Poverty Eradication

First Africa Drylands Week Highlights Potential for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNCCD17 June 2011: The first "Africa Drylands Week" has concluded with a message by Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), underlining the potential of drylands for the development and sustainable growth of their populations and countries.

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EU Environment Ministers Address Sustainable Water Management [viewed]

EU flag21 June 2011: The Environment Council of the EU met on 21 June 2011, in Luxembourg, to discuss the protection of water resources and integrated sustainable water management in the EU and beyond. The Council adopted conclusions including a section on climate change and water policy, and another on ecosystems and ecosystem services.

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IRI Publication Highlights Climate Information for Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

A Better Climate for Disaster Risk Management20 June 2011: The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Colombia University has released a publication titled "A better climate for disaster risk management," which addresses recent advances in the use of climate information for managing risks and improving livelihoods.  

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UNHCR Celebrates World Refugee Day [viewed]

World Refugee Day 2011. Photo courtesy of UNHCR.20 June 2011: In a message to celebrate World Refugee Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that since the establishment of the UN refugee agency 60 years ago, the major cause of displacement has been war and prolonged conflicts. He further stressed that nowadays, reasons for displacement also include "extreme poverty, environmental degradation, climate change and the growing and complex interrelationship between these factors and conflict."

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UNIDO's Magazine Highlights Benefits of Agribusiness [viewed]

Making It: Industry for Development - Agribusiness: From farm to forkJune 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has published the sixth edition of its magazine, “Making It: Industry for Development.” The newest edition is sub-titled “Agribusiness: From farm to fork.”

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UNIDO, Peru Discuss Renewable Energy, Environmental Protection [viewed]

UNIDO16 June 2011: Kandeh Yumkella, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director-General, and García Revilla, Peruvian Ambassador to Austria and to International Organizations in Vienna, met in Vienna, Austria, to discuss cooperation in the fields of trade capacity building, environmental protection and the use of renewable energy.

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UNDP, GEF Introduce Energy Efficient Brick Technology in Bangladesh [viewed]

UNDP, GEF Introduce Energy Efficient Brick Technology in BangladeshJune 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have introduced an energy efficient, smokeless brick-making technology to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Bangladesh.

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UNGA Development Dialogue Discusses Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

14 June 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) hosted a Development Dialogue on 14 June 2011, in New York, US, to discuss the implementation and accountability of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with a focus on MDGs 4 and 5 on maternal and child health, and on how to advance the UN development agenda beyond 2015.

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UNDP Administrator Highlights Radical Changes in Development Landscape [viewed]

13 June 2011: Addressing the Annual Meeting of the Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which is being held from 6-17 June 2011, in New York, US, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark identified long-term trends, such as climate change and human impact on the world's natural resources, as responsible for radically changing the development landscape and affecting the way multilateral organizations operate.

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MDGs Follow-up Meeting Calls for Equity-Based Approaches [viewed]

3 June 2011: The Government of Japan hosted a meeting on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Follow-up, to build upon the outcome of the UN high-level plenary meeting on the MDGs held in September 2010, and propose effective approaches to accelerate MDG progress. The meeting also discussed cross-cutting issues critical for the acceleration of MDGs, including climate change, food security and human security.

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