Human Settlements & Population

Event: MSI+5 High-Level Review [viewed]

The five-year review of the Mauritius Strategy for the Implementation (MSI+5) of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place in September 2010, during the High-Level Dialogue of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).  

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UN/ISDR Releases Report on Lessons Learned from Local DRR [viewed]

20 April 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released a report titled "Local Governments and Disaster Risk Reduction, Good Practices and Lessons Learned." The report comprises case studies and contributes to the “Making Cities Resilient” Campaign, which aims to address issues of local governance and urban risk, as well as sustainable urbanization principles.

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UN-HABITAT Releases 2009 Annual Report [viewed]

April 2010: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has released its annual report. The report on its 2009 activities underlines that the combination of climate change and demographic expansion poses an unprecedented challenge to cities.

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UN Releases Fourth Edition of Facts for Life [viewed]

April 2010: The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Bank, has published the fourth edition of "Facts for Life."

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ESCAP Releases Guidebook on Sustainable Energy Consumption [viewed]

April 2010: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has released a guidebook on sustainable energy consumption titled “Promotion of Sustainable Energy Consumption: Consumer Organizations and Efficient Energy Use in the Residential Sector.”

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IFAD Publishes Article on Adaptation in Kiribati [viewed]

14 April 2010: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released a story in their Rural Poverty Portal titled "Rising waters are threatening to destroy the homes and culture of Pacific islanders." The article outlines the impacts of sea level rise on Kiribati.

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Event: Second Africa Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

This meeting is being organized by the African Union Commission, the Government of Kenya and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), in collaboration with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) of the World Bank. This conference will be held parallel to the First Conference of Ministers responsible for meteorology in Africa, organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in conjunction with the African Union Commission.

The conference on disaster risk reduction and its technical segment will aim to: discuss and adopt the extended Programme of Action for the Implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for disaster risk reduction (2006-2015); define a regional mechanism and the resources to coordinate, support and monitor the implementation of the Africa Strategy and Programme of Action for disaster risk reduction (2006-2010); and link the outcomes of UNFCCC COP 15 to the extended Programme of Action for the Implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for disaster risk reduction (2006-2015).  

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Event: First Workshop on Climate Induced Migration in the Middle East and North Africa [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the World Bank and the Agence Française de Développement, in partnership with the UN University-Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The workshop will provide a forum for knowledge sharing of current research on climate induced migration and displacement carried out in the Middle East and North Africa region. For further information contact: Aditi Banerjee (abanerjee4@worldbank.org), Andrea Liverani (aliverani@worldbank.org), and Sarah Lahmani (LAHMANIS@afd.fr).  

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CBD Secretariat Publishes March Bulletin of Activities [viewed]

9 April 2010: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated its Monthly Bulletin of Activities for March 2010, including a report on its activities during the World Urban Forum, which met from 22-26 March 2010, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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World Health Day Celebrated [viewed]

7 April 2010: The 2010 edition of World Health Day was celebrated on 7 April around the theme "Urbanization: a challenge for public health." To mark the Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Commonwealth Secretariat released a couple of publications that underline linkages between urban health and climate change.

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