UN Intergovernmental Body

UNGA Debates Incorporating DRR into Rio+20 Outcomes [viewed]

12 April 2012: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, recently held a thematic debate on disaster risk reduction (DRR) focused on: addressing urban risk through public investment; and increasing resilience to disasters through climate adaptation and risk reduction. Participants also attended a side-event on comprehensive action to sustainably reduce vulnerabilities.

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Event: Sixty-seventh Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 67) [viewed]

The 67th regular session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 67) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 18 September 2012, at 3:00 pm. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 25 September. The preliminary list of items to be included in the provisional agenda is contained in document A/67/50. A draft programme of work of the plenary is expected to be issued in July 2012.  

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Event: UN General Assembly Thematic Debate on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

The preparatory process of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) has identified "disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience" as one of the emerging issues in the context of sustainable development. The 66th President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, is convening this debate on addressing disaster risk through public investment decisions. The objective is to support and advance the dialogue already underway on how best to integrate the DRR approach into the Rio+20 outcomes.  

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UNU, IPCC Convene Workshop on Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Mitigation [viewed]

2 April 2012: The UN University (UNU) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) convened a three-day workshop on “Climate Change Mitigation with Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples: Practices, Lessons Learned and Prospects.” Participants examined how mitigation efforts can impact indigenous peoples and local communities, and what barriers exist to their involvement and their capacity to benefit.

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IPCC Releases Full Report on Managing the Risks of Disasters [viewed]

28 March 2012: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its full report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX).

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Event: UNGA-66 Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

Mandated by UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 66/204, this interactive dialogue aims to examine the scientific findings on the impacts of human activities on the functioning the Earth System. It will also explore how human activity has damaged the Earth System, especially by focusing on those areas where such damage has already affected the regenerative capacity of the planet. The dialogue is intended to promote an exchange of ideas and experiences from multiple perspectives, with particular attention to the contribution of science. It is expected to provide an accurate diagnosis of the negative impacts of human activity on the Earth System, and outline institutional responses to catalyze science for sustainable development.  

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UN Secretary-General Presents Summary Report of High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability [viewed]

16 March 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented a summary of the Report of the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability to an informal plenary session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) convened for that purpose. The report, titled “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing,” presents recommendations for eradicating poverty and reducing inequality, while combating climate change.

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ECOSOC Meeting Considers Intersection between Green Growth, Equity and Job Creation [viewed]

13 March 2012: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held a special high-level meeting with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which highlighted the intersection between green growth, equity and job creation.

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Commission on Status of Women Focuses on Empowerment of Rural Women and Role in Sustainable Development [viewed]

CSW5627 February 2012: The 56th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) opened on 27 February, focusing on the theme of empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, and sustainable development.

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Commission for Social Development Adopts Resolution on NEPAD [viewed]

10 February 2012: The 50th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD), which focused on the theme “Poverty Eradication,” concluded with the adoption of seven resolutions, including on the need to mainstream disability in the development agenda and the social dimensions of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

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