Sustainable Development

ITU and Telefónica Launch Sustainable Energy for All Mobile App Competitions [viewed]

1 February 2012: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Telefónica have launched two challenges for the creation of new mobile applications (or “apps”) that address the issue of sustainable energy for all. The challenges seek to uncover innovative information and communication technology (ICT) approaches to support the 2012 International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.

read more »

UNRISD Releases Film on the Social Dimensions of the Green Economy [viewed]

5 January 2012: The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) has released a short film titled "Green Economy and Sustainable Development: Bringing Back the Social," which explores the green economy's potential as a path to inclusive, sustainable development and poverty eradication.

read more »

Intergovernmental Meeting on the GEO-5 SPM Reviews Report [viewed]

31 January 2012: The Intergovernmental Meeting on the Fifth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5) Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) concluded after three days of delibaration. The GEO-5 SPM highlights a number on innovative responses that are required to meet internationally agreed goals in areas such as biodiversity, sustainable development and climate change.

read more »

UNEP Preparing Draft Medium-Term Strategy [viewed]

UNEP30 January 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has circulated a draft of its Medium-Term Strategy (MTS) 2014-2017 to organizations accredited to UNEP. The MTS is intended to guide the work of UNEP for the four-year period and provide a framework for measuring progress, achievements and results.

read more »

Event: 13th Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is organizing the 13th Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-13) in preparation for the 12th special session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF), which will convene from 20-22 February 2012.  

read more »

WEF Addresses Energy Poverty, Rio+20 [viewed]

30 January 2012: The World Economic Forum (WEF) held its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, from 25-29 January 2012, gathering industry, business, government and other world leaders to discuss current issues. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participated in two panels, on ending energy poverty and on the perspectives for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), warning “we cannot build a green economy on the backs of the poorest and most vulnerable people.”

read more »

GSP Report Calls for Making Social and Environmental Costs Transparent [viewed]

30 January 2012: The UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) has released its final report, titled “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing.” The report's 56 recommendations seek to mainstream sustainable development into economic policy, by integrating social and environmental costs into pricing and measuring of economic activities.

read more »

UN Secretary-General Outlines "The Future We Want" [viewed]

25 January 2012: In a statement titled, “The Future We Want” delivered at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined his plans for action over the next five years. He underscored sustainable development as first in his list of “five generational opportunities to creatively deliver on our core mission." His vision for advancing on sustainable development includes making progress on climate change, sustainable energy, and empowerment of women.

read more »

UNDP Calls for "Energy Plus" Approach to Reduce Poverty in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

19 January 2012: A report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) calls for an “energy plus” approach to sustainably reduce poverty by combining access to modern energy for heating, cooking and electricity with measures for income generation and improvement of health and education services.

read more »

Global Bioenergy Partnership Publishes Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy [viewed]

16 January 2012:  The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) has published a report titled "The Global Bioenergy Partnership Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy," which represents the first global, government-level consensus on sustainability indicators for bioenergy. 

read more »