Sustainable Development

UNIDO Displays Work on Green Industry at Shanghai Expo [viewed]

23 May 2010: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is presenting its work on “Green Industry for a better life” at the Shanghai Expo, which itself is themed “Better cities, Better lives.”

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Global Climate Change Alliance Regional Conference for Asia Held [viewed]

31 May 2010: Representatives of the EU, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar and Nepal participated in Asia's regional conference of the Global Climate Change Alliance on 30-31 May 2010, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The regional conference took stock of challenges posed by climate change in Asia, focusing on vulnerable countries' specific problems, strategies and response actions, existing financial mechanisms and prospects for reaching an effective global agreement on climate change.

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First World Congress on Cities and Adaptation Adopts Bonn Declaration [viewed]

30 May 2010: The first World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change, which addressed the theme "Resilient Cities 2010," convened from 28-30 May 2010, in Bonn, Germany. The Congress was organized by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainable Development, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and the City of Bonn, and it sought to support the implementation of the UNFCCC Nairobi Work Programme on Adaptation by providing a forum for exchange, learning, networking, debating and policy making on approaches and solutions for climate change adaptation and resilience-building in cities and municipalities, including local adaptation practices.

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OECD Ministerial Meeting Addresses Green Growth [viewed]

28 May 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) held its Ministerial Council Meeting from 27-28 May 2010, at OECD headquarters in Paris, France, which focused on, inter alia, strategies to enable and enhance innovation, and green growth.

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OECD Publishes Interim Report on Green Growth Strategy [viewed]

28 May 2010: During its Ministerial Council Meeting, which took place in Paris, France, from 27-28 May 2010, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the "Interim Report of the Green Growth Strategy - Implementing our Commitment for a Sustainable Future."

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OECD Publishes Report on Innovation [viewed]

28 May 2010: During its Ministerial Council Meeting, which took place in Paris, France, from 27-28 May 2010, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a report titled “The OECD Innovation Strategy: Getting a Head Start on Tomorrow.” 

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Arctic Biodiversity Assessment Highlights Rapid Changes for Arctic Flora and Fauna [viewed]

27 May 2010: A new report synthesizing scientific findings on the status and trends for selected biodiversity in the Arctic indicates that unique Arctic habitats for flora and fauna, including sea ice, tundra, lakes and peatlands, have been disappearing over recent decades, and some characteristic Arctic species have shown a decline. Changes in Arctic biodiversity have global repercussions and are further creating challenges for people living in the Arctic.

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World Bank Releases Annual Report on State and Trends of the Carbon Market [viewed]

26 May 2010: The World Bank released its annual State and Trends of the Carbon Market report at Carbon Expo in Cologne, Germany, on 26 May. The report indicates that the value of the global carbon market grew six percent, to US$144 billion, in 2009 despite being its most challenging year to date.

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Africa Progress Panel Report 2010 Released [viewed]

25 May 2010: Africa Progress Panel members Kofi Annan, Peter Eigen, Linah Mohohlo and Olusegun Obasanjo launched the Africa Progress Report 2010 on 25 May 2010, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The publication analyzes the continent's progress and issues recommendations regarding climate change, among other issues, to African leaders and the continent's international partners. 

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UNECE and International Union of Railways Sign MoU [viewed]

26 May 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Union of Railways (UIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 24 May 2010, in Prague, Czech Republic. The MoU aims to further strengthen the cooperation between UNECE and UIC in the pursuit of the integration and development of the European transport of goods and passengers by railways, with a view to developing sustainable transport and promoting environment and health friendly transport systems to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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