Human Settlements & Population

UN-HABITAT: Sustainable Communities Course to Examine Risk and Vulnerability Reduction of Cities [viewed]

Teaching sustainable urban development 12 August 2008: A two-week course on Sustainable Communities has commenced in Bangkok, Thailand, bringing together 28 urban professionals representing academia, NGOs, local

authorities and central government agencies from 15 African and Asian

countries.

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FAO Highlights Indigenous Peoples' Role in Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

World day highlights fundamental role of indigenous peoples in food security 8 August 2008: On the eve of the International Day for the World's Indigenous Peoples, which is celebrated on 9 August, Regina Laub, the

UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) focal point for Indigenous Peoples,

noted that climate change and limited land rights increasingly threaten

indigenous peoples' livelihoods.

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WB-UN/ISDR: A Tool for Improving Climate Resilience of Cities [viewed]

Climate Resilient Cities - A Primer on Reducing Vulnerabilities to Climate Change Impacts and Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in East Asian Cities. Photo credit, World Bank 6 August 2008: The World Bank, the UN International Strategy

for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction

and Recovery (GFDRR) have released an interactive report entitled ‘Climate

Resilient Cities,' which provides cities and their governments with guidelines

to reduce their vulnerability to climate change and strengthen disaster risk

management.

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WMO Expert Team on Urban Building Climatology Meets [viewed]

Expert Team on Urban and Building Climatology. Photo credit, WMO

28 July

2008: The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Expert Team on

Urban Building Climatology is meeting at WMO headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland region,

from 28-29 July 2008. The Team is one of the WMO Commission for Climatology's

Expert Teams focusing on climate applications to socioeconomic sectors.

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Upcoming Session of UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management to Address Energy Efficiency [viewed]

69th UNECE Session of the Committee on Housing and Land Management 16 July 2008: The 69th UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management is scheduled to take place from 22-23 September in Geneva, Switzerland.

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ECOSOC Concludes General Segment [viewed]

Consensus Reached on 2007 Ministerial Declaration Resolution 24 July 2008: The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concluded the

work of its general segment, adopting 15 resolutions and 8 decisions, including

on strengthening the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance.

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ECOSOC Addresses Gender Aspects of Climate Change [viewed]

23 July

2008: Opening the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) discussion on ‘mainstreaming

a gender perspective into all UN policies and programmes, women and

development, and the advancement of women,' Rachel Mayanja, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on

Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, noted the particular vulnerability of

women to climate change and the food crisis.

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UNEP Releases Atlas Documenting African Environmental Change [viewed]

African_atlas

10 June 2008: A new Atlas, comprised of photographs,

satellite imagery and narrative, illustrates changes to Africa's environment

over the past 36 years. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched Africa: Atlas of Our Changing Environment

in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 10 June 2008, at the twelfth Session of the

African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), which convened from

7-12 June 2008.

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OECD Ministerial Council and Forum Focus on the Economics of Climate Change [viewed]

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5 June 20

08: The Organisation for

Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Forum 2008 and the annual

OECD Council at ministerial level considered ‘Climate Change, Growth and

Stability' and ‘Outreach, reform and the economics of climate change,'

respectively, during their meetings in Paris, France, from 3-5 June 2008.

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ILO Initiative to Aid Transition to Green Business [viewed]

5 June

2008: The International Labour Organization (ILO) rolled out its Green Jobs

Initiative, aimed at easing the transition to green business and jobs, on World

Environment Day. Speaking about the Initiative, Juan Somavia, ILO

Director-General, said “green

growth and avoiding dangerous climate change depend on greener enterprises and

green jobs.”

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