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UN Secretary-General Highlights UNECE's Role in Tackling Global Challenges [viewed]

UNECE18 October 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on countries of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) to continue tackling the world's most looming issues and work together to ensure the prosperity of future generations, when addressing for the first time the UNECE Executive Committee.

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UN-REDD Approves US$4 Million for REDD+ in Nigeria [viewed]

17 October 2011: At its seventh Policy Board Meeting, the UN-REDD Programme approved US$4 million to fund Nigeria's National Programme for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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Event: Sixth GEF Biennial International Waters Conference [viewed]

This conference will be organized under the theme "Raising the Bar: 20 Years of GEF Transboundary Water Results," and will focus on knowledge sharing on water management issues and results after 20 years of interventions. The Conference also has the objective to promote public-private partnerships in support of better water management and identification of modalities for their development. Essential focus areas include sustaining a global effort in providing robust, periodic assessments of the state of the marine environment to address emerging issues, such as ocean acidification; addressing the particular vulnerabilities of small island developing States (SIDS); and restoring habitat and biodiversity values.  

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UN Secretary-General Discusses Sustainable Development and Climate Change in Switzerland [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General17 October 2011: During an official visit to Switzerland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed climate change and sustainable development issues with government officials, highlighting crucial upcoming meetings in each area.

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Indonesia and Malawi Join UN CC:Learn Pilot Countries [viewed]

14 October 2011: The UN CC:Learn Steering Group has selected two additional countries to participate in the 2011-2013 pilot implementation phase of the UN CC:Learn's “Pilot Projects to Strengthen Human Resources, Learning and Skills Development.” The selection was made with support provided by the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC).

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SPC Announces Support for PICTs on DRR and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

30 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced that, with financial support from the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), it is assisting Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) in developping disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation responses.

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Eradication of Poverty Day Focuses on Sustainability and Inclusive Development [viewed]

17 October 2011: This year's commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty promoted recognition that a sustainable future is not reachable when over 40% of the world's population, about 2.6 billion people, live in poverty and face threats from natural disasters and economic shocks. 

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World Bank Purchases 2.6 Million AAUs from Czech Republic [viewed]

World Bank17 October 2011: The World Bank has purchased 2.6 million additional Assigned Amount Units (AAUs) from sustainable, energy efficient, housing projects in the Czech Republic developed under its Green Investment Scheme (GIS).

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World Food Day Focuses on Food Prices and Horn of Africa Crisis [viewed]

17 October 2011: International organizations participated in events across the world marking World Food Day on 17 October 2011 under the theme: “Food prices – from crisis to stability.”

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Parliamentarians to Drive Progress to Rio+20 [viewed]

16 October 2011: Opening the 125th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on parliamentarians to help drive progress in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012.

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