UN Intergovernmental Body

UNGA to Consider Declaration of Support for the Yasuní-Itt Initiative [viewed]

22 March 2010: The Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN has addressed a letter to the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) dated 8 March 2010, which contains theDeclaration of Support for the Yasuní-Itt Initiative. The Declaration was adopted at the first Latin American and Caribbean Unity Summit, held in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico, on 22-23 February 2010. The letter and annex will be circulated as a document of the General Assembly, under agenda item 53 (d) (Sustainable development: protection of global climate for present and future generations).

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UN Secretary-General's Report for Rio+20 Preparatory Committee Released [viewed]

1 April 2010: The UN Secretary-General's report on "Progress to date and remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits in the area of sustainable development and analysis of the themes for the Conference" (A/CONF.216/PC/2) has been released in preparation for the 17-19 May 2010 Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, which will meet in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, in 2012 (Rio+20).

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Fifth World Urban Forum Concludes [viewed]

26 March 2010: World Urban Forum 5, which took place from 22-26 March in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, under the theme "The Right to the City: Bridging the Urban Divide," was hosted by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the Government of Brazil. The event gathered a record of over 13,700 participants from 150 countries to discuss issues related to the sustainability of cities in the context of rapid urbanization, and a changing climate and environment.

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Adaptation Fund Board Holds Ninth Meeting [viewed]

25 March 2010: The Adaptation Fund Board held its ninth meeting from 23-25 March 2010, in Bonn, Germany, during which it decided to start financing concrete climate change adaptation projects and issued a call to parties to submit project proposals.

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Financing for Development Dialogue Discusses Monterrey Consensus and Doha Declaration [viewed]

24 March 2010: The Fourth UN High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development, which convened in New York, US, on 23-24 March 2010, focused on “The Monterrey Consensus and Doha Declaration on Financing for Development: Status of Implementation and Tasks Ahead.” The High-level Dialogue was organized in the lead up to the forthcoming high level review on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), scheduled to take place in September this year at the same venue.

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IPCC Completes Nomination Process for AR5 [viewed]

24 March 2010: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has announced the completion of the nomination process for the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).  Over 3000 experts were nominated by IPCC national focal points and observer organizations. The Report, scheduled to be finalized in 2013-2014, will be the next comprehensive assessment of scientific information on climate change by the IPCC.

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UN General Assembly Holds High-Level Dialogue on Water [viewed]

22 March 2010: To mark World Water Day, the UN General Assembly held a High-Level Dialogue on the implementation of the International Decade for Action on “Water for Life” 2005-2015, and the realization of the internationally agreed water-related development goals. The Dialogue was held on 22 March 2010, and was organized around panels on: Water and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); Water, Climate Change and Disasters; and Water and Peace and Security.

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ECOSOC Holds Special High-Level Meeting [viewed]

19 March 2010: A Special high-level meeting of UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), took place on 18-19 March 2010, in New York, US, under the theme “Building on Monterrey and Doha: towards achieving the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals.” During the meeting, participants highlighted climate change as a pressing challenge for international financial institutions.

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UN Human Rights Council Considers Report on Right to Food [viewed]

16 March 2010: The Human Rights Council Advisory Committee presented a "Preliminary study on discrimination in the context of the right to food" (A/HRC/13/32) for consideration by the 13th session of the UN Human Rights Council, which is meeting from 1-26 March 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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InterAcademy Council to Review the IPCC's Processes and Procedures [viewed]

10 March 2010: At a press conference held on10 March 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US,UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chair Rajendra Pachauri launched an Independent Review of the IPCC's processes and procedures.

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