Human Settlements & Population

UNCCD's GM and IOM Collaborate on Land Degradation and Migration in West Africa [viewed]

UNCCD GLOBAL MECHANISM (GM)9 December 2013: In the context of desertification, land degradation and drought leading to migration across West Africa, the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have launched a partnership to address land degradation and environmental migration.

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Northeast Asian Countries Enhance Low Carbon Urban Development Cooperation [viewed]

UNESCAP9 December 2013: The UN symposium on 'Realizing Low Carbon Cities in North-East Asia: Bridging Science, Policy and Promoting Cooperation' focused on sharing lessons learned on low carbon city (LCC) development and improving subregional cooperation on LCC strategies.

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OECD Outlines Climate Change Work for 2013-2014 [viewed]

OECD29 November 2013: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a brochure, titled 'Work on Climate Change 2013-2014,' which outlines past and future work of the organization in relation to economic and policy analysis on climate change, and OECD fora for climate change discussions.

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ADB, DFID and Rockefeller Foundation Launch Urban Climate Proofing Project [viewed]

ADB29 November 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Rockefeller Foundation launched ‘Managing Climate Risks for the Urban Poor,' a programme to help secondary cities in Asia address climate change impacts.

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Event: Workshop on The Future of Social Housing: Environmental and Social Challenges [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and UN-HABITAT, in cooperation the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing (CECODHAS), will hold a workshop exploring the future of social housing in UNECE member states. The second day of the event will focus on environmental sustainability issues of social housing, including energy efficiency, resource efficiency, climate neutrality and "green social housing." Case studies will be examined from Sweden, Trento, Italy and Quebec, Canada.  

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Event: Resilient Cities 2014: Fifth Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation [viewed]

Also known as 'Resilient Cities 2014,' this Forum is organized by ICLEI– Local Governments for Sustainability and the World Mayors Council on Climate Change, and co-sponsored by UN-HABITAT, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The event will focus on: risk data and analysis; adaptation planning and policy; comprehensive adaptation approaches; collaborative and community-based adaptation; resilient infrastructure and city-region support systems; and governance and capacity building.  

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ECPA Newsletter Highlights Clean Energy, Sustainable Cities, Climate Science Initiatives [viewed]

ECPA logo18 November 2013: The Clearinghouse for the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) has released the latest issue of its ECPA Clearinghouse Newsletter, providing briefs on several recent regional events related to energy and climate issues.

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UN Officials Recognize Cities' Role in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

21 November 2013: The Warsaw Climate Change Conference celebrated 'Cities Day of the High Level Segment,' in recognition of the role of cities in combatting climate change. Cities Day encompassed a number of events, including a Conference of the Parties (COP) Presidency ‘Cities and Subnational Dialogue.'

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Environmental Stressors Expected to Worsen as Climate Changes and Urban Population Grows [viewed]

WMO19 November 2013: A technical conference on the theme 'Responding to the Environmental Stressors of the 21st Century' focused on challenges posed by rising greenhouse gases, extreme weather events, pressures on the water cycle, pollution and an increasing urban-based global population.

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UNEP's 'Africa Adaptation Gap' Report Estimates Costs in Face of 'Emissions Gap' [viewed]

UNEP19 November 2013: A report released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reviews the financial and environmental costs that Africa will face if governments fail to close the ‘emissions gap' needed to keep warming below 2°C. The report, titled 'Africa's Adaptation Gap: Technical Report,' confirms the assessment of the World Bank's November 2012 report,  titled 'Turn Down the Heat,' that there is a 40 per cent chance global temperature will increase by 3.5-4°C if mitigation efforts are not stepped up.

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