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UNGA Holds Debate on LDC Financing [viewed]

11 March 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held a day-long debate on 11 March 2011, in New York, US, on investment and financing for least developed countries (LDCs), with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighting that those countries need more and better targeted support from the outside in order to build their manufacturing and services sectors, and to mitigate the impact of climate change.

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UN Convenes Fourth Meeting of the IMG on Sustainability Management [viewed]

11 March 2011: The UN has convened the fourth meeting of the Issue Management Group (IMG) on Sustainability Management. The online meeting took place on 10 March 2011, during which the over 20 participants discussed the UN Climate Neutral Strategy and sustainability management of the UN more broadly.

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CSD Preparatory Meeting Addresses Climate, SIDS and Transport Issues [viewed]

4 March 2011: The Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the 19th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 19) took place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 28 February-4 March 2011.

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Report on Agroecology Highlights Climate Change Adaptation Benefits [viewed]

8 March 2011: The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, presented a report titled "Agroecology and the right to food" (A/HRC/16/49) to the 16th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on 8 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Pacific Ministerial Conference on Climate Change [viewed]

4 March 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged UN support to help Pacific Island States reduce climate risks and respond to climate impacts, in a message to the High Level Regional Conference on climate change in the Pacific, held in Port Vila, Vanuatu, on 4 March 2011.

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Andorra Ratifies UNFCCC [viewed]

2 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the Government of Andorra has deposited its instrument of ratification of the UNFCCC wtih the UN Secretary-General, who serves as the Depositary of the Convention.

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CSD Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting Addresses SIDS Issues [viewed]

28 February 2011: Addressing the opening session of the week-long Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the Commission on Sustainable Development's (CSD) 19th session, Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, underscored that the effects of the global energy crisis, the ongoing food crisis, freshwater scarcity and the “overwhelming impact” of climate change continue to be challenges.

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Event: Meeting of UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) [viewed]

This meeting will convene in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss issues relating to biodiversity, among others. The CEB meets twice a year and brings together the Heads of 27 UN system organizations (15 specialized agencies, 10 UN Funds and Programmes, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO)) under the chairmanship of the UN Secretary-General.  

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UN DESA Releases Journal Highlighting Work on Islands, Biofuels and Transport [viewed]

February 2011: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) has released the latest edition of its journal titled “Natural Resources Forum: A United Nations Sustainable Development Journal” (Volume 35, Issue 1), with articles on water governance, atoll livelihoods, Brazilian ethanol policy, sustainable transport and corruption in Africa, highway emissions projections for India, and opinions on the usefulness of the concept of a green economy.

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UN Stresses Need for Humanitarian Actions to Improve Preparedness and Resilience [viewed]

17 February 2011: Valerie Amos, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, called for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and recovery to be "integrated into humanitarian action to improve preparedness and enhance resilience" of populations. Amos was speaking at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 17 February 2011.

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