UN Secretariat

Event: First PrepCom for UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) [viewed]

The UN General Assembly, in December 2009, adopted a resolution calling for a UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) to be convened in Brazil in 2012 (also referred to as Rio+20). The resolution established the dates for the preparatory committees leading to the event, and indicates the event should be focused on: a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and the institutional framework for sustainable development.  

read more »

Event: CSD 18 SIDS Special Day [viewed]

CSD-18 SIDS Day will serve as a PrepCom for the High-level Review of the Mauritius Strategy for the Implementation (MSI) of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which is scheduled to take place in September 2010.  

read more »

Event: CSD 18 [viewed]

This review-year session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) will evaluate progress and identify constraints to implementing the issues on the thematic cluster for the CSD 18-19 cycle: transport, chemicals, waste management, mining and the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (SCP).  

read more »

Event: UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) [viewed]

This meeting is also referred to as Rio+20. The UN General Assembly, in December 2009, adopted a resolution calling for a UNCSD to be convened in Brazil in 2012. This meeting will mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), which convened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The General Assembly resolution specifies that a three-day PrepCom should convene in May 2010, a two-day PrepCom should convene in February-March 2011, and a three-day PrepCom should convene immediately before UNCSD. On 4 November 2011, Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, announced a proposal to change the dates to 13-15 June 2012 for PrepCom III and 20-22 June 2012 for the UNCSD, in order to allow for highest-level participation. The previously scheduled dates were 28-30 May 2012 for PrepCom III and 4-6 June 2012 for the UNCSD.  

read more »

UN Secretary-General to the Unity Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean: “Climate Change Remains a Clear and Present Danger” [viewed]

22 February 2010: At the Unity Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean, which convened in Cancun, Mexico, Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), delivered a message on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noting that climate change is a “major inter-connected challenge.”

read more »

ECLAC Regional Coordination Mechanism Discusses MDGs, Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

18 February 2010: The Regional Coordination Mechanism for Latin America and the Caribbean of the UN system met in Mexico City, Mexico, to discuss the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), climate change, the political situation in the region, and the UN's contribution to regional cooperation.

read more »

Short Video of Grenada Highlights Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

16 February 2010: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), in collaboration with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) and UN-TV, are producing a series of short films to highlight the challenges faced by small island developing States (SIDS).

read more »

UN Secretary-General Launches High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing [viewed]

12 February 2010: During a press conference held on 12 February 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched aHigh-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing. The Group will seek to mobilize the financial resources for climate change that were pledged at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.

read more »

UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation Releases Hashimoto Action Plan II [viewed]

9 February 2010: The UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) has released the Hashimoto Action Plan II (HAP II), which aims to motivate, convene and galvanize its partners to achieve the water-related Millennium Development Goals over the next three years in five key areas: financing; sanitation; monitoring and reporting; integrated water resources management (IWRM); and water and disaster.

read more »

UNDESA Report on Poverty Reduction Highlights Risks from Climate Change [viewed]

February 2010: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) has released a report titled "Rethinking Poverty: Report on the World Social Situation 2010," which aims to contribute to rethinking poverty and its eradication.

read more »