Sustainable Development

Event: From Local to Rio: Linking Women's Low-Carbon Initiatives with Sustainable Development Policy [viewed]

This side event at the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, is being organized by the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA). The event aims to highlight key issues of gender and technology and build support from the women's community for work at the next negotiating sessions of the UNFCCC, Rio 2012 and beyond. This event will draw attention to the roles of women as inventors, managers and distributors of low-emission technologies in the context of promoting sustainable development and effective climate change responses. Panelists will present successful projects on the ground and connect to women's leadership in a green economy, and highlight UN Women's goals in the context of Rio 2012. Panelists include: H. Elizabeth Thompson, UN Assistant Secretary General and Executive Coordinator of Rio 2012; Nereidge Segala, Farmer and President of Ser do Sertao, Pintadas, Brazil; Lucy Wanjiru, Programme Specialist, Gender and Environment, UNDP Gender Team; and Gail Karlsson, Senior Policy Advisor, ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy.  

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UNCTAD Proposes Agenda for Action at LDC IV [viewed]

22 February 2011: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published a policy brief proposing a broad agenda for action for the fourth UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC IV), to be held from 9-13 May 2011, in Istanbul, Turkey.

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UNEP Governing Council Goes Green [viewed]

21 February 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the 26th Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC 26/GMEF), taking place from 21-24 February 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya, is being convened as a “green meeting.” The initiative contributes to the UN Secretary-General's Greening the Blue initiative.

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UNEP GMGSF Calls for Strong Government Engagement in Rio 2012 [viewed]

21 February 2011: The 12th session of the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-12), which was held from 19-20 February 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya, aimed to provide a platform for information exchange and consultation on key environmental issues to be addressed by member States during the 26th session of the UNEP Governing Council and Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC-26/GMEF).

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CDM Executive Board Launches Calls for Experts [viewed]

20 February 2011: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched four calls for experts for members of the CDM Methodologies Panel, Accreditation Panel, Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group, and Small-Scale Working Group, with a view to replacing the outgoing members at its 60th meeting.

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Report of the 59th Meeting of the CDM Executive Board Released [viewed]

18 February 2011: The report of the 59th Meeting of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which was held from 14-18 February 2011, in Bonn, Germany, is now available on the CDM website.

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CDM Executive Board Launches Four Calls for Public Inputs [viewed]

18 February 2011: As agreed at its 59th meeting, held from 14-18 February 2011, in Bonn, Germany, the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched four calls for public inputs.

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UNEP Releases Green Economy Report [viewed]

21 February 2011: The UN Enviroment Programme (UNEP) has released a report on the green economy, titled "Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication," as a key contribution of UNEP to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio 2012).

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UN-Energy Outlines Priorities Ahead of Rio 2012 [viewed]

14 February 2011: UN-Energy held a retreat on 10-11 February 2011, in Vienna, Austria, to define the group's priorities in preparation for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio 2012). The highlights of the retreat are reported in the weekly newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) for the period 14-18 February 2011.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses the Challenges of Sustainable Development and Equality [viewed]

15 February 2011: Addressing students and faculty at the University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon listed the "sweeping changes in the global landscape," highlighting "disasters striking with greater force" and "the impacts of climate change growing ever clearer."

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