Sustainable Development

Event: EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015 [viewed]

EU Sustainable Energy Week will bring together public authorities, energy agencies, research organizations, NGOs, businesses and private consumers to share best practices and ideas on secure, clean and efficient energy. The week will consist of: the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards in the categories of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and cities, communities and regions; Sustainable Energy Days throughout June; and the 2015 EU Sustainable Energy Week Policy Conference from 16-18 June. The Policy Conference will bring together energy experts, policymakers, civil society representatives and the members of the media. Sessions will cover, inter alia, public-private partnerships as a tool to accelerate energy innovation; an energy efficiency investment framework; the potential of the building and heating and cooling sectors; and women in renewable energy.  

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Task Force Estimates US$320 Billion/Year Needed for China's Environmental Targets [viewed]

unep_china22 April 2015: China's central bank and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the final report of the jointly convened Green Finance Task Force, which estimates that US$320 billion worth of investment will be needed annually to meet China's environmental targets, and recommends measures to create the incentives for private sector financing.

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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World [viewed]

ban_ki_moon_concert22 April 2015: In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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Seventh Summit of the Americas Addresses Climate, Energy Access, SDGs [viewed]

vii_cumbre_de_las_americas12 April 2015: The Seventh Summit of the Americas met under the theme, ‘Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas,' and discussed education, health, energy, environment, migration, security, citizen participation and democratic governance, among other topics. Addressing the Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the region's contribution to defining the post-2015 development agenda and to discussions on climate-related issues. He noted that Caribbean countries have played a particularly significant role in placing climate issues on the global agenda.

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Global Soil Week Considers Role of Soil Carbon in Uniting Post-2015 Land, Soil Science and Climate Agendas [viewed]

global_soil_unccd21 April 2015: A focus on soil carbon sequestration could offer a common entry point for improved collaboration among science-policy bodies dealing with different aspects of land management, soil science and climate change. These were among the conclusions of a joint session led by the Science-Policy Interface (SPI) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) on the opening day of the Third Global Soil Week.

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Beating Famine Conference Discusses Upscaling of Evergreen Agriculture in African Drylands [viewed]

beating_famine21 April 2015: The Beating Famine Southern Africa Conference, held 14-17 April 2015, in Lilongwe, Malawi, explored strategies for expanding farmer-managed natural regeneration, alongside other sustainable land management practices, to help smallholder farmers boost their productivity and resilience to climate change. The conference also discussed ways to align these strategies with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other international aspirations, while preserving a “unique Southern African voice.”

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EC Communication Outlines Positions on Post-2015, FfD [viewed]

ec16 April 2015: Participants discussed the latest Communication by the European Commission (EC) on the post-2015 development agenda, at an event organized by the European Economic and Social Committee's Sustainable Development Observatory. The Communication outlines the EC's views on the overarching principles and main components for supporting and implementing the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UN Deputy Secretary-General: Sustainable Energy Central to Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

SE4ALL16 April 2015: During a briefing delivered to UN Member States, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson stressed the critical role energy must play in a new global development agenda. Speaking about the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, Eliasson illustrated the interconnectedness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the three goals of SE4ALL.

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Event: Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development [viewed]

This event is being organized by the Vatican and has the objective of raising awareness and building consensus around sustainable development values and ensuring they cohere with the values of religious traditions, with a special focus on the most vulnerable. The event will also aim to: increase the debate on the moral dimensions of protecting the environment in advance of the papal encyclical; and help build a global movement across all religions for sustainable development and climate change throughout 2015 and beyond.

 The event will result in a joint statement on the moral and religious imperative of sustainable development, emphasizing the connection between respect for the environment and respect for people, particularly the poor, the excluded, victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, children and future generations. Vatican officials plus 60 high-level invitees (20 science, business, diplomatic and development experts; 20 religious leaders; and 20 academics and scholars) are expected to attend, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  

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Event: UNGA Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will host an inclusive, interactive dialogue on the theme, ‘Harmony with Nature: Towards achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) including addressing climate change in the post-2015 development agenda' in commemoration of Mother Earth Day. The dialogue will: provide an opportunity to reflect on the relationship between humanity and nature; promote the understanding of the Harmony with Nature paradigm; examine how Harmony with Nature can contribute to achievement of the SDGs; and provide examples on how society would need to function to be consistent with a Harmony with Nature paradigm. The dialogue will include an opening segment and multi-stakeholder panel discussions and will result in an UNGA President's summary.  

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