Sustainable Development

European Commission Launches Search for European Green Capital 2015 [viewed]

15 June 2012: The European Commission has initiated the search for the city that will win the title European Green Capital 2015. The title is awarded to a city that serves as a role model for others by providing environmentally-friendly urban living that is “fit for life.”

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World Day to Combat Desertification Celebrated at Rio+20 [viewed]

17 June 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is marking World Day to Combat Desertification, which is celebrated annually on 17 June, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, just a few days before the opening of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). 

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UNGA President Releases DRR Debate Summary [viewed]

13 June 2012: The President of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has released his summary of the Assembly's Thematic Debate on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), which was held in New York, US, on 12 April 2012. The debate aimed to support and advance dialogue on how best to integrate the DRR approach into the outcome of the Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: Across the Regions: SIDS Solutions for Sustainable Development [viewed]

The Commonwealth Secretariat, in partnership with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), the Indian Ocean Commission (COI), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP), is organizing this high-level panel discussion on the sidelines of the UN Conference for Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The event aims to highlight the sustainable development concerns of small island developing States (SIDS). The event will also see the launch of a joint initiative to explore new ways to support climate resilient and low carbon economies, across the three sub-regions, through the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU).  

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Event: Equator Prize Award Ceremony [viewed]

The Equator Prize is awarded biannually to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize spotlights 25 local initiatives by honoring them on an international stage. The event, hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), will include a special musical performance by Gilberto Gil, and will take place on the sidelines fo the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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FAO Calls for Energy-Smart Food Production [viewed]

FAO14 June 2012: In a study on energy-smart food, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) stresses that agriculture's dependence on fossil fuels is undermining efforts to build a more sustainable world economy. The study was released in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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European Environment Ministers Discuss 7th Action Programme [viewed]

11 June 2012: The European Environment Ministers met in the Environment Council to adopt conclusions on setting the framework for the 7th EU Environment Action Programme (EAP) and on preparations for key biodiversity and climate meetings, among other items.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Opens with Reflections on the Roads from Rio [viewed]

13 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) opened on 13 June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in parallel with the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The Pavilion began with an event presented by the International Institute for Sustainable Development Reporting Services (IISD RS) on “Roads from Rio,” followed with a reception sponsored by the Rio Conventions (the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Event: Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development [viewed]

This side event will be held during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and will focus on renewable energy for sustainable development, biogas, hydro-energy and biofuels. It will also include the launch of the International Center of Renewable Energy Biogas, in the framework of the Observatory for Renewable Energy for Latin America and the Caribbean. The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will also address the potentials of sustainable energy solutions in contributing to employment creation and poverty alleviation. The event is being organized by the Federations of Industries of São Paulo (SFIESP) and Rio de Janeiro (FIRJAN) states, UNIDO, Eletrobras, ITAIPU Binacional, Brazilian Ministry of Energy, Roberto Marinho Foundation, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA), and Rio City Hall.  

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Maurice Strong Outlines Potential Rio+20 Outcomes [viewed]

UNEP11 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a column authored by Maurice Strong, senior adviser to the Secretary-General of Rio+20, and Secretary-General of the 1992 Earth Summit, on the potential outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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