Sustainable Development

This section covers issues related to the mainstreaming of climate change issues in development processes, as well as the way the impacts of climate change may hinder progress towards achieving development goals. Activities related to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and follow-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development are highlighted in this section.

UNECE, WHO Highlight Benefits of Green, Healthy Transport [viewed]

who unece14 April 2014: Investing in green and healthy transport is economically profitable and results in positive environmental and health effects, according to ‘Unlocking new opportunities: jobs in green and health transport,' a publication by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe.

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HABITAT and Partners Launch Collaboration on Urban Resilience [viewed]

logo-wuf711 April 2014: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and eight partners launched the Medellín Collaboration on Urban Resilience, to facilitate the flow of knowledge and financial resources to help cities become more resilient to systemic shocks and stresses, including from climate change, disasters caused by natural hazards, and socio-economic challenges resulting from rapid urbanization.

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Event: UNGA Dialogue 3 on Technology Transfer Mechanism [viewed]

In General Assembly Resolution 68/210, UN Member States decided to hold a series of four, one-day structured dialogues to consider possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The third dialogue will be held on 4 June 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The themes for the dialogue will be 'Identifying the potential for development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies and identifying options for the way forward'.  

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WUF 7 Adopts Medellín Declaration, Recommends Urban SDG [viewed]

logo-wuf711 April 2014: Participants at the seventh session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 7) adopted the Medellín Declaration, which recognizes the transformational power of cities and describes equity as the foundation of sustainable urban development. Signatories also support the inclusion of an urban Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) in the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNEP, Cities Alliance Outline Tools for Integrating Environment into Urban Planning [viewed]

Integrating the Environment in Urban Planning and Management: Key Principles and Approaches for Cities in the 21st Century8 April 2014: Rapid urbanization is an opportunity to build more sustainable, equitable and efficient cities and towns, according to ‘Integrating the Environment in Urban Planning and Management: Key Principles and Approaches for Cities in the 21st Century,' a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Cities Alliance. The report focuses on the City Development Strategy (CDS) as a tool to integrate environmental issues into city planning while reducing poverty, promoting inclusive economic growth and ensuring sustainable consumption and production (SCP).

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Mekong Summit Focuses on Water, Food and Energy Nexus in Changing Climate [viewed]

MRC5 April 2014: The Second Mekong Summit was organized around the theme ‘Water, Energy and Food Security in the Context of Climate Change.' The Conference focused on three key issues: climate change adaptation in a transboundary context; sustainable development and the water, energy and food nexus; and the benefits of cooperation.

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Pacific Region Launches UN Decade for SE4All [viewed]

Sustainable Energy for All2 April 2014: The Pacific region launched the UN Decade for Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All), as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the efforts of island States in addressing sustainable development challenges at "a pivotal moment."

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EU, China Discuss Climate Change, Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

eu-china31 March 2014: The EU and China recognized the need to strengthen climate change cooperation in preparing “a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force” under the UNFCCC to be adopted in 2015 in Paris. They also addressed efforts to promote sustainable development and formulate the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNFCCC Publishes Tool for Elaborating CDM's Sustainable Development Benefits [viewed]

UNFCCC2 April 2014: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the UNFCCC has published a voluntary online tool for highlighting the sustainable development benefits of the CDM in a “structured, consistent, comparable and robust manner.” The aim is to enhance the transparency of CDM projects' sustainable development benefits.

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UNDP Calls for Inputs on Draft Social and Environmental Standards [viewed]

UNDP3 March 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced an invitation to provide comments on its draft Social and Environmental Standards (SESs), which underpin UNDP's commitment to mainstreaming social and environmental sustainability in its programmes and projects. The Standards aim to: strengthen UNDP's social and environmental outcomes; minimize and manage adverse impacts when avoidance is not possible; and strengthen capacities for managing social and environmental risks.

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