Sustainable Development

UNECE and International Union of Railways Sign MoU [viewed]

26 May 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Union of Railways (UIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 24 May 2010, in Prague, Czech Republic. The MoU aims to further strengthen the cooperation between UNECE and UIC in the pursuit of the integration and development of the European transport of goods and passengers by railways, with a view to developing sustainable transport and promoting environment and health friendly transport systems to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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ASEAN-EU Summit Discusses Energy and Climate Change Cooperation [viewed]

L-R: Mohamed Bolkiah & Miguel Moratinos26 May 2010: The 18th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting, held in Madrid, Spain, on 26 May 2010, under the theme “Partners in Regional Integration,” addressed climate change and energy cooperation, among other issues.

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UNCCD and UNFF Sign Memorandum of Understanding [viewed]

25 May 2010: The Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that stresses the need to work together to fight land degradation, including in forests.

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UNEP and GEF to Help Reduce World Cup's Carbon Footprint [viewed]

25 May 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have announced an initiative to reduce the carbon footprint of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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UNDP Releases Third Adaptation Newsletter [viewed]

24 May 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the third issue of its Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin. The newsletter features articles on: support to 22 least developed countries (LDCs); the Africa Adaptation Programme, financed by the Government of Japan and implemented in 20 countries; and country updates on the preparation and implementation of National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) with preparatory work expected to start in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Chad and Togo.

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First UNCSD PrepCom Discusses Substantive and Procedural Issues Related to Rio+20 Event [viewed]

19 May 2010: The first session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) convened from 17-19 May 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) took up both substantive and procedural matters.

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UNEP-WCMC Launches Global Island Database [viewed]

10 May 2010: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) launched the Global Island Database (GID) during the small island developing States (SIDS) Day held during the 18th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in New York, US, on 10 May 2010. The GID reflects five of the themes important for islands, as identified by the Island Biodiversity Programme of Work (IBPoW) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), namely biodiversity, climate change, invasive species, pollution and sustainability.

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OECD Releases Report on Development Cooperation [viewed]

May 2010: The Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released the "Development Cooperation Report 2010," which is the key annual reference for statistics and analysis on the latest trends in international aid.

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UNDP Releases Policy Brief on South-South Cooperation [viewed]

May 2010: The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a policy brief titled "South-South Cooperation - The Same Old Game or a New Paradigm?" The brief addresses various dimensions of the challenges and opportunities arising from the rapid increase in the number of emerging economies due to their greater involvement in development cooperation to address global challenges, such as industrial development, technology transfer and climate change.

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UNESCO's Executive Board Welcomes Initiative on Climate Change [viewed]

30 April 2010: The 184th session of the Executive Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) took place in Paris, France, from 30 March-15 April 2010. Among other agenda items, the Board took note of UNESCO's ongoing work on climate change and welcomed the new Initiative on Climate Change, which will give special attention to UNESCO's two global priorities, Africa and gender equality, as well as to the increased vulnerability of small island developing States (SIDS).

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