Human Settlements & Population

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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UN-HABITAT Conference Adopts Declaration on Green Building for Africa [viewed]

14 May 2010:  The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) held a conference on Promoting Green Building Rating in Africa from 4-6 May 2010, at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The event brought together experts, practitioners and decision makers from 20 African countries and concluded with the adoption of a declaration to promote and foster green building practices in Africa.

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UNPFII Urges Development Models Based on Indigenous Values [viewed]

The ninth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which convened from 19-30 April 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, considered economic and social issues and their impacts, including the financial crisis, climate change, forests and the actions of multinational corporations, among other issues.

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Report of the Secretary-General's Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change Launched [viewed]

28 April 2010: The report of the Secretary-General's Adivsory Group on Energy and Climate Change was launched on 28 April 2010. According to the report, would be possible to provide universal access to modern energy services by 2030 without significantly increasing greenhouse gas emissions, by scaling up renewable energy and other low-emission technologies. 

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