Sustainable Development

Event: [Cancelled] International Conference on Groundwater Resources Management: Adaptation Measures to Water Scarcity Science and Policy Responses [viewed]

Due to unforeseen circumstances the "Second UNESCO-UCI International Conference on Groundwater Resources Management" has been cancelled. This Conference is jointly organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of Irvine, California (UCI). This Second UNESCO-UCI 2011 Conference on ‘Groundwater Resources Management' will evaluate the progress made in groundwater management since the First Conference in 2008. The four themes of the conference are: the role of groundwater in adapting to the impacts of global and climate changes; strengthening groundwater management for sustainable development; innovative methods and technologies for groundwater management; and groundwater education, cooperation and governance. The Conference results will be presented at the 6th World Water Forum (March 2012, Marseille, France) and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20, in June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).  

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Event: 11th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities: World Heritage Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

The theme of the 11th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities is "World Heritage Cities and Climate Change." Recognizing that in the face of climate change, World Heritage Cities are among the most vulnerable places to experience rapidly occurring changes, the Congress aims to create a platform for dialogue and exchange of state-of-the-art knowledge on the issue of World Heritage Cities and Climate Change and its transfer into policy and action. The Congress will include sessions on adaptation and mitigation measures to be taken by historic cities, a poster session featuring case studies related to the theme of the Congress, and activities for a select group of journalists, who will contribute their views about the relations between heritage and climate change.  

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UNEP Releases Report on UN Emissions [viewed]

1 April 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled “Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN,” which details the greenhouse gas emissions for 52 UN institutions. The report states that the UN's total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for 2009 was 1.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.

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ITU Report Considers Relationship between Climate Change, ICTS and Regulation [viewed]

31 March 2011: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has released its 2011 “Trends in Telecommunications Reform” on the theme “Enabling Tomorrow's Digital World.” The report highlights that effective regulation of ICTs is crucial for overall economic growth and inter alia examines the relationship between climate change, ICTs and regulation.

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Global Green Growth Institute to Open Regional Office in UAE, Collaborate with IRENA [viewed]

13 March 2011: The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), launched in 2010 to promote environmentally sustainable economic growth, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Foreign Affairs to establish a Middle East and North Africa regional office in Abu Dhabi's Masdar City and to develop joint capacity-building programs.

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Adaptation Conference Concludes in Dhaka [viewed]

31 March 2011: The Fifth International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA), organized by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 28-31 March 2010, around the theme “Scaling Up: Beyond Pilots.”

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LDC Eminent Persons Group Releases Report [viewed]

29 March 2011: The UN Secretary-General's Eminent Persons Group on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) has released its report, titled “Compact for Inclusive Growth and Prosperity.” The report finds that the structural limitations of LDCs must be addressed in order to close the gap between LDCs and the rest of the world, and outlines objectives and targets for a new Programme of Action (PoA), including on small island developing States (SIDS) and climate change.

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UNECA and AU Publish 2011 Economic Report on Africa [viewed]

29 March 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union (AU) have published the 2011 Economic Report on Africa, titled “Governing Development in Africa: The Role of the State in Economic Transformation.”

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Proposed Agenda and Draft Work Programme for EB 60 Released [viewed]

28 March 2011: The proposed agenda and draft work programme, together with the annotated agenda, for the 60th meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board, to be held from 11-15 April in Bangkok, Thailand, are now available.

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Report of 30th Meeting of CDM Small-Scale Working Group Published [viewed]

25 March 2011: The report of the 30th meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Small-Scale Working Group, which was held from 15-18 March 2011 in Bonn, Germany, is now available on the CDM website. The Small-Scale Working Group considers matters relating to small-scale CDM project activities.

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