Sustainable Development

Event: The Mediterranean City: A Conference on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

The Mediterranean City: A Conference on Climate Change Adaptation will initiate an ongoing collaboration of cities working together to share ideas, needs and strategies to adapt to the current and future impacts of climate change as they similarly affect the five Mediterranean-climate regions of the world. The conference will bring together an international network of experts from the academic, policy, business, public health and government worlds. Mediterranean-climate regions largely occur along the western edges of continents between the 30 degree and 40 degree parallels in both northern and southern hemispheres. The Mediterranean climate, moderated by cold ocean currents offshore, is characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. While these ecosystems cover just under three percent of the earth's land area, they contain about 20 percent of its plant biodiversity, including over 26, 000 endemic species.  

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ILO, Munich RE Foundation Highlight Innovations in Microinsurance [viewed]

ILO10 April 2012: The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Munich RE Foundation have released the second volume of "Microinsurance Compendium, Protecting the Poor," which highlights that the number of microinsured people has reached almost 500 million. The report emphasizes the role of microinsurance in poverty alleviation when combined with social protection, risk prevention, mitigation, and vulnerability reduction.

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World Bank, IMF Report on MDGs Progress [viewed]

April 2012: The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have published the 2012 Global Monitoring Report (GMR) on progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This year's edition, titled “Food Prices, Nutrition, and the Millennium Development Goals,” highlights the need to help developing countries deal with the harmful effects of higher and more volatile food prices.

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Event: IDB Climate Change and Sustainability Day [viewed]

The Inter-American Development Bank is organizing an event on Climate Change and Sustainability on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The event is open to the private and public sectors as well as civil society. Discussions will address, among other topics: mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilient low carbon development, biodiversity, sustainable energy and the challenges of a local level sustainability agenda.  

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Event: Global Bioenergy Partnership: 2nd Working Group on Capacity Building [viewed]

The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) Working Group on Capacity Building for Sustainable Bioenergy promotes the dissemination, use, and implementation of the outcomes of the GBEP Task Forces on GHG Methodologies and on Sustainability through activities and projects. GBEP and its Partners comprise 23 countries and 13 international organizations and institutions, including the: Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), European Commission, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), International Energy Agency (IEA), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Foundation, World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) and European Biomass Industry Association (EUBIA). A further 22 countries and 11 International Organizations and institutions are participating as Observers, including: the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), European Environment Agency (EEA), Global Environment Facility (GEF), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Organization of American States (OAS), Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA), World Bank and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Current GBEP Partners and Observers account for the majority of bioenergy produced in the world. GBEP Partners alone account for the vast majority of modern bioenergy, including liquid biofuels.  

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UN Chief Executives Board Releases Statement on Rio+20 [viewed]

17 April 2012: The UN System Chief Executives Board (CEB), which brings together the executive Heads of the organizations of the UN system and is chaired by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, developed a joint statement to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) at its recent meeting.

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FAO Stresses Need to Tackle Hunger to Achieve Sustainable Development [viewed]

FAO19 April 2012: Addressing the FAO Regional Conference for Europe, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, called ending hunger the world's “most urgent” challenge as the global community moves toward sustainable development objectives through the Rio+20 process.

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Nordic Council of Ministers Releases Report on Flexible Emissions Fees [viewed]

17 April 2012: The Nordic Council of Ministers has launched a report on using flexible emissions fees as an incentive to drive sustainable production and consumption. The report asks whether flexible emission fees could be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, while encouraging economic development, based on Anders Höglund's proposal for a Flexible Emissions Fee Mechanism.

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Event: World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings [viewed]

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring meetings gather Governors of the Bank and IMF to provide guidance to the management of the Bretton Woods institutions.  

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New EU-Pacific Partnership to Address Climate Change [viewed]

12 April 2012: With the aim of reinforcing its cooperation with Pacific countries to help address the impacts of climate change, including the effects of rising sea levels, the European Commission has issued a joint communication titled “Towards a renewed EU-Pacific development partnership.” The partnership aims to effectively address climate change and development in a coordinated manner.

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