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Greening the Blue Website Nominated for Clarion Award [viewed]

14 September 2010: Greening the Blue has been nominated under the "Websites" category by the judges of the International Visual Communications Association (IVCA) Clarion Awards.

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Event: Third Intersessional Meeting for UNCSD [viewed]

As called for at the first PrepCom of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, also called Rio+20), three intersessional meetings will be convened, in addition to three PrepComs, to prepare for the June 2012 UNCSD event. Intersessional III is scheduled for 26-27 March 2012.  

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Event: Third PrepCom for UNCSD [viewed]

The UN General Assembly, in December 2009, adopted a resolution calling for a UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, also referred to as Rio+20) 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 March 2011, and a three-day PrepCom should convene immediately before the UNCSD (PrepCom III). 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.  

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Event: Caring for Climate Working Group on Climate Change and Development Webinar [viewed]

Caring for Climate (C4C), in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Resources Institute (WRI) and WWF, is creating a business working group aimed at enhancing the understanding of ways in which businesses can find strategic solutions throughout their operations and value chains to address the impacts of climate change on development. C4C is a voluntary and complementary action platform for UN Global Compact participants who seek to demonstrate leadership on the issue of climate change. The event is open to C4C signatories only.  

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Low-Carbon Leaders Project Invites Feedback from C4C Signatories [viewed]

September 2010: The UN Global Compact's Caring for Climate (C4C) signatories are invited to provide input and feedback on the Low-Carbon Leaders Project (LCLP), an open source, multi-media platform aimed at capturing and sharing transformative low-carbon solutions.

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UNESCO Co-organizes Conference on Oceans and Climate Change [viewed]

3 September 2010:  The International Ocean Institute (IOI), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the State Oceanic Administration of the People's Republic of China co-organized the Pacem in Maribus XXXIII International Conference on Oceans, which took place from 2-4 September 2010, in Beijing, China, under the theme "Oceans, Climate Change and Sustainable Development: Challenges to Oceans and Coastal Cities."

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UN Greening the Blue Releases Report on Sustainable Travel [viewed]

31 August 2010: Greening the Blue has released a report titled “Sustainable Travel in the United Nations,” which underlines that travel contributes approximately 50% of the UN's climate footprint and represents over US$1 billion per year for the collective UN family.

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Group of Eminent Persons for LDCs [viewed]

27 August 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a Group of Eminent Persons to examine development problems faced by Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

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Event: UNCTAD Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on the Green Economy: Trade and Sustainable Development Implications [viewed]

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is organizing an expert meeting to feed into the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), to be held in Brazil in 2012. The Ad Hoc Expert Meeting is being organized in close collaboration with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). It aims to explore ways in which the green economy, through trade-led growth, could become a pro-development income-generating instrument that will directly contribute to meeting the sustainable development imperative adopted at Rio in 1992.  

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Event: 2010 Social Forum on Climate Change and Human Rights [viewed]

The Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) will host the 2010 Social Forum on Climate Change and Human Rights, which will address: the adverse effects of climate change on the full enjoyment of human rights, including the right to life and economic, social and cultural rights; measures and actions to address the impact of climate change on the full enjoyment of human rights at the local, national, regional and international levels, including on most vulnerable groups, particularly women and children; and international assistance and cooperation in addressing the human rights related impact of climate change. The Forum is aimed to provide a dialogue avenue for NGOs to communicate with Human Rights Council (HRC) member States. The participants will include HRC member States, NGOs, UN agencies and academia representatives.  

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