Human Settlements & Population

World Bank Announces Development Marketplace Finalists [viewed]

© World Bank August 2009: The World Bank has announced 100 finalists of the Development Marketplace contest on Climate Change Adaptation. Twenty-five of them will receive grants of up to US$200,000 to implement their projects over two years.

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ECOSOC Substantive Session Draws to a Close [viewed]

© ECOSOC29 July 2009: During the final week of its annual substantive session, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted four resolutions and seven decisions on economic and environmental questions.

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Discusses Early Climate Impacts [viewed]

© UNESCO17 July 2009: “On the Frontlines of Climate Change,” an internet forum launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), has published an article on the early impacts of climate change.

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UN-HABITAT Executive Director Highlights Connections Between Urban and Green Agendas [viewed]

© UN20 July 2009: UN-HABITAT Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka delivered a keynote address to the XVIII Assembly of Ministers and lead authorities of housing and urban development in Latin America and the Caribbean (MINURVI), which convened in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and emphasized three key messages: decent housing and universal access to basic urban services are critical elements to the well-being of urban populations and poverty reduction; cities play a role as engines of economic growth; and sustainable development depends on sustainable urban development.

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UN-HABITAT Business Forum Underscores Effects of Climate Change on Cities [viewed]

© UN-HABITAT9 July 2009: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) organized the first Habitat Business Forum from 7-9 July 2009, in New Delhi, India, in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries, the Indian Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, and the China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce. Under the theme innovative cities, the Forum brought together representatives from government, civil society and the private sector to discuss urban challenges, as well as sustainable and innovative solutions through public-private community partnerships.

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UN/ISDR Urges G8 to Advance Action Points on Climate Change and Disaster Reduction [viewed]

© UN/ISDR7 July 2009: The UN International Strategy on Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) urged the G8 Summit convening in L'Aquila, Italy, from 8-10 July, to apply their “considerable influence, resources and political will” to advance five major action points on disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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World Bank and Partners Host Symposium on Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

© URS20092 July 2009: The fifth Urban Research Symposium, which took place from 28 June-1 July 2009, in Marseille, France, was co-organized by the World Bank, the French ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Town and Country Planning, and the French Agency for Development around the theme “Cities and Climate Change: Responding to the Urgent Agenda.”

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UN/ISDR Releases May-June Newsletter [viewed]

© UN/ISDR1 July 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released the May-June 2009 issue of its newsletter ISDR-Highlights, which features an article on the launch of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction “Risk and Poverty in a Changing Climate.”

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UNFPA Holds Workshop on Population Dynamics and Climate Change [viewed]

© UNFPA26 June 2009: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), in collaboration with the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), held a workshop from 24-25 June 2009, in London, UK, on population dynamics and climate change.

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Global Humanitarian Forum Addresses Human Impact of Climate Change [viewed]

© Global Humanitarian Forum24 June 2009: The Global Humanitarian Forum took place from 23-24 June 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, and was organized around the theme “Human Impact of Climate Change.”

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