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Women promote inclusion in New Urban Agenda

Women Assembly in Quito

The Women Assembly brought together grassroot women, gender champions, representatives from civil society, academia, international organisations and UN agencies to discuss the empowerment of women, gender equality and the New Urban Agenda. The daylong event that held a week ago at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador was organised by the Huairou Commission in collaboration with UN Women and UN-Habitat and ...

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Planners endorse city climate publication

Women Assembly in Quito

The International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) last week in Quito became the latest of 46 partners to endorse the “Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning”, launched by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and partners at the 2015 Paris Climate Summit (COP-21). On 17 October 2016, UN-Habitat, ISOCARP and other endorsing partners launched the Spanish translation of the ...

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Algeria, Uruguay ratify Paris Agreement

Costa Rican

Algeria and Uruguay have deposited their instruments of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Both nations made the deposition on Friday, 21 October 2016. It brings the number of Parties that have ratified the Paris Agreement at 83 States – Uruguay was 82nd while Algeria was 83rd – out of 197 ...

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Paris Agreement a signal of world hope, says Espinosa

Patricia Espinosa

At two separate forums held recently – a presentation at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Oviedo in Spain, and an acceptance speech delivered while receiving the 2016 Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation at a ceremony presided by Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain – Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on ...

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Paris Agreement: IPCC agrees outlines of new reports

Hoesung Lee

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Thursday in Bangkok, Thailand agreed the outlines of two new reports that will help governments implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The Panel approved the outlines of Global Warming of 1.5ºC, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission ...

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Ministerial meeting sets stage for COP22

ministerial meeting

The Pre-COP Ministerial Meeting in Marrakech came to a close on Thursday after two days of closed-door plenary sessions on final preparations for the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), the 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the ...

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Habitat III: New agenda for green, sustainable cities agreed

Joan Clos

The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, known as Habitat III, was on Thursday wrapped up in Quito, Ecuador, with delegations adopting a new framework that will set the world on a course towards sustainable urban development by rethinking how cities are planned, managed and inhabited. “We have analysed and discussed the challenges that our cities are facing ...

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Dissatisfaction, as Quito Habitat III summit closes

Owen Gaffney

The New Urban Agenda has failed to capture the urgency needed to meet the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to cities, said scientists on the final day of the United Nations Habitat III summit in Quito, Ecuador, which attracted over 40,000 people. “There are one billion poor, many of who live in the one million ...

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Group launches campaign to curb female circumcision

Female circumcision

The Media Initiative Against Human trafficking and Women Rights Abuse (MIAHWRA) has stated that much work still needs to be done in ending female circumcision, or female genital mutilation (FGM), in Nigeria. Research and investigations by the organisation’s production crew reveals that many parents in the country are still very much in support of damaging the reproductive health of girls ...

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CRIC seeks to make land resilient to degradation


The 15th Session of the Committee of the Review of Implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (CRIC 15) concluded its three-day meeting on Thursday in Nairobi, Kenya, with the adoption of an outcome that would ramp up global efforts to curb desertification and drought. Two issues were deemed particularly important for CRIC 15. First, the elaboration of a ...

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