Sustainable Development

Second Committee Adopts Draft Resolution on Global Climate [viewed]

UN logo22 November 2011: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee has adopted a draft resolution on the “protection of global climate for present and future generations of humankind” (A/C.2/66/L.58). The decision was taken on 22 November 2011, under the UNGA's agenda item on sustainable development.

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Event: Africa Day at UNFCCC COP 17 [viewed]

Africa Day at UNFCCC COP 17 will seek to raise the profile of African climate change and development issues and demonstrate African ownership of the African agenda on climate change and development. It will focus on the theme "Development First," with sessions addressing "Development first in the context of climate change" and "Climate change economics and finance for Africa."  

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Fourth High-Level Forum Develops Declaration on Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation [viewed]

1 December 2011: The Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness adopted a declaration titled the "Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation." The Forum reviewed global progress on aid effectiveness, including a review of targets set in the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, shared experiences in delivering the best results, and developed new commitments toward effectiveness of aid in reducing poverty, achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and supporting development beyond 2015.

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UNFCCC Announces CDM Photo and Video Contest Winners [viewed]

UNFCCC1 December 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced the winners of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Changing Lives Photo and Video Contest 2011.

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UNFCCC Launches CDM Policy Dialogue [viewed]

5 Dec 2011: Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), has launched a high-level policy dialogue on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The CDM policy dialogue aims to review past CDM experience and produce recommendations on how to best position and improve the CDM to respond to future challenges.

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Agricultural Organizations Appeal to COP 17 Negotiators to Address Agriculture [viewed]

5 December 2011: Calling on climate negotiators to include agriculture in the text of the climate agreement, 16 leading agriculture organizations made an appeal through a jointly endorsed letter to the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) during the Durban Climate Change Conference. The appeal to COP 17 was discussed at Agriculture and Rural Development Day, held on 3 December 2011, during which more than 500 participants addressed priorities for meeting food security challenges while supporting climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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ASEAN, Republic of Korea Sign Asian Forest Cooperation Agreement [viewed]

18 November 2011: The Republic of Korea (ROK) and member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed a Asian Forest Cooperation (AFoCO) Agreement during the 14th ASEAN-ROK Summit, on 18 November 2011, in Bali, Indonesia.

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WHO Report Shows Health and Climate Co-benefits in Transport Sector [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)6 December 2011: The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a report on the health benefits of low-carbon transport measures, such as rapid transit, walking or cycling, as part of its "Health in the Green Economy" series.

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Mountain Day Highlights Importance of Mountains in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

4 December 2011: Mountain Day 2011 highlighted the critical role that mountain ecosystems play in climate adaptation and sustainable development, as well as the vulnerability of mountains and those who depend on them to climate change.

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UNSG Outlines Expectations for Durban Negotiations [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General6 December 2011: On the first day of high-level talks at the Durban Climate Change Conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Parties to the UNFCCC to move forward on key issues and keep up momentum, even as a comprehensive and binding agreement may be “beyond our reach” in Durban, where governments are gathered for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC.

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