Sustainable Development

FAO's State of the World's Forests 2012 Highlights Forests' Contribution to Development Goals [viewed]

FAO19 June 2012: The State of the World's Forests 2012 (SOFO 2012), published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), argues that forests should be placed at the heart of a green economy. The report was launched at a side event organized by FAO, and its partners, Brazilian Pulp and Paper Association (Bracelpa) and the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA), held during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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IEA Chief Stresses Positive Impacts of Achieving Universal Energy Access [viewed]

IEA14 June 2012: In an article published in the Commonwealth Ministers Reference Book, Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), underlines that making access to modern energy services universal would have no real negative impact on energy security or climate change globally, but rather would radically improve the lives of billions of energy poor.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for Business Day [viewed]

18 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) convened for Business Day, bringing together business stakeholders, and high-level speakers from the Rio Conventions and intergovernmental organizations to discuss the role of business in sustainable development, and how the private sector can facilitate the transition to a green economy.

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Climate Change Task Force Issues Call to Action [viewed]

18 June 2012: The Climate Change Task Force has issued a Statement on Action to Face the Urgent Realities of Climate Change, calling on world leaders to take urgent action to address climate change in order to ensure the transition to sustainable, just and secure development.

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Oceans Day at Rio Pavilion Celebrates Ten Years of the Global Ocean Forum [viewed]

16 June 2012: Oceans Day took place at the Rio Conventions Pavilion, on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The event consisted of seven panels, a lunch celebrating ten years of the Global Ocean Forum and the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and a closing session presenting the outcomes of Oceans Day to the Rio+20 process.

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World Bank, Mexico Release Report on Disaster Risks and Financial Resilience [viewed]

World Bank16 June 2012: The Government of Mexico and the World Bank released a joint report on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G20) Summit convening in Los Cabos, Mexico, titled “Improving the Assessment of Disaster Risks to Strengthen Financial Resilience.” The report outlines how the G20, the World Bank, and other international partners can cooperate with national and local authorities to address disaster and financial resilience risks.

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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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