Human Settlements & Population

World Bank Calls for Systematic Approach to Air Quality Management [viewed]

Worldbanklogo19 February 2015: A report examining the World Bank's activities in relation to air quality management and environmental health recommends a more systematic focus for enhanced impact. Drawing lessons from successful projects to date, the report calls for: better data and systematic monitoring of changes in air quality over time; an active dialogue with all stakeholders; integrated approaches; cross-sectoral involvement; and a combination of technical, policy and economic measures.

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Conferences in India Hear Calls for Smart Cities [viewed]

re_invest-dsds201517 February 2015: Two international conferences held in February in India have heard calls from UN officials to focus on smart cities as a win-win-solution to sustainable development and climate change.

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Report Highlights Actions to Limit Disaster Risk in ACP Countries [viewed]

logo-acpc-small12 February 2015: The Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States has published a study that provides a comprehensive view of the risks faced across its member countries and efforts to reduce them. The ‘ACP Compendium of Risk Knowledge,' reveals that disaster risk in ACP countries is higher than in other regions, with 12 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa and one from the Caribbean among the 20 most-at-risk in the world.

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ECOSOC Hosts 2015 Youth Forum [viewed]

ECOSOC3 February 2015: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) hosted a group of youth representatives to discuss youth activism and engagement with the UN in the year ahead. The Forum allowed young people from around the world to learn about UN processes on development, climate, and other issues, and share their views and proposals with UN and government leaders.

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FAO, Malawi to Protect Farmers from Severe Flooding [viewed]

fao-malawi28 January 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is working with the Government of Malawi on a US$16 million plan to protect farmers from severe flooding, which has destroyed fields and homes, washed away animals and crops, and is threatening food security in the affected areas, including with disease outbreaks that could affect surviving livestock.

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January 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

adaptation-fund-adb-cif-ebrd-idb-wb31 January 2015: During January 2015, the Adaptation Fund, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the World Bank reported on new funding and projects, and on finance-related tools and capacity-building activities. ADB, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank published articles, studies and other material on, inter alia: climate proofing of transport infrastructure; vulnerability and resilience in cities; financial instruments; and carbon pricing and offsets.

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UNICEF Issue Briefs Recommend Post-2015 Targets on Children [viewed]

Unicef LogoJanuary 2015: Children's rights must be at the center of the post-2015 development agenda, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) argues in a set of issue briefs titled 'A Post-2015 World Fit for Children.' The briefs discuss a range of issues related to the post-2015 development agenda and children, and suggest relevant targets for the agenda.

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Experts Discuss Population and Sustainable Development Linkages Ahead of CPD 48 [viewed]

undesa-populationdivision22 January 2015: The Commission on Population and Development (CPD) held a moderated discussion with experts on the state of scientific knowledge on some of the main substantive issues expected to be discussed during its 48th session. Several panelists outlined linkages between population and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Event: ICLEI World Congress 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) World Congress will be held under the theme of 'Sustainable Solutions for an Urban Future' in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The week-long triennial event will include: the ICLEI Council Meeting; plenaries on trends and targets, financing, accelerating local action and the SDGs; and sessions on 'Urban China,' water and innovative city leaders. Alongside the Congress, parallel events are planned, including an Urban Nature Forum, Researchers' Symposium and technical site visits in the city of Seoul. An expected outcome of the Congress is the collation of local governments' proposals into coherent themes and agendas so that they may contribute to the international debate.  

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Event: C40 Latin American Mayors Forum [viewed]

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, are hosting Latin American mayors for a one-day forum on climate change leadership at the local government level. The Forum will provide an opportunity for cities in the region to announce commitments on climate change in line with the Compact of Mayors. Participants will also share best practices, seek collective strategies, and learn of the technical assistance available to cities complying with the Compact. Mayors from both C40 cities and non-C40 cities in Latin America will be in attendance.  

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