Governance

UN Secretary-General Announces New Heads of DPI, DESA [viewed]

31 May 2012: At the daily press briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, it was announced that he has made three high-level appointments, for the positions of Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, and Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

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IPCC 35 Concludes Consideration of the IAC Review Recommendations [viewed]

IPCC9 June 2012: The 35th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) focused on the work resulting from the consideration of the recommendations from the InterAcademy Council (IAC) Review of the IPCC processes and procedures, namely those on: governance and management; procedures for the IPCC reports; and the communications strategy.

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Maurice Strong Outlines Potential Rio+20 Outcomes [viewed]

UNEP11 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a column authored by Maurice Strong, senior adviser to the Secretary-General of Rio+20, and Secretary-General of the 1992 Earth Summit, on the potential outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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OLADE, UNASUR Launch Joint Publication on Energy Integration in South America [viewed]

8 June 2012: The Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) have launched a joint publication on energy integration in South America and the role that UNASUR might play in that integration.

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G20 Los Cabos Declaration Reaffirms Commitment to Green Growth [viewed]

19 June 2012: The Group of 20 (G20) Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, which took place from 18-19 June 2012, concluded with the adoption of a declaration that addresses, among other items, employment and social protection, food security, the challenges of development, and longer-term prosperity through inclusive green growth.

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Rio Pavilion Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Rio Conventions [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Rio Conventions at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), with events on 21 June 2012. Four panel sessions addressed: the launch of the pilot partnership on national implementation of synergies among the Rio Conventions; the launch of Mozambique's Green Economy Roadmap; the importance of the three Rio Conventions for poverty eradication; and integration of environment within the development framework by the UN system.

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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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Event: Third IRENA General Assembly [viewed]

The third session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly, IRENA's supreme governing body, will take place on 13-14 January 2013, to finalize remaining institution-building issues, report on its progress to member states, and renew its mandate on encouraging the global uptake of renewable energy. The Assembly will immediately precede the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC), the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), and the International Water Summit 2013, which are taking place on 15-17 January 2013. These events are part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).  

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IPCC Issues Statement on Election Procedures, Non-Peer Reviewed Literature [viewed]

IPCC24 June 2012: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Secretariat issued a statement in response to an article published online by New Scientist, which critiqued recent decisions on election procedures and data sources.

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ECOWAS Agrees on Principles of Regional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policies [viewed]

27 June 2012: The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) held a regional workshop at the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) from 25-27 June in Dakar, Senegal, during which the main aims and components of a regional renewable energy and energy efficiency policy of ECOWAS were agreed by directors of the region's Ministries of Energy.

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