Poverty Eradication

Event: Resilient Cities 2012: 3rd Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation [viewed]

Resilient Cities 2012: 3rd World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change will focus on the following themes: urban risk and the issue of urban infrastructure as a key element in building resilient cities; resilient integrated urban design - how to optimally relate the water, food security and biodiversity sectors to build a resilient city; resilient urban renewable energy - how to ensure a clear link between the local renewables agenda and energy security and safety of urban areas; resilient urban logistics - a showcase of successful examples in ecomobility (moving people) and ecologistics (moving goods); and financing the resilient city - how climate financing for adaptation can be mobilized, leveraged and innovated for the local level. Resilient Cities 2012 will also host a session on global sustainable infrastructure finance in partnership with Global Energy Basel. Joan Clos, UN-HABITAT's Executive Director, is the patron of Resilient Cities 2011 and 2012.  

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UNRISD Paper Examines Social Dimensions of the Global Political Economy of REDD+ [viewed]

30 December 2011: The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) has published a paper on how different actors bring the social dimension into the negotiating process for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries) at the global level.

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Assessing 66th Session, UNGA President Highlights Disaster Readiness, Sustainable Development [viewed]

31 December 2011: Closing the main part of the 66th UN General Assembly (UNGA), President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser outlined significant developments during his tenure. At a press conference on 22 December, he described the preceding three months as “among the most exciting of my two-decade experience of diplomatic service." He highlighted upcoming events and called for support for the Assembly's work in 2012, which will include disaster readiness and sustainable development.

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Land Day 5 Discusses Zero Net Land Degradation Target [viewed]

6 December 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa, and the World Agroforestry Center, convened Land Day 5 in parallel to the Durban Climate Change Conference. Participants at the one-day event discussed the climate benefits from a sustainable development goal for zero net land degradation.

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World Bank Scales Up Support to Kenya Health Sector Project [viewed]

World Bank20 December 2011: The World Bank has approved the scaling up of its support to Kenya to address the impacts of the current drought by $56.8 million. Support to the Kenya Health Sector Support Project is expected to benefit 90,000 pregnant and lactating women, and nearly 400,000 malnourished children in the affected areas.

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UN Releases Joint Publication on Social Dimensions of Climate Change [viewed]

7 December 2011: The UN High-Level Committee on Programmes Working Group on Climate Change has released a draft report highlighting the social dimensions within the climate change international negotiations and country implementation.

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UNECE MDG Report Highlights Development Disparities Within and Between Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

December 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published a report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 29 emerging economies in the UNECE region, gathering 10 post-transition EU Member States as well as 12 post-Soviet republics in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia and 7 countries in South-Eastern Europe.

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2011 SEED Awards Focus on African Entrepreneurs [viewed]

15 December 2011: The 2011  Supporting Entrepreneurs for Environment and Development (SEED) Awards, announced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), were granted to 35 entrepreneurs from 14 countries for their inspiring grassroot businesses that contribute to meeting current sustainable development challenges.

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UN Secretary-General Takes Stock of 2011 [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General14 December 2011: At a year-end press conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that 2011 delivered warnings about our common future, highlighting the disaster at Fukushima and record floods in Pakistan, Thailand, Colombia and El Salvador, which he qualified as "a vivid reminder of the increasing incidence of extreme weather."

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PIFS Announces Launch of Pacific Climate Futures [viewed]

8 December 2011: The Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS) has announced the launch of the Pacific Climate Futures, an initiative of the Pacific Climate Change Science Program. The web-based tool is intended to assist decision makers and planners in 15 Asia-Pacific countries in understanding how their respective climates have changed, and how it may change in the future.

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