Human Settlements & Population

UNEP Releases 2009 Climate Change Compendium [viewed]

© UNEP24 September 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report entitled “Climate Change Science Compendium 2009.” The report, compiled in association with scientists around the world, reviews some 400 major scientific contributions to our understanding of Earth Systems and climate change that have been released through peer-reviewed literature, or from research institutions, over the last three years.

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UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management Discusses Climate Neutral Cities [viewed]

© Jan Kubiš, Executive Secretary, UNECE, opened the seminar on climate neutral Cities by video message. He called for a stronger focus on the housing sector in the post-Kyoto agreement of UNFCCC COP-15.23 September 2009: An all-day seminar on climate neutral cities was organized during the 70th session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management, which convened from 23-25 September 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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AOSIS Summit Reviews Negotiations, Adopts Declaration [viewed]

© SIDSNet22 September 2009: The AOSIS Climate Change Summit was held in New York, on 21 September 2009, to set a course for AOSIS negotiators in the final months of talks on a post-2012 agreement.

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UN Global Climate Week: Activities Start in Hamburg [viewed]

© UNEP19 September 2009: The first “Global Climate Week” was launched on 19 September 2009, in Hamburg, Germany, initiating a week of synchronised activity around the world to encourage urgent action to combat climate change. Global Climate Week officially runs from 21-25 September 2009, involving activities by corporations, community groups and individuals around the world. It coincides with the Summit on Climate Change that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host on 22 September 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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Guest Article #21: Climate Neutral Cities [viewed]

Over this past decade, the effects of climate change have revealed the many facets of this unprecedented challenge. What was initially understood to be a limited environmental challenge has now been shown to impact the lives and future of all of us, in many interlinked ways.

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World Bank Announces Development Marketplace Finalists [viewed]

© World Bank August 2009: The World Bank has announced 100 finalists of the Development Marketplace contest on Climate Change Adaptation. Twenty-five of them will receive grants of up to US$200,000 to implement their projects over two years.

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ECOSOC Substantive Session Draws to a Close [viewed]

© ECOSOC29 July 2009: During the final week of its annual substantive session, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted four resolutions and seven decisions on economic and environmental questions.

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Discusses Early Climate Impacts [viewed]

© UNESCO17 July 2009: “On the Frontlines of Climate Change,” an internet forum launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), has published an article on the early impacts of climate change.

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UN-HABITAT Executive Director Highlights Connections Between Urban and Green Agendas [viewed]

© UN20 July 2009: UN-HABITAT Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka delivered a keynote address to the XVIII Assembly of Ministers and lead authorities of housing and urban development in Latin America and the Caribbean (MINURVI), which convened in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and emphasized three key messages: decent housing and universal access to basic urban services are critical elements to the well-being of urban populations and poverty reduction; cities play a role as engines of economic growth; and sustainable development depends on sustainable urban development.

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UN-HABITAT Business Forum Underscores Effects of Climate Change on Cities [viewed]

© UN-HABITAT9 July 2009: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) organized the first Habitat Business Forum from 7-9 July 2009, in New Delhi, India, in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries, the Indian Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, and the China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce. Under the theme innovative cities, the Forum brought together representatives from government, civil society and the private sector to discuss urban challenges, as well as sustainable and innovative solutions through public-private community partnerships.

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