Sustainable Development

Event: Third Intersessional Meeting for UNCSD [viewed]

As called for at the first PrepCom of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, also called Rio+20), three intersessional meetings will be convened, in addition to three PrepComs, to prepare for the June 2012 UNCSD event. Intersessional III is scheduled for 26-27 March 2012.  

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Event: Third PrepCom for UNCSD [viewed]

The UN General Assembly, in December 2009, adopted a resolution calling for a UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, also referred to as Rio+20) to be convened in Brazil in 2012. This meeting will mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), which convened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The General Assembly resolution specifies that a three-day PrepCom should convene in May 2010, a two-day PrepCom should convene in March 2011, and a three-day PrepCom should convene immediately before the UNCSD (PrepCom III). On 4 November 2011, Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, announced a proposal to change the dates to 13-15 June 2012 for PrepCom III and 20-22 June 2012 for the UNCSD, in order to allow for highest-level participation. The previously scheduled dates were 28-30 May 2012 for PrepCom III and 4-6 June 2012 for the UNCSD.  

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UNGA Refers Draft Outcome Document to MSI+5 [viewed]

13 September 2010: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has agreed by consensus to refer a draft outcome document (document A/64/L.68) to the high-level review meeting on the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) (MSI+5).

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Event: Caring for Climate Working Group on Climate Change and Development Webinar [viewed]

Caring for Climate (C4C), in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Resources Institute (WRI) and WWF, is creating a business working group aimed at enhancing the understanding of ways in which businesses can find strategic solutions throughout their operations and value chains to address the impacts of climate change on development. C4C is a voluntary and complementary action platform for UN Global Compact participants who seek to demonstrate leadership on the issue of climate change. The event is open to C4C signatories only.  

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EC President Outlines Five-year Programme [viewed]

7 September 2010: European Commission (EC) President Manuel Barroso sent a letter to the European Parliament to present his political guidelines for the next five years, including on climate change.

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Event: Future of Cities - ICLEI's 20th Anniversary Congress [viewed]

This Congress is organized by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. Partners include the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR). The four congress themes are: eco-efficiency (more with less); resilience (stability through flexibility); Green Economy (prosperity through change); and happiness (well-being as wealth).  

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Event: Fifth ITU Symposium on ICTs and the Environment and Climate Change [viewed]

The International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) fifth Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the Environment and Climate Change will be hosted and co-organized by Egypt's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs. It will focus on the issue of ICTs, the environment and climate change in Africa, as well as the needs of developing countries. Topics to be discussed include adaptation to climate change, e-waste, cost-effective ICT technologies, methodology of environmental impact assessment of ICT and financing of climate change solutions. The main purpose is to raise awareness of the importance and opportunities of using ICTs to monitor climate change, and to mitigate and address its effects. The symposium will issue the “Cairo Road Map,” a set of recommendations for action in relation to ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change.  

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UNFCCC Publishes CDM and JI FAQ Lists [viewed]

6 September 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published clarifications to “frequently asked questions” (FAQs) about the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI).  

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OECD Publishes Review of Republic of Korea's Green Growth Strategy [viewed]

July 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a working paper titled “Korea's Green Growth Strategy: Mitigating Climate Change and Developing New Growth Engines,” which assesses the Republic of Korea's strategies to reduce its carbon emissions by 30% by 2020.

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Event: DNA Training in Mexico [viewed]

This training event for Designated National Authorities (DNAs) for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will be held prior to the 10th DNA Forum.  

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