Publication

2011 Human Development Report Focuses on Sustainability and Equity [viewed]

2 November 2011: The 2011 Human Development Report, titled "Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All,” highlights that equity and sustainability are inextricably linked. It notes that, if bold actions are not taken, environmental damage, including climate change effects, can slow or reverse development progress made in recent years. 

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UN Secretary-General Presents Vision Statement on “Sustainable Energy for All," Announces Membership of High-Level Group [viewed]

1 November 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon formally launched his High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) and the related SE4ALL initiative, presenting his Vision Statement on the initiative and announcing the membership of the High-level Group. The Group will be responsible for mobilizing action by all stakeholders on energy access and energy poverty.

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UNDP Releases Guide on Climate-Proofing Infrastructure [viewed]

31 October 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a guide titled "Paving the Way for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure: Guidance for Practitioners and Planners," which aims to help decision makers in developing countries adapt their national public infrastructure to climate change. 

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UNEP Releases Report on Changing Environment – From Rio to Rio+20 [viewed]

1 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled “Keeping Track of Our Changing Environment: From Rio to Rio+20,” which provides comprehensive statistical data illustrating environmental changes to the planet since the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, or Rio Earth Summit), and ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UN Agencies Release Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability Ahead of UNCSD [viewed]

1 November 2011: Several UN entities have issued a Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability, which highlights the role of oceans in sustainable development and offers recommendations ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UNFCCC Publishes Nairobi Work Programme Progress Report [viewed]

28 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/INF.9) on progress made in implementing activities under the Nairobi work programme (NWP) on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. The report provides an overview of the progress made in implementing activities under the NWP since the 34th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA).

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UNFCCC Publishes LEG 20 Meeting Report [viewed]

28 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/SBI/2011/11) of the 20th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), which includes a summary of the status of preparation and implementation of national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs).

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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Protected Areas, Forest Day 5 [viewed]

28 October 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the October edition of its News Update with a selection of stories on: protected area effectiveness; Indonesia's forestry concession ban; interactions between farms and biodiversity; Forest Day 5 at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17 ) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); and the Dry Forests Symposium.

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IEA Report Highlights Renewable Energy Potential in Greece [viewed]

26 October 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report entitled “Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Greece,” which finds that energy policy could be a significant driver of economic recovery in Greece and highlights the country's potential for wind and solar.

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World Bank Institute Climate e-Bulletin Focuses on Durban [viewed]

World Bank20 October 2011: The October edition of the World Bank Institute's Climate Change Practice quarterly e-bulletin presents dialogues with various climate change experts, recorded via videoconference, that are focused on preparations for the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC.

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