Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be held from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Several thousand participants are expected, including at related events linked to the World Conference under the umbrella of building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters. The General Assembly decided that the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction shall provide for the full...



Uniting towards Urban resilience in Asia-Pacific

“It is significant to use our collective rights to build a universal resilient future”   - Richard Friend, Director, ISET International. The days from 11-13 February 2015 marked the beginning of a revolution in the history of Asia-Pacific’s resilience building process. More than 300 participants from around 30 countries and more than 100 cities came together at Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2015 in high-level plenaries, technical...



Declaration of the Bangkok Call for Action - Asia Pacific cities call for action on urban resilience

More than 300 people from around 30 odd countries and more than 100 cities witnessed the declaration of the Bangkok Call for Action – Towards Urban Resilience in Asia-Pacific, at the first ever Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2015 Congress in Bangkok on 13 February 2015.  “The Bangkok Call for Action captures the outcomes of the congress and provides recommendations for cities and nations in moving towards a climate-resilient world”,...



Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2015 – Identifying solutions for a more resilient Asia-Pacific

With a rise in natural disasters such as super storms, storm surges, landslides and floods, we are regularly reminded of the need to make our cities safer and stronger. The UN human settlements programme estimates that nearly 70 per cent of the world's population will live in urban areas by 2050, with most of the growth expected to take place in Asia-Pacific. The region will be affected by rising temperatures, water security, sea-level rises,...



Lima united countries for climate action, Paris must bring all actors on board

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability welcomes the outcomes of the recently concluded UN Climate Change Conference (COP20/CMP10), specifically the Lima Call for Climate Action, but encourages all countries to urgently mobilize enabling frameworks and resources to tap into the ambitious commitments of local and subnational governments.  The Lima Call for Climate Action elaborates the elements of the new climate regime to be...



Better Air Quality Conference 2014

Recognizing that clean air and sustainable transport are essential to a livable society in Asia, the "Integrated Conference of BAQ (Better Air Quality) 2014 and Intergovernmental 8th Regional EST Forum in Asia" will be taking place in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 19-21 November 2014. The event will be co-organized by the Ministry of Transport of Sri Lanka, The Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy of Sri Lanka, Ministry of the...



Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2015 – A platform for local governments to move towards urban resilience

Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2015The 1st Asia-Pacific Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation11-13 February 2015 | Bangkok, Thailand By 2050, the global urban population is expected to increase by 2.5–3 billion compared to 2009 figures, corresponding to 64–69% of the world population. Urban areas are a key driver of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across multiple sectors and currently account for over 70% of global energy use. Rising sea...


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