Sustainable Development

UN Report Highlights Sustainable Development Challenges in Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

23 March 2012: A new report on sustainable development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, prepared by 13 UN agencies, has highlighted the need for the region to remove fossil fuel subsidies, invest in green jobs, and establish social protection floors in order to ensure a sustainable future.

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Event: UNGA-66 Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

Mandated by UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 66/204, this interactive dialogue aims to examine the scientific findings on the impacts of human activities on the functioning the Earth System. It will also explore how human activity has damaged the Earth System, especially by focusing on those areas where such damage has already affected the regenerative capacity of the planet. The dialogue is intended to promote an exchange of ideas and experiences from multiple perspectives, with particular attention to the contribution of science. It is expected to provide an accurate diagnosis of the negative impacts of human activity on the Earth System, and outline institutional responses to catalyze science for sustainable development.  

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Aviation Summit Calls for Global Framework on Emissions Reductions [viewed]

22 March 2012: The sixth Aviation and Environment Summit discussed the contribution of the aviation industry to sustainable development. The Summit concluded with the adoption of an industry declaration titled "Aviation Benefits Beyond Boundaries," as a joint message to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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World Water Day Focuses on Food Security [viewed]

22 March 2012: The 2012 edition of World Water Day, which is held every year on 22 March, focused on the theme "water and food security." The official UN-Water celebrations were coordinated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), who noted that a 50% reduction in food waste would save 1350 km3 of water per year.

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EBRD Funds First Wind Energy Farm in Mongolia [viewed]

20 March 2012: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is investing in the first privately-owned wind farm in Mongolia, the Salkhit wind farm.

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UN DESA Brief Highlights Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport in Emerging and Developing Economies [viewed]

RIO+20March 2012: The March Issues Brief of the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) highlights the transport sector in countries with emerging and developing economies, noting that rapid urbanization is changing the transport sector in these countries.

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UN Secretary-General Presents Summary Report of High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability [viewed]

16 March 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented a summary of the Report of the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability to an informal plenary session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) convened for that purpose. The report, titled “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing,” presents recommendations for eradicating poverty and reducing inequality, while combating climate change.

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Event: International Conference on Agriculture and Environment [viewed]

This conference is organized around the theme "Agricultural Production and Economic Growth in Harmony with the Environment: A Shared Vision in the Context of Climate Change." It will be hosted by the Honduran Government and Zamorano University, with support from the Inter-American Institute on Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD), the Central American Commission on Agriculture (CAC), and several international organizations related to agriculture. The conference is intended to help prepare the eight Member States of the Central American Integration System (SICA) for negotiations on issues related to food, biomass and other agricultural production in upcoming global talks on biodiversity, biosafety and climate change, as well as the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20).  

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6th World Water Forum Adopts Marseille Declaration [viewed]

17 March 2012: The 6th World Water Forum, which was organized around the theme “Time for Solutions,” concluded with adoption of the Marseille Ministerial Declaration. Key issues addressed during the Forum included: access to drinking water and sanitation; contributions to a green economy; resilience and adaptation to climate change; and governance and financing.

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Event: Fourth International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification: Implementing Rio+20 for Drylands and Desertification [viewed]

The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, along with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Israeli Foreign Ministry, are orgainzing the Fourth International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification (DDD). This conference will gather scientists, field workers, industry representatives, government workers, civil society organizations, international development aid agencies and other stakeholders from over 60 countries to discuss issues related to land degradation in the drylands, and their sustainable use and development. The 2012 conference will focus on the outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and will consider the science required for implementing the UNCSD's recommendations relevant to drylands and desertification. Local case studies will be highlighted alongside success stories from around the world with an emphasis on indicators of progress. Additional sessions will be held considering a broad range of topics associated with sustainable living in the drylands and the means to address desertification, as well as achieving the target of zero net rate of land degradation. Registration opens on 1 April and the abstract submission deadline is 17 June.  

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