Announcement / Statement

Businesses Gather for Summit on Sustainable Growth [viewed]

14 February 2012: KPMG International, in cooperation with the UN Global Compact, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), hosted a Summit on the Business Perspective for Sustainable Growth, at which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for business leaders' support in achieving “critical mass” for corporate sustainability.

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UNEP Names World Environment Day Host [viewed]

World Environment Day 201222 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that Brazil will host World Environment Day 2012, under the theme “Green Economy: Does it include you?” World Environment Day, which is celebrated annually on 5 June, will take place a few weeks before the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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GCSS-12/GMEF Strives for Climate Neutrality [viewed]

Federico Ramos de Armas, (Spain), President of the Governing Council, gaveled the meeting to a close at 7:25pm.22 February 2012: The 12th Special Session of UNEP's Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-12 /GMEF) took place at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), Kenya, from 20-22 February 2012. The ministerial consultations during the 12th Special Session focused on emerging policy issues under the overall theme of “The environmental agenda in the changing world: From Stockholm (1972) to Rio (2012).”

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UNCCD Calls for Applications for Advisory Group on Impact Indicators [viewed]

UNCCD1 March 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Conference to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched a call inviting applications from experts to act as members of the ad hoc Advisory Group of Technical Experts  for Impact Indicator Refinement.

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IEA Executive Director Says Energy Efficiency Progress Needed to Achieve Energy Security, Climate Change Goals [viewed]

IEA29 February 2012: Speaking in Mexico City at an International Seminar on the theme “The Future of Energy,” Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA), noted that improving energy efficiency is the quickest and cheapest way to address energy security, as well as environmental and economic challenges.

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New UN Deputy Secretary-General Selected [viewed]

2 March 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that Jan Eliasson (Sweden), a veteran in the fields of diplomacy and foreign relations, has been appointed UN Deputy Secretary-General, and will take over from Asha-Rose Migiro (Tanzania) effective 1 July 2012.

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CDM Executive Board Calls for Inputs [viewed]

5 March 2012: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board has launched five calls for public inputs on various matters. The calls were launched following the 66th meeting of the Board, during which it agreed to seek public inputs on specific issues relating to the operation of the CDM.

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CGIAR Consortium Attains International Organization Status [viewed]

2 March 2012: In a move that further strengthens its ability to fight hunger globally, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium was officially granted status as an International Organization on 2 March 2012.

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UNWTO Announces World Tourism Day Theme: Tourism and Sustainable Energy [viewed]

8 March 2012: The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced that World Tourism Day celebrations will be held on 27 September, under the theme of “Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development.”

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Outlines Implications of Durban [viewed]

9 March 2012: Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, delivered a lecture on the theme "Implications of the Durban outcome for enhancing action on climate change on the ground towards a more sustainable future," at an event organized by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in London, UK.

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