Human Settlements & Population

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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UNEP and ESCAP Hold Workshop on Air Quality and Climate Change Solutions in Asian Cities [viewed]

The Better Air Quality 2008 (BAQ 2008)

14 November 2008: The Better Air Quality 2008 workshop,

which took place from 12-14 November 2008, in Bangkok, Thailand, brought

together about 1,000 participants from over 35 countries and was organized

around the theme: “Air quality and climate change: scaling up win-win solutions

in Asia.”

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UNEP Releases Report on Atmospheric Brown Clouds [viewed]

Cities Across Asia Get Dimmer: Impacts on Glaciers, Agriculture and the Monsoon Get Clearer

13 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

released a report on Atmospheric Brown Clouds (ABCs) that shows that, in

addition to affecting agriculture and human health, this layer of soot and

manmade particles can both aggravate, via the absorption of sunlight, and

counteract, via the reflection of sunlight and effects on cloud formation,

climate change due to greenhouse gases.

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UN-HABITAT: Fourth World Urban Forum Opens in China [viewed]

Fourth Session of World Urban Forum opens in Nanjing

3 November 2008: The

fourth session of the World Urban Forum opened in Nanjing, China, under the

theme “Harmonious Urbanization.” During the opening ceremony, Chinese officials

noted the importance of integrated development between cities and regions, with

emphasis on energy and climate change mitigation.

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UNGA Second Committee Considers Human Settlements and Climate Change [viewed]

UN-HABITAT Chief, in Second Committee, cites ‘Rapid and Chaotic' Urbanization, Shortage of Affordable Housing as Causes of Global Financial Crisis 28 October 2008: The Second Committee on Economic and Financial issues, of the 63rd UN General Assembly (UNGA), considered the report of the Secretary-General on the Implementation of the Outcome of the UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) and strengthening of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) (document A/63/291).

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UN OHCHR Convenes Consultations on Climate Change and Human Rights [viewed]

OHCHR study on the relationship between climate change and human rights 22 October 2008: The Office of the UN High Commissioner for

Human Rights (OHCHR) convened an open-ended consultation meeting on the

relationship between climate change and human rights on 22 October 2008, in

Geneva, Switzerland.

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C40 Tokyo Conference on Climate Change Discusses Adaptation Measures for Sustainable Low Carbon Cities [viewed]

C40 cities 24 October 2008: Mayors and senior officials from 36 of the

world's largest cities gathered from 22-24 October 2008, in Tokyo, Japan, for

talks on how to fight global warming in the latest meeting of the so-called C40

climate initiative.

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UN-HABITAT: State of the World's Cities Report Underlines Coastal Cities' Vulnerability to Climate Change [viewed]

State of the World's Cities 2008/2009

23 October 2008: The UN Human Settlements Programme

(UN-HABITAT) has launched “State of the World's Cities 2008/2009: Harmonious

Cities,” a flagship report published every two years by the UN agency.

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OECD Cities and Climate Change Conference Evaluates Role of Cities in Responding to Climate Change [viewed]

Mayors, Ministers call for Joint Action on Climate Change at OECD Conference 10 October 2008: The international Conference on “Competitive Cities and Climate Change,” organized by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), took place from 9-10 October 2008, in Milan, Italy. The event provided the opportunity for mayors from some of the world's most important and influential cities to both address common challenges and share best practices on climate solutions.

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UNU Hosts Environmental Refugee Conference [viewed]

UN premises at Langer Eugen Bonn 9 October 2008: The UN University (UNU) is hosting the

International Conference on Environment, Forced Migration and Social

Vulnerability, which is taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 9-11 October 2008.

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), UN Environment Programme

(UNEP), and International Organization for Migration (IOM) are among the

Conference's organizing partners. Participants have been asked to capture the

current state of research and debate on the issue, and to conclude with

recommendations for moving forward.

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