Human Settlements & Population

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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UNEP Announces Projects to Prove Investments in Nature-Based Assets Serve as Key Adaptation Measures [viewed]

Country Pilots to Prove Investments in Nature-Based Assets Give High Economic, Social and Environmental Rate of Return 6 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in

cooperation with governments, is drawing up some projects to demonstrate that

re-investing in damaged ecosystems can generate significant economic,

environmental and social returns.

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Stresses Link Between Climate Change and Forced Displacements [viewed]

High Commissioner António Guterres opens the 59th annual meeting of UNHCR's governing Executive Committee 6 October 2008: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

António Guterres told the opening session of his agency's governing Executive

Committee, which met in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2-6 October 2006, that

climate change, extreme poverty and conflict are increasingly inter-related,

leading to a surge in forced displacement rising and demands on the UNHCR.

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UN Officials Mark World Habitat Day Urging that Urbanization Should Not Come at Expense of Environment [viewed]

Urbanization must not come at expense of environment, say UN officials 6 October 2008: Top UN officials marked World Habitat Day by

drawing attention to the need to raise awareness of the problems of rapid

urbanization, its impact on the environment and the challenges of rising urban

poverty. The UN has designated the first Monday in October each year as World

Habitat Day, to reflect on the state of towns and cities and the basic right to

adequate shelter for all. This year, Luanda, Angola, led the observance of the

celebration, which focused on the theme “Harmonious Cities.”

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OECD Convenes Conference on Competitive Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

The international conference on Competitive Cities and Climate Change 3 October 2008: The Organisation for Economic Cooperation

and Development (OECD) is co-organizing with the province and the city of

Milan, a Conference on Cities and Climate Change, which is scheduled to convene

from 9-10 October 2008, in Milan, Italy.

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International Polar Day 2008 [viewed]

International Polar Day - People September 2008: The sixth quarterly International Polar Day,

which will be celebrated on 24 September 2008, will address how climate change

and renewed exploitation present urgent challenges to Arctic people, including

by examining the health impacts of climate change on the Arctic residents and

the focus of monitoring programmes of the polar environment on climate change.

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UNPFII Resource Kit on Indigenous Peoples' Issues Available [viewed]

Resource Kit on Indigenous People 27 August 2008: This toolkit is aimed at UN Country Teams

and other development agents, to provide guidance on how to engage indigenous

peoples and include their perspectives in development processes.

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World Bank Launches Film Contest on the Social Aspects of Climate Change [viewed]

Vulnerability Exposed: Social Dimensions of Climate Change

25 August 2008: The World Bank launched a worldwide

documentary competition that will highlight the social aspects of climate

change as experienced and/or observed by the film-maker(s).

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UN-HABITAT Signs Agreements for Shanghai World Expo 2010 [viewed]

UN-HABITAT 18 August 2008: UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka has signed a Memorandum of Understanding and

Participation Contract with the Government of the People's Republic of China on

the UN's participation in the Shanghai World Expo 2010, which will be held from

1 May to 31 October 2010 around the theme ‘Better City, Better Life.'

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