UN Secretariat

UNEP and UNOPS Develop Sustainable Vehicles Procurement Guidelines [viewed]

25 January 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) have cooperated with Fleet Forum to develop guidelines on sustainable procurement of vehicles for the UN.

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OCHA Releases Humanitarian Agenda for 2011 [viewed]

21 January 2011: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced its agenda for 2011 to member States at a meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, US, focusing on the pressing challenges will make humanitarian operations more complex, namely climate change, mounting natural disasters, the vulnerability of aid workers in conflict areas, and the reduction of financial resources due to the economic crisis.

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New ECOSOC President Outlines 2011 Agenda [viewed]

18 January 2010: In his inaugural speech, the new President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Lazarous Kapambwe (Zambia), outlined his priorities for the Council in the coming year, including accelerating the review, coordination and implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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UN Launches World Economic Situation and Prospects 2011 [viewed]

18 January 2011: The UN launched a report titled "World Economic Situation and Prospects 2011," which provides that fiscal policies, in tandem with income and structural policies, will need to be reoriented to foster job creation and green growth.

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World Future Energy Summit 2011 Opens [viewed]

17 January 2011: The fourth World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2011 opened in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on 17 January 2011. The first day of this four-day event was organized around the theme “Policy and Strategy Forum,” and comprised opening statements from HE Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO Masdar, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Heads of State and other dignitaries, followed by special addresses and ministerial panels.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Young Future Energy Leaders [viewed]

17 January 2011: Addressing the Young Future Energy Leaders in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), during a side event for the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the role of Young Energy Leaders in ensuring a sustainable future.

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Sustainable Development Leads UN Secretary-General's 2011 Priorities [viewed]

14 January 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon identified his priorities for 2011 during an address to the UN General Assembly on 14 January 2011. He highlighted action on inclusive and sustainable development as the first of eight priorities, and climate change mitigation and mitigation as the second priority.

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Argentina Takes Over Group of 77 Chairmanship [viewed]

12 January 2011: Speaking at a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York, US, marking the handover from Yemen to Argentina of the chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China (G77/China), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that important trends "continue to shape our shared efforts to combat poverty and ensure prosperity for all."

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Photography Exhibition on Polar Regions Opens at UN Headquarters [viewed]

12 January 2011: A joint photography exhibition by two Swedish photographers opened at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 12 January 2011. “Once Upon a Time … in Antarctica,” by Stig Gustafsson, presents Antarctica's animal life and landscapes, dry valleys, glaciers and ice floes, and “Gateway to the Arctic,” by Jens Thuresson, presents images from the northern polar region.

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Event: Interactive Dialogue between UN General Assembly and Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability [viewed]

The informal interactive dialogue with the co-Chairs of the GSP, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa and President Tarja Halonen of Finland, will take place on 16 March. It is being organized by the President of the UN General Assembly (GA). President Joseph Deiss announced the event to member States' representatives at the UN in this letter, providing background and the Programme for the dialogue: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/65/letters/gs250211.pdf.  

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