Sustainable Development

NGOs Urge Stronger Measures for Protection of Climate Refugees [viewed]

5 July 2012: Participants in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)'s Annual Consultations with NGOs have recommended developing stronger national and international frameworks to recognize and assist people displaced by climate change. According to the NGO representatives, in many situations, protection currently is based only on the goodwill of the countries concerned.

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Nordic Council Adopts Nidaros Declaration on Food Production and Green Growth [viewed]

28 June 2012: The Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Agriculture, Food and Forestry (MR-FJLS) has adopted the Nidaros Declaration, highlighting the role of primary food production and processing industries in green growth, and calling for increased sustainability and competitive production in the sector. 

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UNCCD Calls for Expressions of Interest for Lead Institution/Consortium to Organize 3rd Scientific Conference [viewed]

28 June 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has called for expressions of interest in organizing the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference, which will take place in 2014 under the theme “Combating desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) for poverty reduction and sustainable development: the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices.”

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UNDP's Annual Report Outlines “The Sustainable Future We Want” [viewed]

UNDP19 June 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) released its 2011-2012 Annual Report, “The Sustainable Future We Want,” which outlines UNDP's field programmes and its contributions to raising awareness and changing policy.

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Agriculture and Rural Development Day Issues Communiqué to Rio+20 [viewed]

22 June 2012: The Fourth Agriculture and Rural Development Day (ARDD) convened on 18 June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). ARDD aimed to promote concrete steps towards sustainable food systems, and to put agriculture at the core of sustainable development policies. The main message conveyed was that while agriculture is affected by climate change, it has a key role to play in addressing it.

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UNEP, EU Committee of the Regions Sign MoU on Sustainable Cities [viewed]

UNEP22 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the EU's Committee of the Regions (CoR). The MoU seeks to strengthen the role of local and regional authorities within the policy decision-making process, and emphasizes the importance of placing sustainable cities at the heart of the global strategy on sustainable development.

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Rio+20 Adopts "The Future We Want" Outcome Document, Voluntary Pledges Reported to Reach US$513 Billion [viewed]

22 June 2012: The third and final meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), Pre-Conference Informal Consultations Facilitated by the Host Country, and the UNCSD convened back-to-back in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 13-22 June 2012. During their ten days in Rio, government delegations concluded negotiations on the Rio outcome document, titled “The Future We Want.”

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ESMAP Reviews its 2009-11 Work on Clean Energy, Access and Efficiency [viewed]

22 June 2012: The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank released the report, “ESMAP 2012 Portfolio Review Fiscal Years 2009-2011,” which highlights results and outcomes of ESMAP projects and activities implemented since July 2008.

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Rio Pavilion Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Rio Conventions [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Rio Conventions at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), with events on 21 June 2012. Four panel sessions addressed: the launch of the pilot partnership on national implementation of synergies among the Rio Conventions; the launch of Mozambique's Green Economy Roadmap; the importance of the three Rio Conventions for poverty eradication; and integration of environment within the development framework by the UN system.

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G20 Los Cabos Declaration Reaffirms Commitment to Green Growth [viewed]

19 June 2012: The Group of 20 (G20) Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, which took place from 18-19 June 2012, concluded with the adoption of a declaration that addresses, among other items, employment and social protection, food security, the challenges of development, and longer-term prosperity through inclusive green growth.

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