Human Settlements & Population

WHO Predicts Increased Global Health Impacts Due to El Niño [viewed]

WHO22 January 2016: Severe drought, flooding, heavy rains and temperature rises are all known El Niño effects that can lead to food insecurity and malnutrition, disease outbreaks, water shortages and disruption of health services, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report indicates that the current 2015-2016 El Niño is predicted to be the worst in recent years and comparable to the 1997-1998 El Niño, which had major health consequences. WHO warns that the health implications of the 2015-2016 El Niño are expected to be more intense in developing countries, which have less capacity to reduce such impacts.

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Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Highlights Government and Business Action [viewed]

abudhabi201621 January 2016: The 2016 Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) focused on stimulating international dialogue and action on sustainable energy, water, waste, cities, women in sustainability, climate change and sustainable development. The week, which included a series of events, conferences and exhibitions, brought together thousands of delegates from government, industry and civil society with the aim of addressing challenges and opportunities in policy, finance, investment, and technology and innovation.

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UNEP, GEF Support Air Monitoring in Bosnia Herzegovina [viewed]

GEF UNEP19 January 2016: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has opened two air monitoring stations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and refurbished two existing ones. These steps will assist the country in: monitoring climate and air quality in line with national and EU law and prevent illnesses and deaths from outdoor pollution; ensuring accurate data is available to monitor climate change; alerting the public about pollution risk; and measuring the impact of policy measures to improve air quality.

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2016 Zayed Future Energy Prize Winners Announced [viewed]

Zayed Future19 January 2016: The US$4 million Zayed Future Energy Prize has been presented to the winners for 2016. The prize, which recognizes innovative solutions that aim to lead to a sustainable energy future, were announced during a ceremony at the World Future Energy Summit on 19 January 2016 in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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GFFA 2016 Highlights Agriculture and Food Security for SDGs, Climate [viewed]

gffa16 January 2016: The 2016 Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) resulted in a Communiqué from the agriculture ministers of 65 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The ministers call for ensuring food security for cities and rural areas through: sustainable, productive and profitable agriculture; efficient, reliable supply and value chains; and vibrant rural areas.

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Conference Discusses the Role of Transport and Cities in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

wb_wri_embarq15 January 2016: An annual international conference, titled 'Transforming Transportation 2016,' called for greater knowledge sharing, integrated approaches and innovative approaches to solve the sustainability challenges in cities. Co-hosted by the World Bank and EMBARQ, the urban mobility initiative of the World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, the conference brought together representatives from a wide array of international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), ministries, cities, municipalities, academia and the private sector.

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Event: Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2016 [viewed]

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) is an Abu Dhabi government initiative to address the interconnected challenges affecting energy, water and sustainable development. The largest sustainability gathering in the Middle East, ADSW encourages outcomes that pave the way toward sustainability, and provides the opportunity for dialogue and cooperation through policy dialogues, conferences, exhibitions and other events. ADSW 2016 is comprised of: an opening ceremony; the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), including a solar expo and sustainable transport zone; the International Water Summit; the EcoWaste exhibition; and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly. It also will also include the following events: Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy; IRENA Financial Times Debate; Egypt Energy Forum; Abu Dhabi Global Action Day; and the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the United Arab Emirate's international awards for energy and sustainability pioneers.

Speakers during the opening event include: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; and nine heads of states, including those from the Seychelles, Palau, Kosovo, Serbia, Nigeria and Morocco.

ADSW is being hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, and is expected to attract more than 33,000, with over 80 heads and ministers of state, and other participants from more than 170 countries.  

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Event: Resilient Cities 2016: 7th Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation [viewed]

This Forum, which is expected to bring together together over 400 experts and practitioners, will focus on a range of issues related to urban resilience and climate change adaptation, including inclusive resilience strategies, financing the resilient city, measuring and monitoring progress, resilience and adaptation planning, governance and collaboration, resource management, and resilient infrastructure. Participants will be able to network, build new partnerships, and exchange ideas and best practices. Participants will include: elected officials, including mayors; academics, researchers and students; private sector and NGO representatives; urban and regional planners; water and sanitation specialists; civil engineers; financial institution representatives; disaster risk and emergency managers; and climate change and adaptation experts. The Forum, which is meeting for the seventh year, is organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and co-hosted with the City of Bonn, Germany. Resilient Cities focuses on solutions for local governments, including cities and small island states.  

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Event: Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe 2016 [viewed]

This conference will discuss, among other things, collaborative approaches to, and challenges facing the critical infrastructure protection (CIP), critical national infrastructure (CNI) and critical information infrastructure protection (CIIP), including protection, management and security challenges. The conference will address: a more holistic approach to protecting CNI, from both physical and cyber security perspectives; how to collaborate on resource sharing and intelligence gathering to deliver better value for the tax payer and greater success in delivering CNI security and resilience and improving disaster risk reduction (DRR). More specifically, the conference will include sessions on: CNI approaches and case studies from transport sector; emerging and future threats detection and management; enhancing preparedness and response through modeling and simulation; private-public partnerships (PPP) in CIP; detection and protection technologies; cyber security standards and law; convergence in cyber security and CIIP; and cyber analysis, monitoring and defense. Participants will: gain insight into national and regional policy and security developments in relation to CIP; engage in debate, educational opportunities and cooperation advocacy; and share ideas and facilitate inter-departmental, government and agency cooperation. In addition, an exhibition will showcase leading technologies and products.  

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Event: Disaster Relief Asia [viewed]

This conference and exhibition will address the need for governments and international agencies to implement appropriate warning systems and response procedures to deal with the increasing number of disasters in Asia. It will explore different areas of disasters, including: search and rescue operations and cooperation among agencies; airlift support; humanitarian aid and planning for displaced civilians; and future warning systems under development for different disasters. The conference will also look at recent natural catastrophes in Asia and evaluate the subsequent response and humanitarian efforts. This will be the inaugural Disaster Relief Asia conference and is being hosted by Intelligence-Sec Limited.  

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