UN Programme, Agency or Fund

ILO and OECD Strengthen Cooperation [viewed]

25 May 2011: The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding areas of common interest and activity, including employment, social protection, labor migration, green jobs, occupational safety and health and statistics.

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UN Global Compact Week Focuses on Preparations for Rio+20 [viewed]

20 May 2011: The Global Compact Week, held from 16-20 May 2011, in Copenhagen, Denmark, convened practitioners engaged in the initiative's working groups, issue platforms and Local Networks, providing an opportunity to share experiences across issues and countries. The Week included the first UN Global Compact Annual Meeting, the Annual Local Network Forum and the third annual meeting of Caring for Climate signatories, which addressed the business contribution to global sustainability ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: MEA Information and Knowledge Management Initiative Steering Committee Meeting [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the UN Environment Programme, with the participation of representatives from many multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). The new webportal "InforMEA" will be launched during the meeting, among other agenda items.  

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Event: For Life, for the Future: Biosphere Reserves and Climate Change [viewed]

This conference is held on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme. It is organized by UNESCO-MAB, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation and the German Commission for UNESCO. The conference will bring together high-level political and scientific representatives, both from climate and nature conservation politics, from administration, science and practice from all over the world, including several ministers. The conference will demonstrate how more than 560 UNESCO biosphere reserves in over 100 countries, beyond conserving biodiversity, can contribute to effective climate change mitigation and adaptation. UNESCO biosphere reserves as model regions for sustainable development make available extensive experiences, for example on sustainable land use, green economies, conservation of ecosystem-services, as well as research and education.  

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GEF Council Approves Programme that Includes Great Green Wall Initiative [viewed]

26 May 2011: The 40th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, together with the tenth meeting of the Council of the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), has approved an integrated land-use programme to fund investments to address priorities set by 12 African countries in West Africa and the Sahel.

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UNEP and European Commission Launch Metal Recycling and Decoupling Reports [viewed]

26 May 2011: The European Commission and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have jointly launched reports on metal recycling and decoupling, during Green Week in Brussels, Belgium.

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UN/ISDR Launches Media Handbook on Reporting About Disasters [viewed]

26 May 2011: During the Third Session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) launched a media handbook, titled "Disaster through a Different Lens,” which aims to assist journalists to cover disasters in ways to persuade national and local governments to invest more in disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies. 

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Event: Climate Change and Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: State of Knowledge, Risks and Opportunities [viewed]

This seminar will include presentations covering: animal genetic resources; plant genetic resources; aquatic genetic resources; forest genetic resources; micro-organism genetic resources; and invertebrate genetic resources. Additional discussions will include setting the policy scene, and agriculture biodiversity and climate change. It is organized by the Commission for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  

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Event: UNITAR/WTI Course on Trade and Climate Change [viewed]

This course is organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and World Trade Institute (WTI) as part of their suite of joint e-Learning courses on international trade policy and regulation. The aim of the course is to explore key legal and economic issues arising from the climate change debate, including the relationship between the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) that address climate change. It will also examine the legality under international trade rules, of domestic and international trade measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and measures designed to influence the behavior of trading partners. The course will begin on 20 June, and continue until 15 July.  

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UNDP Supports Hydropower in Tajikistan [viewed]

UNDP25 May 2011: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark has visited a hydropower plant that supplies clean energy to a rural community nearby Dushanble, Tajikistan's capital. UNDP partnered with local communities to repair the mini hydropower plant and install new turbo-generator units, with the aim of contributing to poverty alleviation and raising the living standards in the village.

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