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Next UNGA President to Prioritize Post-2015 Development Agenda, Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNGA14 June 2013: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has elected by acclaimation John W. Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) as President of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly. 

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UNECE Workshop Discusses Transboundary Water Cooperation in LAC [viewed]

UNECE14 June 2013: A workshop organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) brought together some 100 experts from throughout Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to discuss how the region might benefit from the experience and lessons learned in transboundary water cooperation from the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention).

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World Day to Combat Desertification Focuses Attention on Drought and Water Scarcity [viewed]

World Day to Combat Desertification 201117 June 2013: Events to mark the 2013 edition of the annual World Day to Combat Desertification are focusing attention on the theme 'Don't let our future dry up.' The selection of the topics of drought and water scarcity seeks to take into account that 2013 is also the International Year of Water Cooperation. 

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Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum Advances Resilience to Climate-Related Disasters [viewed]

IGAD logo11 June 2013: The 34th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF) was organized by the Intergovernmental Governmental Authority on Development's Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) and other partners to formulate a regional climate outlook over the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA), which is prone to extreme climate events, such as droughts and floods, that severely impact on key socioeconomic sectors.

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SDSN Proposes 10 Sustainable Development Goals [viewed]

unsdsn6 June 2013: The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has issued its report to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 'The Action Agenda for Sustainable Development' argues that a sustainable development path must be based on four related normative concepts: the right to development for every country; human rights and social inclusion; convergence of living standards across countries; and shared responsibilities and opportunities.

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Event: Fourth Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins: Adaptation Serving Multiple Purposes [viewed]

This workshop is organized under the leadership of the Governments of the Netherlands and Switzerland, with the support of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Secretariat. It is organized in partnership with the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW:LEARN). The workshop is taking place back to back with the sixth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate on 27 June 2013. Convened during the International Year of Water Cooperation, the workshop will highlight examples of successful cooperation among stakeholders, sectors and countries in adaptation to climate change. The workshop will bring together professionals from all over the world working on adaptation to climate variability and change especially -but not only- in transboundary basins.  

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Event: Third Meeting of the Global Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

The purpose of this meeting is to bring together representatives of island and coastal biosphere reserves to discuss the main challenges and threats facing these areas, namely: climate change; water, energy and food self‐sufficiency; and waste management. The meeting will also provide an opportunity for participants to share experiences and potential solutions. The Global Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves was created at the 21st Session of the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2009. This Network aims to realize the potential of biosphere reserves in addressing climate change, particularly as places for learning about sustainable development and also for experimenting on mitigation and adaptation measures on climate change.  

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World Bank Highlights Little Green Data Book's Relevance to Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

World Bank5 June 2013: The World Bank has released the 2013 edition of the 'Little Green Data Book,' the Bank's annual compilation of environment data. The Book assesses development and environment using over 50 indicators, including adjusted net savings (ANS), which aims to foster innovative ways of understanding sustainable development at the macroeconomic level, and to complement gross domestic product (GDP) measuring; both of which are key aspects of the post-2015 agenda.

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Guest Article #96: Green Growth is the Heart of Development [viewed]

When you fly over the beautiful island of Hispanola, you see the border on the ground below. Where there is green forest, it is the Dominican Republic. Where there is dry, brown and deforested land, it is Haiti. The environmental catastrophe of Haiti is due to the policies of irresponsible dictators. It also originates in poverty. But environmental degradation is also a cause for the continued poverty of Haiti. The Dominican Republic is six times richer when measured in per capita terms than is Haiti. In only few places on planet earth is the complete integration of environment and development visible.

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AfDB Stresses Structural Transformation, Adopts Ten-Year Strategy [viewed]

AfDB31 May 2013: The 48th Annual Meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) concluded with the adoption of the Bank's Ten Year Strategy 2013-2022 and 2012 Annual Report, as well as a resolution to return the Bank's headquarters to Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Other key deliberations at the meeting focused on financing infrastructure, sustaining economic growth, and replenishing the African Development Fund (ADF).

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