Human Settlements & Population

IEA Releases Report on Role of Cities and Towns in Promoting Renewable Energy [viewed]

9dic_09_068 December 2009: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report titled "Cities, Towns and Renewable Energy: Yes In My Front Yard," which aims to illustrate to local level stakeholders the benefits and opportunities renewables can offer local businesses and citizens, and to assist national governments to better understand the role municipalities can play in national renewables programmes.

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UNEP and GEF Support a Greener Football World Cup in 2010 [viewed]

GEF7 December 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have announced support towards greening the World Cup with a one million dollar funding package to ensure that the event has a long-term sustainable impact on the country and the region.

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UNICEF Children's Climate Forum Forwards Declaration to COP15 [viewed]

8dic_09_064 December 2009: The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the city of Copenhagen, Denmark, organized a Children's Climate Forum from 28 November-4 December 2009, in the run up to the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 15).

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GEF Videos Highlight Adaptation and Mitigation Efforts in Bhutan and China [viewed]

GEF2 December 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has posted two videos showcasing adaptation efforts in Thotomi Glacier Lake, Bhutan, and its latest efforts to develop the renewable energy sector in China.

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IOM Releases Publications on Migration, Climate Change and the Environment [viewed]

iomlogo4 December 2009: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has released two publications on migration, climate change and the environment.

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UNU Releases Report on Nexus between Climate Change and Migration [viewed]

3dic_09_11November 2009: The UN University (UNU) Institute for Environment and Human Security has released a brief titled "The Way Forward: Researching the Environment and Migration Nexus," whichfocuses on the links and implications of climate change and environmental degradation for migration and policy.

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UN-HABITAT's Executive Director Receives Environment Prize [viewed]

Unhabitat24 November 2009: UN-HABITAT Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka, Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, and Sören Hermansen, Danish Hero of the Environment, were given the Göteborg Award for Sustainable Development during a ceremony that stressed the urban dimension of the climate change and environment debate.

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UNECE International Forum on Energy Efficiency in Housing Convenes [viewed]

Unece23 November 2009: The International Forum on Energy Efficiency in Housing, under the aegis of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), is taking place in Vienna, Austria, from 23-25 November 2009, to consider a draft action plan for improving buildings' energy efficiency performance in the UNECE region.

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World Bank Global Development Marketplace Awards US$4.8 Million to Innovative Adaptation Ideas [viewed]

developmentmarketplacelogo13 November 2009: The World Bank awarded close to US$5 million to 26 innovative climate adaptation projects, through a contest for community-based ideas to tackle the effects of climate change.

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Climate Vulnerable Countries Issue Declaration for Copenhagen [viewed]

climatevulnerableforum10 November 2009: Maldives hosted a high-level climate change summit focusing on ‘climate vulnerable' States, from 9-10 November 2009, in Bandos Island Resort, with a view to drawing attention to the specific challenges, adaptation and green development needs of the States that are most vulnerable to global climate change.

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