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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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UN Secretary-General Re-occupies Renovated, Eco-Friendly Offices [viewed]

17 December 2012: The UN has announced that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has re-occupied his usual office in the Secretariat's Headquarters building in New York, US, which is being renovated to improve its environmental performance. 

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DESA Publishes Guidebook on Green Economy Policies, Experiences [viewed]

December 2012: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has published a guidebook on the green economy, the third in a series, offering insights on governments' strategies for implementing a green economy and overcoming challenges related to financing, institutional arrangements, integration and political leadership.

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Event: Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States [viewed]

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is scheduled to convene from 1-4 September 2014, in Samoa. This UN conference will include a high-level segment to build upon the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) and the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation (MSI), and will identify new challenges for the sustainable development of SIDS. According to UN General Assembly resolution A/67/L.66, "The General Assembly, recalling its resolution 67/207 of 21 December 2012, in which it welcomed the offer of the Government of the Independent State of Samoa to host the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in 2014, decides that the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States shall be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, to be preceded by activities related to the Conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia". In addition, a Partnerships Forum will take place on 30-31 August.  

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NRF Journal Explores Sustainable Development Scenarios [viewed]

November 2012: Natural Resources Forum (NRF) has issued a special section on sustainable development scenarios. NRF is a quarterly journal published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Division for Sustainable Development (DSD).

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Secretary-General's Report and Briefing Provide Update on Oceans Compact [viewed]

12 November 2012: The UN Secretary-General's Oceans Compact was the subject of a briefing held on 12 November 2012, in New York, US. The briefing was hosted by Achim Steiner, Chair of the High-level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and Patricia O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs.

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UNGA Second Committee Discusses Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

9 November 2012: The 67th Session of the UN General Assembly Second Committee convened a two-day dialogue on disaster risk reduction (DRR).  According to the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), many states made reference to the need for sustainable development to be approached holistically, incorporating DRR.

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UNISDR, UNESCO Convene Retreat on Post-Hyogo Disaster Framework [viewed]

19 November 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) convened a two-day UN High-Level Retreat to initiate work on a UN strategic plan for disaster risk reduction. Attended by representatives from 20 UN agencies, the Retreat was held from 19-20 November, in Paris, France.

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