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World Water Day Celebrates Water Cooperation [viewed]

22 March 2013: This year's edition of World Water Day, celebrated on 22 March, was organized around the theme of water cooperation and within the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation. The Day's celebrations were coordinated by UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), for UN-Water.

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First International Day of Forests Celebrated [viewed]

21 March 2013: A number of high-level officials have issued statements in celebration of the first-ever International Day of Forests, including the UN Secretary-General, and the Heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

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ECOWAS, SEAD Start Activities under Partnership for Energy Efficiency Appliance Standards [viewed]

14 March 2013: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative have begun implementing activities under a partnership to develop a regional system of energy efficiency standards and labels for appliances.

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UN Global Compact Bulletin Highlights Local Networks, Advisor on Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

March 2013: Among other events and activities, the latest issue of the UN Global Compact Bulletin: highlights the annual regional meeting of Global Compact Local Networks from Africa and the Middle East, held from 11-13 February 2013, in Nairobi, Kenya; outlines updates to align the Advanced Communication on Progress (COP) requirements with the Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership; and announces the appointment of Special Advisors.

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Population Consultation Calls for Comment on Leaders' Document [viewed]

26 February 2013: The co-leaders of the online consultations on population dynamics in the post-2015 development agenda have called for public comment on a draft outcome document to be considered at the high-level Global Thematic Consultation on Population Dynamics, convening in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 12-13 March 2013.

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UNGA Session on Water and Disasters Stresses Need to Address Climate Change [viewed]

6 March 2013: Addressing the Special Thematic Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Water and Disasters, convened by the UN Secretary-General, the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) and the High Level Expert Panel on Water and Disaster (HLEP/UNSGAB), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the need to reach a “global, legally binding climate change agreement by 2015.”

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SE4ALL Video Calls for Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency [viewed]

27 February 2013: As part of the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), the UN has released a public service announcement video on CNN International and YouTube featuring former US Vice President Al Gore, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, and Director General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All, Kandeh Yumkella.

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SE4ALL Newsletter Highlights IRENA Support for SE4ALL Initiative [viewed]

February 2013: The January 2013 newsletter of the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative highlights outcomes of the January meeting of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and updates on SE4ALL initiatives and collaborations.

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General Assembly Launches International Year of Quinoa [viewed]

20 February 2013: The UN General Assembly launched the International Year of Quinoa with a High-Level Panel discussion during its plenary at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Bolivian President Evo Morales and First Lady of Peru Nadine Heredia participated in the launch, which will be celebrated under the theme "A future sown thousands of years ago." 

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UN Global Compact Special Advisor on Sustainable Development Appointed [viewed]

Brice Lalonde, former Executive Coordinator, UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20)15 February 2013: The UN Global Compact has appointed Brice Lalonde (France) as Special Advisor on Sustainable Development. He will work with the Global Compact Office to develop close relationships and opportunities for collaboration with governments and other stakeholders on sustainable development and follow-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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