UN Secretariat

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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Event: ECOSOC Substantive Session 2011 [viewed]

As decided during the organizational session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for 2011, held 15-18 February 2011 (document E/2011/L.1), the substantive session for 2011 will be held from 4-29 July in Geneva, Switzerland, as follows: high-level segment from 4-8 July; dialogue with the Executive Secretaries of the Regional Commissions on 8 July; coordination segment from 11–14 July; operational activities segment from 14-18 July; humanitarian affairs segment from 19-21 July; general segment from 22-28 July; and closing of the session on 29 July.  

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Informal Geneva Green Group Formed [viewed]

20 December 2010: UN Greening the Blue has reported that an informal Geneva Green Group was formed, gathering staff at Geneva-based UN organizations interested in getting involved in activities carried out in support of “greening the UN.”

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Event: LDC-IV Preparatory Committee - Second Session [viewed]

This is the second session of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV).  

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Event: LDC-IV Preparatory Committee - First Session [viewed]

This is the first session of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV). The provisional agenda is contained in document A/CONF.219/IPC/1/Rev.1.  

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DSD/DESA Announces Special Journal Issue on Transport [viewed]

November 2010: The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) has announced that the November 2010 special issue on transport of Natural Resources Forum, a United Nations Sustainable Development Journal has been published.

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Coordinator of High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing Briefs UN Delegates [viewed]

23 November 2010: An informal meeting of the plenary of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) took place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 23 November 2010, to hear a briefing by Daniele Violetti, Coordinator of the Secretariat for the Secretary-General's High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, on the Group's final report.

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UN Secretary-General Discusses Areas for Agreement [viewed]

22 November 2010: In his address to the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted deforestation, adaptation, technology, capacity building and the future of the Kyoto Protocol as areas that are "ripe for agreement."

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