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UN Greening the Blue Announces CO2 Balloon Launch [viewed]

31 January 2011: The UN Greening the Blue Campaign has announced that a 10-meter-high balloon has been launched outside of UN Headquarters in New York, US, in an effort to draw attention to the quantities of carbon dioxide produced per person, per year.

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UNRISD Releases Film on the Social Dimensions of the Green Economy [viewed]

5 January 2012: The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) has released a short film titled "Green Economy and Sustainable Development: Bringing Back the Social," which explores the green economy's potential as a path to inclusive, sustainable development and poverty eradication.

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WEF Addresses Energy Poverty, Rio+20 [viewed]

30 January 2012: The World Economic Forum (WEF) held its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, from 25-29 January 2012, gathering industry, business, government and other world leaders to discuss current issues. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participated in two panels, on ending energy poverty and on the perspectives for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), warning “we cannot build a green economy on the backs of the poorest and most vulnerable people.”

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GSP Report Calls for Making Social and Environmental Costs Transparent [viewed]

30 January 2012: The UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) has released its final report, titled “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing.” The report's 56 recommendations seek to mainstream sustainable development into economic policy, by integrating social and environmental costs into pricing and measuring of economic activities.

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UN Staff Supports Removing Bottled Water from Canteens [viewed]

27 January 2012: The UN Greening the Blue Campaign has released the results of its staff survey, with 78% of respondents reported to have indicated that staff canteens in UN offices should not sell bottled water.

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Inter-agency Report Focuses on the Green Economy in Marine Sectors [viewed]

25 January 2012: An inter-agency report, titled "Green Economy in a Blue World," concludes that the ecological health and economic productivity of marine and coastal ecosystems can be enhanced from well-managed marine sectors.

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UN Secretary-General Outlines "The Future We Want" [viewed]

25 January 2012: In a statement titled, “The Future We Want” delivered at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined his plans for action over the next five years. He underscored sustainable development as first in his list of “five generational opportunities to creatively deliver on our core mission." His vision for advancing on sustainable development includes making progress on climate change, sustainable energy, and empowerment of women.

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Fifth World Future Energy Summit Convenes Renewable Energy and Environment Industry Leaders [viewed]

World Future Energy Summit 201219 January 2012: The Fifth World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2012 was convened around a high-level segment focusing on policy and strategy, and three forums on: business and policy; technology and innovation; and finance and regulation. 

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Global Bioenergy Partnership Publishes Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy [viewed]

16 January 2012:  The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) has published a report titled "The Global Bioenergy Partnership Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy," which represents the first global, government-level consensus on sustainability indicators for bioenergy. 

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UN Secretary-General Launches International Year of Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

16 January 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All during his address to the opening ceremony of the fifth World Future Energy Summit (WFES), stressing the need to end energy poverty to ensure equal opportunities.

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