Sustainable Development

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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Event: Third OECD Urban Roundtable for Mayors and Ministers: Cities and Green Growth [viewed]

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in collaboration with the Club of Madrid and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, will host the 2010 Urban Roundtable for Mayors and Ministers to identify key policies for the contribution of cities to a global green growth strategy. The event will bring city majors, former heads of state and government, various ministers and business leaders together to form a common policy agenda for cities' contribution the global Green Growth Strategy the OECD is to develop under the auspices of the Declaration on Green Growth that was adopted by Ministers of Economy, Finance, Trade and Foreign Affairs of 34 countries in June 2009. Three themes will dominate the event: the importance of cities to the development of the Green Growth Strategy; the potential and reality of creating green jobs in urban areas; and national-local implementation and financing of green urban development.  

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UNESCAP 66th Commission Session Discusses Green Growth [viewed]

17 May 2010: The 66th Commission Session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) is convening from 13-19 May 2010, in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The event is gathering representatives from 53 regional countries and nine associate States and comprises a Senior Officials Segment from 13-15 May, and a Ministerial Segment from 17-19 May.

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