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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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Event: Seventh Regional EST Forum in Asia and Global Consultation on Sustainable Transport in the Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

The integrated event of Seventh Regional EST Forum in Asia and Global Consultation on Sustainable Transport in the post-2015 Development Agenda will be held on 23‐25 April 2013 in Bali, Indonesia. The Regional EST Forum, under the theme of “Next Generation Transport System We Want for 21st Century~ Looking Beyond Rio+20”, will discuss and share the progress and achievements made by the countries towards achieving the goals under the Bangkok 2020 Declarations and will address EST in the context of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) outcome ‐ "The Future We Want". The Seventh EST Forum is expected to address, inter alia: EST in the Context of Rio+20 outcome and the post-2015 development agenda; Non‐Motorized Transport (NMT), road safety and social equity; promotion of Public Bicycle Schemes; full Integration of Public Transport Modes; Intelligent Transport System: A Vision of 21st Century Cities; regional connectivity (intra‐region, rural‐urban linkage, etc.) for sustainable development; building resilient transport infrastructure and services through EST Measures; financing Needs of Next Generation Sustainable Transport Systems for the 21st Century; Institutional Arrangements in Realizing Next Generation Sustainable Transport Systems for the 21st Century; Contribution of Railways towards realizing EST and sustainable development in post Rio+20 development; the contribution towards realizing EST in Asia by the Rio+20 $175 billion voluntary commitment for more sustainable transport by eight multilateral development banks as well as other voluntary commitments on sustainable transport; greenways initiative for converting road space into leaner parks and high quality pedestrian areas; and discussion on a Regional Agreement on Green freight in Asia.  

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SLoCaT Reviews Megatrends in Transport and Future Directions [viewed]

31 January 2013: A review document by the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) considers megatrends in transport, the Partnership's effectiveness towards realizing its objectives, and future directions. The review document was prompted by the 2009 Partnership mandate to review progress within three years of its establishment.

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Event: 14th Session of the Informal Consultative Process (ICP 14) [viewed]

The 14th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP) is to carry out an in-depth review of the oceans-related outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and how those outcomes would impact and benefit international coordination and cooperation. The consideration of issues relating to sea-level rises and their impact on security and survival, particularly on low-lying coastal areas and island nations, against the background of sustainable development was also suggested by many delegations at ICP 13. They also proposed another theme for consideration, on aspects of marine scientific research related to sustainable development.  

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UN Secretary-General Outlines Ways to Advance Sustainable Development [viewed]

17 January 2013: In a lecture delivered at Stanford University, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the current state of the world and "the future we must shape together." He outlined three ways to navigate our way through this "Great Transition," namely by advancing sustainable development, helping people meet their aspirations for democracy and dignity, and empowering women and young people.

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Global LEAP Awards Outstanding Off-grid Solar Lighting Products [viewed]

19 December 2012: The Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) has announced the laureates of the Lighting Global Outstanding Product Awards, which recognizes sustainable off-grid solar lighting products for people without access to electricity in developing countries.

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UNDESA Working Paper Highlights Limited Progress on International Cooperation, Sustainable Development [viewed]

November 2012: The UN Division for Sustainable Development (DESA) has released the first issue of its UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Working Paper series, titled “Development cooperation in light of sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Preliminary exploration of the issues.”

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UN Secretary-General Reflects on Progress, Shortfalls in 2012 [viewed]

19 December 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave a press conference reflecting on the year's work, in New York, US, on 19 December 2012. He said the UN has helped to lay foundations for progress on sustainable development, the “top challenge” of the 21st century, including through the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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