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.

Event: World Water Day 2015 [viewed]

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is 'Water and Sustainable Development'. The Day will seek to encourage the exploration of how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want. Twitter: #WorldWaterDay, #WaterIs, #Water & #Sustainability, @UN-Water.  

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OECD Projects 290% Increase in Freight Transport Emissions by 2050 [viewed]

OECD_NEW27 January 2015: The International Transport Forum (ITF) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its 2015 Transport Outlook. According to the report's projections, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from freight transport will increase by 290% by 2050. The Outlook also predicts that cities in China, India and Latin America will generate 38% of the growth in passenger transport emissions.

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European Commission Launches Strategy for Energy Union with Climate Change Policy [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL25 February 2015: The European Commission has adopted a framework strategy that aims to create, for the European Union, a resilient ‘Energy Union' with a forward-looking climate change policy. An annexed action plan presents fifteen "action points" for the coming years, including electricity market legislation, enhanced regional cooperation, increased funding for energy efficiency and a new renewable energy package. Two related communications focus on improved electricity interconnection and a vision for a global climate change agreement in Paris in December 2015.

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UNSG Updates Membership on Climate Negotiations [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw23 February 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefed UN Member States on the status of global climate change negotiations. He discussed progress made at recent meetings of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and said a few key issues remain to be decided, including climate finance, adaptation and resilience, and accelerating action.

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CCAC Meeting Opens in Kathmandu, Welcomes New Members [viewed]

photo_meeting_ccac_201524 February 2015: The Working Group meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) opened in Kathmandu, Nepal, welcoming two new partners to the network, which now includes 103 State and non-State members.

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World Bank Calls for Systematic Approach to Air Quality Management [viewed]

Worldbanklogo19 February 2015: A report examining the World Bank's activities in relation to air quality management and environmental health recommends a more systematic focus for enhanced impact. Drawing lessons from successful projects to date, the report calls for: better data and systematic monitoring of changes in air quality over time; an active dialogue with all stakeholders; integrated approaches; cross-sectoral involvement; and a combination of technical, policy and economic measures.

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Event: Vienna Energy Forum 2015 [viewed]

The Vienna Energy Forum 2015 (VEF 2015) will emphasize the multiple benefits of the post-2015 development and climate agendas and showcase the best practices and actions on the ground that can contribute to both agendas. Energy practitioners, policymakers and thought leaders will discuss the interconnections of sustainable energy and inclusive development in the areas of partnerships, finance, policy, technology, capacity building and knowledge management. The event will also explore the consequences of trends such as population growth and urbanization, as well as addressing the resulting increase in energy demand. Other topics will include South-South cooperation, and energy, water, food and health linkages. The event is organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and Austrian Foreign Ministry.  

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Event: World Green Economy Summit 2015 [viewed]

The second edition of the World Green Economy Summit (WGES) will take place from 22-23 April in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). An initiative of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), WGES 2015 aims to: develop the WGES Public-Private Partnership and Green Economy Marketplace Platform initiatives; follow up on commitments made at WGES 2014 through the Dubai Declaration; position WGES as the premier international platform for the green economy and Dubai as the 'capital of the green economy'; and create strong linkages to the UN climate agreement 2015 through the Road to Paris initiative and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Taking place under the theme 'The Global Green Economy,' WGES 2015 is aimed at a multi-takeholder audience, and will feature plenary sessions, roundtables, workshops, networking opportunities and an exhibition. The 16th Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX), will be held in parallel with WGES 2015, from 21-23 April, at the same venue.  

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International Forum Urges Adoption of Climate-Smart Agriculture, Agro-Ecology [viewed]

logo_french_agricultural20 February 2015: Speaking at the International Forum on Agriculture and Climate Change, which was organized by the Government of France as the first in a series of events leading up to the December 2015 climate change conference, José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), urged a “paradigm shift” in agriculture. He described today's predominant model of agricultural production as “not suitable for the new food security challenges of the 21st century.”

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Governments Advance Revision of Mediterranean Sustainable Development Strategy [viewed]

unep-map18 February 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the France-based NGO Plan Bleu supported a regional conference in Malta, in which stakeholders and Parties to the Barcelona Convention reviewed a revised sustainable development strategy for the Mediterranean region. Participants considered six thematic areas of the revised Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD): seas and coasts; natural resources; rural development and food; climate; sustainable cities; transition towards a green economy; and governance.

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