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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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UN Secretary-General Warns Against the “Gathering Threat of Climate Change” [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General11 February 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered the Sorensen Distinguished Lecture on the UN at the Council on Foreign Relations, focusing on the crisis in Syria and the "threat of climate catastrophe." He noted that science has "long sounded the alarm" on “the gathering threat of climate change,” warning against projected increases of extreme weather events, development reversals, forced displacements, and tensions over resources.

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Global Compact Bulletin Highlights Private Sector Solutions in Post-2015 [viewed]

February 2013: The latest issue of the UN Global Compact Bulletin highlights the completion of the pilot phase of Global Compact LEAD, which was launched in 2011. Private sector executives met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum (WEF), to mark the next phase of the corporate sustainability leadership platform. 

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REN21 Newsletter Highlights Publications Launched at ADIREC 2013, Upcoming Events and Partner News [viewed]

REN218 February 2013: The February 2013 edition of the newsletter of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) highlights the launch of the REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report (GFR) and the Executive Summary of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Status Report, while also reporting on activities from REN21 partner organizations. 

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