Sustainable Development

UNEP Releases Green Economy Preview Report [viewed]

May 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has produced  “Green Economy Report: A preview” on the occasion of the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), taking place from 17-19 May 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The brochure, based on draft material available to date, provides a first preview of three sectors that will be examined by the report, namely fisheries, transport and water. It also highlights investment and policy reform opportunities to transition to a Green Economy.

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Event: Second PrepCom for UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) [viewed]

The UN General Assembly, in December 2009, adopted a resolution calling for a UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) to be convened in Brazil in 2012 (also referred to as Rio+20). The resolution established the dates for the preparatory committees leading to the event, and indicates the event should be focused on: a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and the institutional framework for sustainable development.  

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Event: Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting for CSD 19 [viewed]

The Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) will prepare for the policy-year session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), which will negotiate policy options related to the thematic cluster for the CSD 18-19 cycle: transport, chemicals, waste management, mining and the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns. The IPM will include a SIDS Special Day, consisting of interactive discussions to outline innovative policy options to support the sustainable development of SIDS, and addressing viable solutions for reducing the vulnerabilities of SIDS and for strengthening the sustainable management of chemicals, waste (hazardous and solid), mining and transport, and implementing sustainable consumption and production (SCP).  

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CSD 18 Reviews Policies Related to Transport, Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns [viewed]

14 May 2010: Delegates at the 18th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 18) focused on the thematic cluster of transport, chemicals, waste management, mining, and sustainable consumption and production patterns, and conducted a one-day preparatory committee meeting for the five-year high-level review of the Mauritius Strategy for the Implementation (MSI+5) of the Barbados Plan of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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UNEP-WCMC Launches Carbon and Co-benefits Website [viewed]

14 May 2010: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC), with support from the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), has launched a new website highlighting the potential for actions on maintaining natural carbon stocks to generate co-benefits, i.e. that are additional to climate change mitigation effects.

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UN-HABITAT Conference Adopts Declaration on Green Building for Africa [viewed]

14 May 2010:  The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) held a conference on Promoting Green Building Rating in Africa from 4-6 May 2010, at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The event brought together experts, practitioners and decision makers from 20 African countries and concluded with the adoption of a declaration to promote and foster green building practices in Africa.

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UNDP Launches Photo Contest "Picture This: We Can End Poverty" [viewed]

14 May 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with Olympus Corporation and the Agence France-Presse (AFP) Foundation, launched a photo contest titled "Picture This: We Can End Poverty." The competition will feature work carried out in various countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 to demonstrate how ordinary people around the world are addressing their most pressing development challenges.

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Event: V Latin American Carbon Forum [viewed]

The Latin American Carbon Forum is a regional platform established to promote knowledge and information sharing on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) while facilitating business-opportunity environments among main carbon market stakeholders. This Forum is organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risøe Centre, the World Bank, the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and International Emissions Trading Association (IETA).  

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UNEP Announces Sustainable Tourism Partnership [viewed]

12 May 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the French Government have announced the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism, which is aimed at making the tourism industry environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. The Partnership is designed to identify and replicate successful and sustainable initiatives.

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UNECA and EU to Deepen Partnership on Development Issues [viewed]

11 May 2010: During a visit to the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the EU expressed an interest in forging a deeper partnership with UNECA on various development issues, including climate change and land ownership in Africa.

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