Sustainable Development

UNCSD Bureau Meets with UN Agency Heads [viewed]

15 November 2010: The Bureau of the Preparatory Process for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, also called Rio+20) met with the expanded Executive Committee of the Economic and Social Affairs (EC-ESA Plus) on 4 November 2010, in New York, US.

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UNIDO's “Making It” Magazine Focuses on LDCs' Challenges [viewed]

November 2010: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has published the fourth issue of its magazine, “Making It: Industry for Development,” with the theme “On track to prosperity?” 

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UNDP Administrator Discusses Climate Change Vulnerability with Prime Minister of Bangladesh [viewed]

16 November 2010: Helen Clark, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, in her official visit to Bangladesh, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina discussed the country's vulnerability to climate change. Topics included rising sea levels, increased salinity and the national adaptation plan. 

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ECLAC Seminar Evaluates Vulnerability of Rural Poor to Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

10 November 2010: A seminar on "Agriculture and Climate Change: Innovation, Policies and Institutions" warned that over 50% of the rural population in Latin America and the Caribbean is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change on agriculture.

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AOSIS Holds Ministerial Consultation on Climate Change in Preparation for COP 16 [viewed]

2 November 2010: The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) held an Informal Ministerial Consultation on Climate Change from 1-2 November 2010 in St. George's, Grenada. The aim of the Ministerial Consultation was to discuss he AOSIS position in preparation for the 16th session of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to be held in Cancun, Mexico.

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OECD Report Urges Japan to Do More to Fight Climate Change and Protect Biodiversity [viewed]

16 November 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released the “OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Japan 2010,” saying that Japan should do more to fight climate change and protect biodiversity.

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G20 Adopts Seoul Action Plan [viewed]

12 November 2010: Leaders of the Group of Twenty (G20) met in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 11-12 November 2010 and adopted: a Leaders' Declaration; the Seoul Action Plan including a commitment to the Seoul Development Consensus for Shared Growth; and concrete measures summarized in a Multi-Year Action Plan on Development, focusing particularly on the development of infrastructure in developing countries.

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UN, World Bank Launch Report on the Economics of Disaster Prevention [viewed]

11 November 2010: The World Bank and the UN have released a joint report titled "Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention," which analyzes disasters from an economics perspective.

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UN-HABITAT Releases Bulletin on Urban Planning Activities in Europe [viewed]

10 November 2010: UN-HABITAT released the 2010 Regional Bulletin highlighting its activities in Eastern, Southern and Central Europe focusing on better urban planning, stronger local government, climate change measures and decentralization.

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EU Launches Consultation on Future Development Policy [viewed]

10 November 2010: The European Commission has launched a public consultation, open to EU and partner countries, on the future of EU development policy, which aims to "collect views" on advancing progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and beyond, in the face of economic, food and environmental crises.

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