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UN Secretary-General Addresses the Challenges of Sustainable Development and Equality [viewed]

15 February 2011: Addressing students and faculty at the University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon listed the "sweeping changes in the global landscape," highlighting "disasters striking with greater force" and "the impacts of climate change growing ever clearer."

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Security Council Debates Links Between Security and Development [viewed]

11 February 2011: Opening a UN Security Council debate on the links between security and development at the UN Headquarters in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a greater focus on the climate change - security - development nexus.

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Event: Poverty and Climate Change: Voices from Government, the Grassroots and NGOs [viewed]

This side event is organized by the Working Group on Poverty and Climate Change, NGO Subcommittee on Poverty Eradication, at the margins of the 49th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSD). The event will be moderated by Deirdre Mullan. Panelists include Ambassador Donatus St. Aimee (Saint Lucia), who will speak on ‘The Effect of Climate Change on Small Island States'; Leena Kumari (India) on ‘The Effect of Climate Change on Vulnerable Populations'; and Anita Wenden from the Working Group on Climate Change and Poverty.  

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UN General Assembly Holds Disaster Reduction Debate [viewed]

9 February 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) convened a one-day thematic debate on disaster risk reduction (DRR) on 9 February 2011, in New York, US, which included two panels on "invest today for a safer tomorrow," and "addressing the challenges of disaster risk in urban settings."

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UNFF 9 Adopts Resolution on Forests for People, Livelihoods and Poverty Eradication [viewed]

4 February 2011: The ninth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 9), which focused on the theme “Forests for people, livelihoods and poverty eradication,” convened from 24 January-4 February 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and brought together over 700 participants to address: the International Year of Forests (Forests 2011); forests for people, livelihoods and poverty eradication; and means of implementation for sustainable forest management (SFM).

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AU Summit Focuses on Unity and Integration through Shared Values [viewed]

31 January 2011: The 16th Summit of the African Union (AU), which took place from 24-31 January 2011, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the theme "Towards greater unity and integration through shared values," considered, among other pressing issues, the impact of climate change and international cooperation.

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UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Visits East Africa [viewed]

1 February 2011: During an official three-day visit to Kenya and Somalia, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos noted that Kenya's humanitarian challenges, caused by drought and rapid urbanization, can be addressed by sustainable recovery of livelihoods and restoring local coping mechanisms to deal with climate change-induced disasters.

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UN Secretary-General at AU Summit: "The World Can Meet its Environmental Challenge" [viewed]

30 January 2011: Speaking at a side event on “Drylands and Pastoral Populations” held during the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that, although the first Earth Summit had provided vision for achieving the economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainable development, the world has yet to see comprehensive, coherent action and results on climate change, desertification and biodiversity.

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World Economic Forum Leaders Discuss Green Growth [viewed]

28 January 2010: The 41st World Economic Forum Annual Meeting was held in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from 24-28 January 2010, gathering over 2,500 leaders from industry, government, international organizations, academia and civil society. Discussions focused on green growth, climate change and the water-food-energy nexus.

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UN Secretary-General Launches Global Compact LEAD [viewed]

28 January 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a group of chief executives launched "Global Compact LEAD," a new platform created by the UN Global Compact to enhance environmental, social and governance performance and set a new benchmark for corporate sustainability, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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