Sustainable Development

Shortlist for 2014 European Green Capital Award Released [viewed]

12 April 2012: The European Commission has announced that out of 18 applicants for the 2014 European Green Capital award, Bristol, Copenhagen and Frankfurt have been named as finalists. The award is presented annually to a city that represents “the vanguard of environmentally friendly urban living,” with cities being judged, inter alia, on: climate change contributions; transport; sustainable land use; nature and biodiversity; air quality; water production and management; water consumption and treatment; sustainable employment; and energy performance.

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UN Global Compact Appoints WindMade as Sustainability Partner [viewed]

11 April 2012: UN Global Compact has appointed WindMade as its Sustainability Partner of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Corporate Sustainability Forum.

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CBD Secretariat Outlines Planned Activities at UNCSD [viewed]

CBD5 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated a notification outlining its contribution to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), including the Rio Conventions Pavilion, briefings on the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) as an instrument for sustainable development, and the message to be prepared by the CBD Working Group on Review of Implementation (WGRI) on the role of biodiversity for sustainable development.

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Draft Ramsar COP 11 Resolutions Released [viewed]

6 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that, following the approval by the Standing Committee of the draft resolutions for consideration by the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11), the Secretariat has finalized and translated all the draft resolutions into the three Convention languages (English, French and Spanish).

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Second Global Transition Dialogue Considers Green Economy [viewed]

18 March 2012: The Second Global Transition 2012 Dialogue on the New Economy focused on a number of issues related to the green economy during a weekend event on the sidelines of negotiations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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AOSIS Chair: IFSD Must be Strengthened to Meet Needs of SIDS [viewed]

21 March 2012: The Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), Marlene Moses, has highlighted the Alliance's three main objectives for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), including achievement of the recognition of the special challenges of small island developing states (SIDS) in development and environmental degradation.

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Event: 23rd Meeting of the FAO Committee on Agriculture [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)'s Committee on Agriculture (COAG) will consider technical work relating to: options for stakeholder dialogue in support of sustainable livestock developments; sustainable crop production intensification; perspectives of land and water resources in a changing climate; and improving statistics for food security, sustainable agriculture and rural development.  

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Event: UN General Assembly Thematic Debate on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

The preparatory process of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) has identified "disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience" as one of the emerging issues in the context of sustainable development. The 66th President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, is convening this debate on addressing disaster risk through public investment decisions. The objective is to support and advance the dialogue already underway on how best to integrate the DRR approach into the Rio+20 outcomes.  

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GEF STAP Hosts Panel on Outcomes of 2012 Planet Under Pressure Conference [viewed]

29 March 2012: The biannual meeting of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) convened a high-level panel on how to leverage the outcomes of the 2012 Planet Under Pressure Conference to inform the GEF process.

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ACTO Environment Ministers Adopt Lima Declaration, Agree to Combat Illegal Mining [viewed]

ACTO21 March 2012: The second meeting of the Environment Ministers of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) adopted a "Lima Declaration" agreeing on joint actions on environmental policy, including annual Environmental Ministerials and closer coordination in implementing multilateral environment agreements (MEAs). They also recommended that ACTO form a special working group to draft a common strategy to combat illegal mining in the Amazon Basin.

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