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Event: GEF 44th Council Meeting [viewed]

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas, and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. Among other matters, the 44th session of the Council is expected to discuss the GEF's role vis-à-vis the global mercury agreement. A consulation with CSOs will take place on 17 June.  

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Event: Infrastructure for Climate Change: The Challenge of Constructing Infrastructure Systems for a New Environmental Reality [viewed]

This one-day meeting, sponsored by the Latin American Development Bank (CAF) and organized by CAF and the Colombian Government, will bring together government representatives from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, representatives from various regional and international organizations, as well as experts from Asia, the US, Latin America and Europe to discuss the challenges posed by climate change and extreme weather events to Latin American water, energy, transport, housing and health infrastructure. The meeting also will launch a "Center of thought on Infrastructure for Climate Change" to act as a permanent high-level consultative center composed of national and international experts, devoted to the issue of making Latin American infrastructure climate-resilient.  

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Rio+20 Adopts "The Future We Want" Outcome Document, Voluntary Pledges Reported to Reach US$513 Billion [viewed]

22 June 2012: The third and final meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), Pre-Conference Informal Consultations Facilitated by the Host Country, and the UNCSD convened back-to-back in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 13-22 June 2012. During their ten days in Rio, government delegations concluded negotiations on the Rio outcome document, titled “The Future We Want.”

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Energy Day Convenes at Rio+20, Launches Global Energy Assessment [viewed]

19 June 2012: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) Energy Day convened on 19 June. Organized by UN-Energy, together with the Secretary-General's High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All, Energy Day featured 12 interactive sessions with academics, policy makers, business leaders and civil society representatives.

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Multilateral Development Banks Commit to the Rio+20 Agenda for Inclusive Green Growth [viewed]

19 June 2012: On the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) six of the world's major multilateral development banks (MDBs) released a joint statement, which indicates their commitment to work together to support global transformation in line with the Rio+20 agreements.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for Business Day [viewed]

18 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) convened for Business Day, bringing together business stakeholders, and high-level speakers from the Rio Conventions and intergovernmental organizations to discuss the role of business in sustainable development, and how the private sector can facilitate the transition to a green economy.

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UNEP Releases Reports, Launches Initiative on Resource Efficient Cities [viewed]

UNEP18 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners unveiled the Global Initiative for Resource-Efficient Cities, a new initiative that aims to develop resource efficiency measures in order to achieve sustainable urban development around the world, and released two related reports.

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European Commission Launches Search for European Green Capital 2015 [viewed]

15 June 2012: The European Commission has initiated the search for the city that will win the title European Green Capital 2015. The title is awarded to a city that serves as a role model for others by providing environmentally-friendly urban living that is “fit for life.”

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SPC/FAO Workshop Examines Climate Change Impacts on Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

SPC13 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) convened a workshop aimed to transfer the results of SPC's recent vulnerability assessment, titled “Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change,” and to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture in the region.

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FAO Calls for Energy-Smart Food Production [viewed]

FAO14 June 2012: In a study on energy-smart food, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) stresses that agriculture's dependence on fossil fuels is undermining efforts to build a more sustainable world economy. The study was released in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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