Posts Tagged: Human Settlements & Population

Event: Seventh Meeting of the Open Working Group on SDGs (OWG 7)

The seventh session of the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place from 6-10 January 2014, in New York, US. OWG 7 is expected to discuss: Sustainable cities and human settlements, sustainable transport (2 days); Sustainable consumption and production (including chemicals and waste) (1.5 days); and Climate change and disaster risk reduction (1.5 days).

WESS 2013 Report Focuses on Energy, Food Security and Sustainable Cities

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched the World Economic and Social Survey (WESS) 2013, subtitled ‘Sustainable Development Challenges,’ in Geneva, Switzerland. The 2013 report focuses on three sustainable development challenges identified for action at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20): energy transformation; food security and nutrition; and sustainable cities.

GEO-5 Report Highlights Impacts of a Changing Environment on Business

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with SustainAbility and the Green Light Group, has released a report titled ‘GEO-5 for Business: Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Corporate Sector.’ Based on UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), the report offers an analysis of specific risks faced by the construction, chemicals, mining, food, and other industries, and suggests ways in which businesses can adjust to create long-term competitive advantages.

CIF Reports on Mozambique's Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience

CIF has reported on the implementation of Mozambique’s US$100 million strategic programme for climate resilience. The Government of Mozambique, together with the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), is developing climate-resilient projects envisioning policy and institutional change in several sectors, such as agriculture, coastal cities, transport, water management, forestry and learning.

EEA Report Addresses End-User GHG Emissions From Energy

A new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) allocates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the energy sector, both direct and indirect, to energy users in order to understand demand-side trends driving energy-sector GHG emissions. The report found that 90% of the net increase in GHG emissions in the EU in 2010 was driven by energy production and consumption.

ITU Launches Third Green ICT Application Challenge

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has launched the Third Green Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Application Challenge, in collaboration with Telefónica. The Challenge invites submissions in the following areas: adaptation to climate change; management of energy, water, health services or waste; town planning, including smart buildings; smart sustainable societies, community participation and environmental education; and transport and mobility.