Human Settlements & Population

Nansen Initiative Consultation Focuses on Climate Change, Human Mobility in South Asia and Indian Ocean [viewed]

logo_nansen5 April 2015: Participants at the fifth Nansen Initiative Regional Consultation, held under the theme ‘Climate Change, Disasters and Human Mobility in South Asia and the Indian Ocean,' recognized that South Asia and the Indian Ocean region are exposed to a range of natural hazards, including sudden-onset and slow-onset events, that have the potential to trigger human mobility.

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UNDP Climate Change Innovation Camp Focuses on Urban Resilience [viewed]

UNDP19 April 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) in the former Yugoslav Republic (fYR) of Macedonia hosted a Climate Change Innovation Camp as the culmination of the country's first nationwide climate change campaign. During the three-day camp, the ten finalists in the campaign pitched their ideas, which focused on reducing human impact on the climate and increasing urban resilience. The winning two teams will receive US$10,000 to realize their ideas.

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Event: 2015 Environmental Emergencies Forum [viewed]

The Environmental Emergencies Forum (EEF) aims to showcase experiences and innovations in improving prevention, preparedness and response to environmental emergencies, and for advocating the integration of environmental concerns into humanitarian action. This forum meeting will explore the nexus of environmental risk, humanitarian crisis and climate change, and identify ways to better prepare for and respond to environmental emergencies. The Forum will bring together representatives from governments, industry, academia, aid agencies and civil society share the common goal of helping countries effectively respond to environmental emergencies. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway and the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection are hosting the 2015 Forum.  

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CARIAA Updates on Adaptation Projects in Africa and Asia [viewed]

cariaaApril 2015: The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) has provided an update on a common research programme on climate change adaptation that is carried out by four consortia. The four consortia are: Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR); Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA); Himalayan Adaptation, Water, and Resilience (HI-AWARE); and Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies (PRISE).

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ECPA Energy Efficiency Working Group Concludes Technical Assistance Round [viewed]

ECPA logo16 April 2015: The Energy Efficiency Working Group of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) organized four events and prepared four case studies, which concluded the Working Group's latest technical assistance round. The Working Group, chaired by Mexico, has worked since 2011 to provide technical assistance and advice to governments of the Americas in support of their energy efficiency and conservation goals.

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Event: EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015 [viewed]

EU Sustainable Energy Week will bring together public authorities, energy agencies, research organizations, NGOs, businesses and private consumers to share best practices and ideas on secure, clean and efficient energy. The week will consist of: the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards in the categories of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and cities, communities and regions; Sustainable Energy Days throughout June; and the 2015 EU Sustainable Energy Week Policy Conference from 16-18 June. The Policy Conference will bring together energy experts, policymakers, civil society representatives and the members of the media. Sessions will cover, inter alia, public-private partnerships as a tool to accelerate energy innovation; an energy efficiency investment framework; the potential of the building and heating and cooling sectors; and women in renewable energy.  

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UNFCCC's NAZCA Portal Features Over 500 City Actions [viewed]

nazca22 April 2015: To coincide with Earth Day, over 500 new city actions have been added to the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) portal, which was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. NAZCA, a UNFCCC-hosted website, showcases actions of non-state actors, including municipalities, regions and investors, and aims to help build momentum for a global climate agreement in Paris in December 2015. Currently, 400 cities, 71 subnational regions and 264 companies are taking 1514 climate-related actions listed on the NAZCA portal.

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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World [viewed]

ban_ki_moon_concert22 April 2015: In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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EU Environment, Energy Ministers Discuss Biodiversity, Climate, Energy Efficiency [viewed]

EU16 April 2015: Latvia hosted informal meetings of the EU's environment and energy ministers to discuss the Union's environmental and climate and energy policies. The two meetings, which took place back-to-back, from 14-16 April, in Riga, Latvia, focused on biodiversity, international climate change negotiations, energy efficiency in the heating and cooling sector, and the interaction between biodiversity and renewable energy development.

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Event: Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development [viewed]

This event is being organized by the Vatican and has the objective of raising awareness and building consensus around sustainable development values and ensuring they cohere with the values of religious traditions, with a special focus on the most vulnerable. The event will also aim to: increase the debate on the moral dimensions of protecting the environment in advance of the papal encyclical; and help build a global movement across all religions for sustainable development and climate change throughout 2015 and beyond.

 The event will result in a joint statement on the moral and religious imperative of sustainable development, emphasizing the connection between respect for the environment and respect for people, particularly the poor, the excluded, victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, children and future generations. Vatican officials plus 60 high-level invitees (20 science, business, diplomatic and development experts; 20 religious leaders; and 20 academics and scholars) are expected to attend, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  

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