UN Secretariat

DESA Highlights Importance of Affordable Transport for Achieving MGDs [viewed]

May 2010: The monthly newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) features an article on the role of affordable transport in achieving sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs).

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SIDS Day at CSD 18 Discusses Implementation of the Mauritius Strategy [viewed]

10 May 2010: On 10 May 2010, delegates at the 18th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 18) considered the CSD 18 thematic topics as they relate to small island developing States (SIDS) and conducted a review of the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Implementation (MSI) of the Barbados Plan of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS (PrepCom for MSI+5).

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UN Secretary-General and Bolivian President Morales Discuss Recent Conference [viewed]

7 May 2010: The UN Secretary-General recently met with Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma and representatives from civil society organizations that participated in the People's World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, which convened in Cochabamba, Bolivia, from 19-22 April 2010.

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CSD 18 Commences Review of Transport, Chemicals, Waste Management, Mining and Sustainable Consumption and Production [viewed]

3 May 2010: The 18th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 18) is meeting in New York, US, to consider the thematic cluster of transport, chemicals, waste management, mining, and the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns (SCP).

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UNPFII 9 Calls for Development Models Based on Indigenous Values, Cultures and Identities [viewed]

30 April 2010: The ninth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which convened from 19-30 April 2010, at  UN Headquarters in New York, US, considered economic and social issues and their impacts, including the financial crisis, climate change, forests and the actions of multinational corporations, among other issues.

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Report of the Secretary-General's Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change Launched [viewed]

28 April 2010: The report of the Secretary-General's Adivsory Group on Energy and Climate Change was launched on 28 April 2010. According to the report, would be possible to provide universal access to modern energy services by 2030 without significantly increasing greenhouse gas emissions, by scaling up renewable energy and other low-emission technologies. 

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UNESCO's “Climate Frontlines” Forum Discusses the Impact of Frozen Pastures on Herding Communities [viewed]

26 April 2010: The latest issue of “Climate Frontlines,” a global forum on the internet for indigenous peoples, small islands and vulnerable communities sponsored by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), features an article on the growing role of climate change in accelerating desertification and accentuating winter conditions for herding communities.

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UNPFII Considers Reports on Climate Change Policies [viewed]

26 April 2010: The Ninth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is taking place in New York, US, from 19-30 April 2010, around the theme “Development with Culture and Identity.” In his opening statement, Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, underlined that indigenous cultures, languages and ways of life are under constant threat from climate change, armed conflict, lack of educational opportunities and discrimination.

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UN Humanitarian Chief and WFP Focus on West African Food Crisis [viewed]

26 April 2010: UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Josette Sheeran has indicated that the intense droughts in Niger are escalating the humanitarian crisis and contributing to mass migration from rural to urban areas as well as to neighboring countries. She has announced that WFP will step up its aid to support 2.3 million people, particularly pregnant women and children, in the arid eastern Sahel region.

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UNEP, UN Global Compact and WWF Co-Host B4E Summit [viewed]

26 April 2010: The UN Business for the Environment Global Summit (B4E Summit) took place in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 21-23 April 2010. The goal of the meeting was to consider the outcome of the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) of the UNFCCC and discuss the role of business in realizing a low carbon future.

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