Sustainable Development

BRICS Environment Ministers Discuss Green Economy, Climate Change [viewed]

brics22 April 2015: The Environment Ministers of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) gathered for their first official meeting, to discuss green economy development and cooperation in tackling climate change. The Ministers highlighted that sustainable development should address in particular: poverty eradication; changing unsustainable and promoting sustainable patterns of consumption and production (SCP); protecting and managing the natural resource base of economic and social development; and addressing climate change.

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Event: Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 PCCR, a bi-annual meeting of regional and national governments, organizations and donors involved in climate change activities in the Pacific, aims to: update the region on the latest climate change science and finance issues and their implications for the region and the UNFCCC negotiations; review implementation of the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC) against its agreed monitoring and evaluation indicators; strengthen networking, partnerships and collaborations among Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) and their partners on climate change and sustainable development; and discuss the Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development Plan (SRDP). Following the meeting, Pacific Island countries will hold a closed preparatory meeting on 15 May 2015 for the June 2015 UNFCCC negotiations.  

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Event: OECD Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum [viewed]

The 2015 Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum (GGSD Forum) is organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on the theme of 'Enabling the Next Industrial Revolution: The role of systems thinking and innovation policy in promoting green growth'. The event will discuss how to foster the "next industrial revolution" through policies for systems innovation, drawing on the work of several OECD committees, including the Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP), the Committee on Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE), the Environment Policy Committee, the Economic Policy Committee and the Chemicals Committee.  

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Event: UNESCO Expert Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development in the Arab States [viewed]

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is hosting this meeting to explore the challenges that climate change is posing and will pose to education systems in the Arab region. Given the weather extremes that affect Arab countries, especially with the onset of climate change, UNESCO envisions a robust role for education in adaptation and mitigation. Recommendations formulated at the meeting will inform UNESCO's work in the region under its Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development.  

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CPF Publishes Highlights from 2013-2014 [viewed]

CPF5 May 2015: In celebration of it 15th anniversary, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) released a review of its activities in 2013 and 2014. In the document, CPF underlines its continually growing commitment to sustainable forest management (SFM) and shows how it has set the stage over the past two years for negotiating the future International Arrangement on Forests (IAF), as well as the forest-related aspects of the expected climate change agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015.

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UNFCCC Summarizes Cooperative Activities [viewed]

UNFCCC30 April 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document that summarizes key cooperative activities it has carried out with other international organizations since April 2014. The document summarizes key activities in the areas of: technology; finance; capacity building; adaptation; mitigation; climate knowledge, comprised of science, research and systematic observation; gender; cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariats through the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions; the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda; contribution of the private sector through the UN Global Compact; and communications.

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WHO Assesses Air Pollution Cost in Europe [viewed]

oecd_who28 April 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have published a report, titled ‘Economic cost of the health impact of air pollution in Europe: Clean air, health and wealth,' which assesses the economic burden of deaths and diseases resulting from outdoor and indoor air pollution in region.

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Scientific Advisory Board Highlights Science, Technology and Innovation as MOI [viewed]

United Nations29 April 2015: Members of the UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) called for improving the interface between science and policy in order to develop and implement solutions to global challenges. The call was made at a roundtable with UN Member States on means of implementation (MOI) and the post-2015 development agenda. The Board also underscored the importance of science in facilitating transformations toward local low-carbon economies and sustainable urbanization.

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World Green Economy Summit 2015 Issues Second Dubai Declaration [viewed]

wges23 April 2015: The World Green Economy Summit (WGES) 2015, an initiative of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), brought together local and international experts and stakeholders to discuss key topics on the green economy agenda, and concluded with the Second Dubai Declaration on the development of the green economy in Dubai and globally.

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Pontifical Academy of Sciences Holds Workshop on Climate Change, Sustainable Development [viewed]

pontifical_academy_sciences29 April 2015: A recent workshop, titled ‘Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Humanity,' aimed to: help strengthen the global consensus on the importance of climate change in the context of sustainable development; elevate the importance of the moral dimensions of protecting the environment in advance of the Papal encyclical; and build a global movement to address climate change and sustainable development.

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