Sustainable Development

CBD April Bulletin Highlights Meetings of Joint Liaison Group, Biodiversity Conventions Group [viewed]

16 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published its Monthly Bulletin of Activities for April 2011, which indicates that the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions has formalized the terms of reference of modus operandi of the group, identified joint high-level activities for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) as well as the 20th anniversary of the Conventions in 2012, and agreed on new and revised joint publications on climate change adaptation, forests and gender.

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UN Secretary-General, UNIDO Emphasize Changing Production and Consumption Patterns to Support Sustainable Economic Growth [viewed]

17 May 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director-General Kandeh Yumkella emphasized the need to change production and consumption patterns in their statements at the Fourth Nevsky International Ecological Congress. 

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UNDP Releases MDG Report for the Kyrgyz Republic [viewed]

16 May 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic have launched the Second Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Progress Report for the Kyrgyz Republic, which presents an analysis of MDG achievement based on the indicators proposed in the first report, the indicators used in State strategies and programmes, and with special focus on the impacts of the global financial crisis and climate change.

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Proposed Agenda and Draft Work Programme for CDM EB 61 Released [viewed]

16 May 2011: The proposed agenda, annotated agenda and draft work programme for the 61st meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board (EB 61), to be held from 30 May-3 June 2011, in Bonn, Germany, are now available on the CDM website.

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Figueres Urges American States to Implement Cancun Agreements [viewed]

13 May 2011: Speaking at a meeting titled "Climate Change: What the Americas Can and Must Do," organized by the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington DC, US, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Christina Figueres urged American States to implement the Cancun Agreements and develop their renewable energy resources.

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Documentary Series to Showcase Pacific Renewable Energy Experiences [viewed]

13 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has commissioned a documentary series to showcase the experiences of 11 Pacific island countries in their efforts to achieve their renewable energy targets or goals.

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Reports of CDM Working Groups and Panel Released [viewed]

13 May 2011: The reports of the 49th meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Methodologies Panel (Meth Panel), the 32nd meeting of the CDM Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group (A/R WG), and the 31st meeting of the CDM Small Scale Working Group (SSC WG) are now available on the CDM website.

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Event: Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas [viewed]

This summit is convened by the Governments of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal with support from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), MacArthur, ICIMOD, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The summit is expected to: outline a 10-year roadmap for adaptation to climate change; develop a proposal to secure all of the eastern Himalaya's temperate and alpine forests and grasslands for ensuring biodiversity persistence and maintaining ecosystem services; and create regional “adaptation expert groups.”  

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CSD 19 Concludes Without Agreement [viewed]

14 May 2011: The 19th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 19), which convened from 2-14 May 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, focused on developing policy recommendations related to transport, chemicals, hazardous waste, mining and the 10-year framework of programmes (10YFP) on sustainable consumption and production (SCP), but concluded without adopting these decisions. 

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New UNEP Deputy Executive Director Appointed [viewed]

13 May 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Amina Mohamed (Kenya) as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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