Sustainable Development

Event: 13th Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is organizing the 13th Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-13) in preparation for the 12th special session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF), which will convene from 20-22 February 2012.  

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WEF Addresses Energy Poverty, Rio+20 [viewed]

30 January 2012: The World Economic Forum (WEF) held its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, from 25-29 January 2012, gathering industry, business, government and other world leaders to discuss current issues. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participated in two panels, on ending energy poverty and on the perspectives for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), warning “we cannot build a green economy on the backs of the poorest and most vulnerable people.”

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GSP Report Calls for Making Social and Environmental Costs Transparent [viewed]

30 January 2012: The UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) has released its final report, titled “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing.” The report's 56 recommendations seek to mainstream sustainable development into economic policy, by integrating social and environmental costs into pricing and measuring of economic activities.

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UN Secretary-General Outlines "The Future We Want" [viewed]

25 January 2012: In a statement titled, “The Future We Want” delivered at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined his plans for action over the next five years. He underscored sustainable development as first in his list of “five generational opportunities to creatively deliver on our core mission." His vision for advancing on sustainable development includes making progress on climate change, sustainable energy, and empowerment of women.

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UNDP Calls for "Energy Plus" Approach to Reduce Poverty in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

19 January 2012: A report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) calls for an “energy plus” approach to sustainably reduce poverty by combining access to modern energy for heating, cooking and electricity with measures for income generation and improvement of health and education services.

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Global Bioenergy Partnership Publishes Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy [viewed]

16 January 2012:  The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) has published a report titled "The Global Bioenergy Partnership Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy," which represents the first global, government-level consensus on sustainability indicators for bioenergy. 

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ECLAC Circular Discusses Water in the Green Economy [viewed]

January 2012: Issue No. 35 of the "Circular of the Network for Cooperation in Integrated Water Resource Management for Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean" includes a discussion of Latin America's input to the International Conference “Water in the Green Economy in Practice: Towards Rio+20,” which convened from 3-5 October 2011, in Zaragoza, Spain.

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UNEP Highlights Role of Ecosystem Management in Africa's Development [viewed]

UNEP17 January 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the seventh issue in its Policy Series on Ecosystem Management, titled “Putting Ecosystem Management in the Vision of Africa's Development: Towards a Sustainable Green Economy.” The brief addresses the foundational significance of ecosystems for human well-being in the African region.

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ICAO Journal Focuses on Aviation and Sustainability [viewed]

17 January 2012: The latest issue of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Journal contains a number of articles on aviation and sustainability, including on: state action plans on emissions mitigation; economic measures to address carbon impacts; alternative fuels development; economic sustainability concerns; and aviation's role in global aid and social development.

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UN Secretary-General Launches International Year of Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

16 January 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All during his address to the opening ceremony of the fifth World Future Energy Summit (WFES), stressing the need to end energy poverty to ensure equal opportunities.

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