UN Secretariat

UN Global Compact Cities Programme Reports Progress [viewed]

May 2010: The UN Global Compact has scaled up efforts to advance its Cities Programme, which provides a model for approximately 40 cities around the world to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to long-term challenges based on the ten principles of the Global Compact, in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption.

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World Oceans Day Celebrated [viewed]

8 June 2010: World Oceans Day was celebrated on 8 June around the theme "Our oceans: opportunities and challenges.”

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New Co-Chair Appointed for UN Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing [viewed]

6 June 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway, has accepted his invitation to become, with immediate effect, the Co-Chair of the UN High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing.

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World Environment Day Celebrated [viewed]

6 June 2010: UN agencies celebrated World Environment Day on 6 June 2010, under the theme “Many Species. One Planet. One Future.” The celebrations included a number of activities, such as the launch of "Greening the Blue," which aims to encourage UN agencies to become climate neutral, solar power activities in Rwanda, and a website devoted to informing youth about climate.

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Committee for Development Policy: 12th Session Report Released [viewed]

May 2010: The UN Secretariat has released the report of the 12th session of the Committee for Development Policy (E/2010/33), which took place from 22-26 March 2010, in New York, US.

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First World Congress on Cities and Adaptation Adopts Bonn Declaration [viewed]

30 May 2010: The first World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change, which addressed the theme "Resilient Cities 2010," convened from 28-30 May 2010, in Bonn, Germany. The Congress was organized by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainable Development, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and the City of Bonn, and it sought to support the implementation of the UNFCCC Nairobi Work Programme on Adaptation by providing a forum for exchange, learning, networking, debating and policy making on approaches and solutions for climate change adaptation and resilience-building in cities and municipalities, including local adaptation practices.

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First UNCSD PrepCom Discusses Substantive and Procedural Issues Related to Rio+20 Event [viewed]

19 May 2010: The first session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) convened from 17-19 May 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) took up both substantive and procedural matters.

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UN OHCHR Releases 2009 Annual Report on Activities [viewed]

May 2010: The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN OHCHR) has released its annual report, which covers activities and major results achieved in 2009 concerning the implementation of the 2008-2009 Strategic Management Plan. The report notes that OHCHR's support contributed to increased recognition and acceptance of the human rights implications of climate change and the linkages between human rights and environment.

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UNEP-WCMC Launches Global Island Database [viewed]

10 May 2010: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) launched the Global Island Database (GID) during the small island developing States (SIDS) Day held during the 18th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in New York, US, on 10 May 2010. The GID reflects five of the themes important for islands, as identified by the Island Biodiversity Programme of Work (IBPoW) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), namely biodiversity, climate change, invasive species, pollution and sustainability.

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UNIDO Presents Report on Energy for a Sustainable Future [viewed]

19 May 2010: The report "Energy for a Sustainable Future," prepared by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change (AGECC), was presented on 19 May 2010, by Kandek K. Yumkella,  Director-General, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and Michael Spindelegger, Minister for European and International Affairs, Austria, in Vienna, Austria.

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