships between migration and the three pillars of sustainable development (economic, social and environmental), and will include the contributions of migrants to development. The event is being co-organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The workshop will focus on the positive impacts of migrants and migration on development. It will feature some environmental panels that will discuss migration as an adaptation strategy.  

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ADB Urges Focus on Food Insecurity, Disaster Reduction [viewed]

ADB20 August 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) released its annual statistical report on key social and economic indicators, which calls for paying greater attention to the impacts of rising food prices on the poor, and addressing their vulnerability to disasters, climate impacts and other kinds of risk.

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DESA Analyzes SIDS Sustainable Development Trends [viewed]

DESAAugust 2014: Despite advances toward sustainable development, small island developing States (SIDS) continue to face many challenges, according to ‘Trends in Sustainable Development: SIDS,' a publication issued by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) as an input to the Third International Conference on SIDS. The report assesses SIDS' progress in key sustainable development areas: climate change; demographics; energy; finance and trade; health and non-communicable diseases (NCDs); natural disaster management; oceans and seas; social development, including education, food security, gender equality and access to water and sanitation; tourism; and waste management.

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UNEP Foresight Report Identifies Emerging Issues for SIDS [viewed]

UNEPJune 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report on priority issues for small island developing States (SIDS). ‘Emerging Issues for Small Island Developing States: Results of the UNEP Foresight Process' is one of UNEP's contributions to the Third International SIDS Conference convening in Apia, Samoa, in September 2014, and it is aligned with one of the thematic issues of the Conference: “identify new and emerging challenges and opportunities for the sustainable development of SIDS and ways and means to address them.”

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Event: Fifth US-India Energy Partnership Summit [viewed]

Organized under the theme 'Accelerating Resilient Growth and Development,' the Fifth US-India Energy Partnership Summit will address a variety of bilateral issues related to energy efficiency, security, access and technology, including multi-stakeholder discussions on new collaborations in the areas of: renewable energy; green buildings and sustainable cities; decentralized energy access; shale gas; and climate change. The Summit, hosted annually since 2009 by TERI North America and Yale University, brings together senior political representatives, leading policy makers, researchers and corporates from the two countries. The 2014 Summit will coincide with the Indian leadership's visit to the US.  

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UN Secretary-General Releases Climate Summit 2014 Scenario [viewed]

climate-summit20144 August 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released the programme for the UN Climate Summit – Catalyzing Action, scheduled to take place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 23 September 2014.

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UNEP, Japan Launch Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership [viewed]

unep.japan25 July 2014: The Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Japanese Ministry of Environment have launched the 'Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership,' aimed at bringing together existing regional initiatives to provide clear policy options, based on the best science, to support action on air pollution.

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