1.3 billion people have no electricity and 2.7 billion people do not have clean and safe access to energy for cooking. This means that around 40% of the world’s population breathe in toxic smoke created when burning charcoal, wood, coal or animal waste to cook their food.
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Sumaya Zakieldeen, the Least Developed Countries representative to the Adaptation Committee under the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Framework, on how she sees her role going forward.
The latest ‘provocation’ from IIED and Hivos, held in The Hague last week (24 May), began by asking what the development community can do to support rural youth. And for consultant Felicity Proctor, the answer is clear: “we need to move from agriculture and talking about food security and productivity to enterprise, business and a decent living for many of the rural populations.”
Working closely with partners in Brazil and elsewhere, IIED hosted an information-sharing event on the 16 and 17 June. Fair ideas opened up a space for researchers and practitioners working for a greener, fairer world to add important knowledge, experience and momentum to the official summit.
IIED’s Human Settlements Programme has been working on urban environmental issues since the mid-1970s. Both our topics and our ways of working are informed by our poverty focus. People on very low incomes, living in slums or squatter settlements, tend to be the most vulnerable to all three types of environmental burdens, but are particularly susceptible to the local environmental hazards in and around their home.
Much of the work on urban poverty in the last five years has involved drawing on the knowledge and practical experience of Asian, Latin American and African NGO staff. This includes critical thinking about the nature of urban poverty, its underlying causes and the most effective ways of addressing it, based on practical experiences
For the majority of policies, people and their activities are classed as either ‘rural’ or ‘urban’. However, the links between rural and urban locations, people and activities are key components of livelihoods and local economies; they are also engines of economic, social and cultural transformations.
Rural-urban interactions can be defined as linkages across space (such as flows of people, goods, money, information and wastes) and linkages between sectors (for example, between agriculture and services and manufacturing). In broad terms, they also include 'rural' activities taking place in urban centres (such as urban agriculture) and activities often classified as 'urban' (such as manufacturing and services) taking place in rural settlements.
Sustainable development has “gotten stuck over the past 20 years” and the internal UN Commission on Sustainable development “hasn’t provided the framework” needed to track and accelerate environmental governance says Achim Steiner, the under-secretary general of the United Nations and executive director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). During a recent visit to IIED, he outlined what he would like to see come out of Rio+20 in order to set the planet on a more sustainable future course.
16-17 de junho de 2012
Trabalhando em colaboração com parceiros no Brasil e em outros países, o IIED organizará um evento para partilhar informações no dia 16 e 17 de Junho. Ideias Justas fornecerá um espaço para pesquisadores e profissionais que trabalham por um mundo mais verde e mais justo, a fim de adicionar à Cúpula oficial importante conhecimento, experiência e impulso.
Summary of the different field site projects to see how communities living in different ecosystems have adapted to climate change. Information includes locations, topics covered and organisations running the field visits.
In recent years, the demand for speciality and conservation seeds has risen - yet at the same time the survival of local varieties and biodiversity have also been threatened by strict European Union rules on the marketing of seeds, the
IIED’s Caspian Energy Initiative aims to promote transparency and good governance in the energy sector. We have just completed the latest phase of this initiative – a series of dialogues in Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.
Based in Hanoi, Vietnam from 16 - 22 April 2012, the Sixth International Conference on Community-based Adaptation (CBA6) includes three days of field visits to projects to see how communities living in different ecosystems have adapted to climate change, and three and a half days of interactive discussions on different thematic areas in Hanoi.
Mobile lectures, a mock newsroom tussle between journalists competing for their editor’s attention, and imagining a day in the life of policymakers and poor farmers were just some of the innovative elements of two workshops on climate change communication run by IIED in Zimbabwe in February 2011.