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DESA News Highlights UNCSD Intersessional II, Second Committee Conclusion [viewed]

January 2012: The latest issue of "DESA News," the newsletter from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, features two recent developments related to sustainable development: the Second Intersessional Meeting of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and the conclusion of the work of the 66th UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee.

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Assessing 66th Session, UNGA President Highlights Disaster Readiness, Sustainable Development [viewed]

31 December 2011: Closing the main part of the 66th UN General Assembly (UNGA), President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser outlined significant developments during his tenure. At a press conference on 22 December, he described the preceding three months as “among the most exciting of my two-decade experience of diplomatic service." He highlighted upcoming events and called for support for the Assembly's work in 2012, which will include disaster readiness and sustainable development.

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ECOSOC Hears Calls for Greater Regional Cooperation in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

7 December 2011: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Annual Ministerial Review Regional Preparatory meeting for Asia and the Pacific has heard calls for greater regional cooperation in order to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The meeting convened in Kyoto, Japan, on 7 December 2011.

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Adaptation Roundtable Highlights Need to Translate Science into Practical Action [viewed]

7 December 2011: Speaking at the "High-level Dialogue and Adaptation Roundtable: Global Sustainability in a Changing Climate," Margareta Wahlström, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Reduction and Head of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), stressed the need to “translate the best science on climate change into practical action."

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UNGA Adopts Resolution on Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

6 December 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution on sustainable fisheries, which expresses concern over the current and projected negative impacts of climate change on the world's food security. The resolution ( A/66/L.22), adopted under the agenda item on Oceans and the law of the sea, underlines the urgent need for action in efforts to sustainably manage oceans and marine ecosystems.

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Second Committee Adopts Draft Resolution on Global Climate [viewed]

UN logo22 November 2011: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee has adopted a draft resolution on the “protection of global climate for present and future generations of humankind” (A/C.2/66/L.58). The decision was taken on 22 November 2011, under the UNGA's agenda item on sustainable development.

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UNGA Reduces Paper Consumption [viewed]

UN logo28 November 2011: The UN Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM) has announced the introduction of digital press and book binder, which has enabled DGACM to print on demand, reduce costs and save paper.

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UN Security Council Debates Climate Change as Threat to Peace and Security [viewed]

UN Security Council23 November 2011: Addressing the UN Security Council debate on international peace and security, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cited organized crime, pandemics and the effects of climate change as "daunting challenges" to the maintenance of international peace and security.

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UNGA Second Committee Approves Draft Resolutions on Climate Change, Mountain Development [viewed]

UN logo22 November 2011: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted without a vote 12 draft resolutions addressing, inter alia, the protection of global climate and sustainable mountain development.

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IPCC 34 Focuses on Workstreams, Accepts SREX Summary [viewed]

The view from the aisle during the opening of the session, with IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri addressing the plenary.19 November 2011: The 34th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) focused primarily on the workstreams resulting from the consideration of the InterAcademy Council (IAC) Review of the IPCC processes and procedures, namely those on procedures, conflict of interest policy, and communications strategy.

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