Human Settlements & Population

34th GEF Council Approves Eight Climate Change Projects [viewed]

9 January 2009: The 34th Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which took place from 11-13 November 2008, approved $201.17 million for funding 37 new GEF projects, eight in climate change, one in land degradation, and eight multifocal proposals.

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C40 to Host Climate Summit of Large Cities in Seoul [viewed]

C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group

January 2009: The C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group, which previously met in London in 2005 and in New York in 2007, has announced that it will meet in Seoul from 18-21 May 2009, for its third Summit.

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UN Launches Campaign on Internally Displaced Persons, Including Those Affected by Climate Change [viewed]

IDPs in North Kivu (Democratic Republic of the Congo) 18 December 2008: The UN has launched a year-long advocacy campaign to help millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs), which represent 1% of the world's population, focusing on mitigating the impact of conflict and natural disasters.

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UNGA Adopts Climate Change-Related Resolutions [viewed]

UN General Assembly (UNGA) 19 December 2008: Among 34 development-related actions put forward by its Second Committee (Economic and Financial), the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a number of resolutions reflecting the breadth of the Committee's agenda, including consideration of the economic ramifications of climate change, and addressing the need for a more equitable international financial system and to bolster developing countries' resilience to financial risk.

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ESCAP Holds High Level Meeting on Asia-Pacific's Food-Fuel Crisis and Climate Change [viewed]

L-R: Indonesia's Foreign Minister, Dr. N. Hassan Wirajuda and Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP

9 December 2008: The High-level Regional Policy Dialogue on “The Food-Fuel Crisis and Climate Change – Reshaping the Development Agenda,” organized by the Government of Indonesia and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), is convening in Denpasar, Indonesia, from 9-10 December 2008. The dialogue aims to identify strategies to address the impact of the food, energy and financial crises on Asia and the Pacific in the context of climate change, and prevent the triple crises from becoming a development emergency.

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IEA Releases 25 Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations [viewed]

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5 December 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released 25 energy efficiency policy recommendations that were endorsed by G8 Heads of State.

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UNEP Releases Report on Construction, Buildings and Climate [viewed]

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6 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

released a report entitled “The Kyoto Protocol, the Clean Development

Mechanism, and the Building and Construction Sector,” suggesting that the Kyoto

Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which governs the main

international carbon market, should be revised to tap into the mitigation

potential of the building and construction industry.

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UNEP Gathers Leaders to Shape UN Green Economy Initiative [viewed]

Global Green New Deal1 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has convened economists, academics and leaders of private and public institutions at an “International Workshop to take forward the Global Initiative on the Green Economy.” The workshop, which is meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, is considering the US$4 million UN Green Economy Initiative, which was launched on 22 October 2008, and seeks to respond to the global economic downturn by focusing policymakers on the promise of economic growth and job creation in environmental industries.

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UN-HABITAT's Executive Director to Attend Poznan Climate Talks [viewed]

Congo, Liberia. Flooding due to Climate change (Photo courtesy of UN-HABITAT) 27 November 2008: UN-HABITAT's Executive Director, Anna Tibaijuka, will join the UN Secretary-General and other senior officials in Poznan, Poland, for the climate talks that will take place from 1-12 December 2008.

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World Bank Lead Environmental Economist Highlights South Asia's Vulnerability to Climate Change [viewed]

South Asia's Vulnerability to Climate Change 25 November 2008: Speaking ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland, Richard Damania, World Bank Lead Environmental Economist for the South Asia Region, described the climate-related challenges in South Asia as daunting.

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