Sustainable Development

Guest Article #76: Indian Ocean Islands Call on Rio+20 to Focus on Climate Change [viewed]

“Islands are the barometers of international environmental policies. The entire world will first witness their success or their failure on our islands.” These words, of James Michel, the President of Seychelles, deserve to be spoken out loud as delegates from small island developing States (SIDS) gear up to defend their interests at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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World Bank Publishes Comprehensive Book on Low Carbon Urban Development in China [viewed]

Sustainable Low-Carbon City Development in China3 May 2012: The World Bank published a book titled, “Sustainable Low-Carbon City Development in China,” offering practical lessons to policymakers in China to organize and coordinate sustainable low-carbon urban development.

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IPCC Chair Highlights Role of Sustainable Energy in Improving Human Welfare [viewed]

23 April 2012: The Rio+Solutions website has published a guest article, titled “Sustainable energy for all: A worthy goal,” authored by Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in which he highlights the potential of “sustainable energy for all” to improve human welfare and create large-scale economic benefits.

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Event: Third Informal Informal Consultations on the UNCSD Outcome Document [viewed]

The Bureau of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) announced, on 4 May 2012, that an additional week of informal informal consultations on the UNCSD outcome document would take place from 29 May-2 June 2012.  

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UNIDO Director-General to Receive Global Leadership Award [viewed]

3 May 2012: Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), will be presented with the Global Leadership Award for his work addressing various global issues, including sustainable energy, poverty reduction, climate change and the advancement of the Millennium Development Goals.

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Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories Council to Focus on Sustainable Development [viewed]

27 April 2012: High-level political representatives from ten Caribbean islands have formed the Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) Council, which will focus on sustainable development, including work on climate change and renewable energy, in its cooperation with the EU.

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UNCCD Invites Youth to Send Submissions on Their Views on Land [viewed]

April 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has invited children and youth to submit their views on land, including on why taking care of the land matters and what youth are doing about it.

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GEF's Greenline Highlights Work on Energy Efficiency and Mercury [viewed]

GEFApril 2012: The April issue of the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) “Greenline” newsletter presents publications on energy efficiency, mercury management, and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Meeting Calls for Joint Action on Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

World Bank27 April 2012: Donor and developing country officials convened during the World Bank/International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring Meetings to reaffirm commitments to mainstreaming disaster resilience in development planning and the link between disaster reduction and climate change adaptation. 

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GEF Promotes Renewable Energy Mini-Grids in Chad [viewed]

GEF12 April 2012: The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) has approved a US$1.8 million project promoting renewable energy-based mini-grids for rural electrification and productive uses in Chad.

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