Sustainable Development

DESA News Highlights UNCSD Intersessional II, Second Committee Conclusion [viewed]

January 2012: The latest issue of "DESA News," the newsletter from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, features two recent developments related to sustainable development: the Second Intersessional Meeting of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and the conclusion of the work of the 66th UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee.

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UNRISD Paper Examines Social Dimensions of the Global Political Economy of REDD+ [viewed]

30 December 2011: The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) has published a paper on how different actors bring the social dimension into the negotiating process for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries) at the global level.

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Assessing 66th Session, UNGA President Highlights Disaster Readiness, Sustainable Development [viewed]

31 December 2011: Closing the main part of the 66th UN General Assembly (UNGA), President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser outlined significant developments during his tenure. At a press conference on 22 December, he described the preceding three months as “among the most exciting of my two-decade experience of diplomatic service." He highlighted upcoming events and called for support for the Assembly's work in 2012, which will include disaster readiness and sustainable development.

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Event: 18th Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

This biennial meeting of Environment Ministers is organized by the regional office of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The Preparatory Meeting of High-Level Experts will take place from 31 January-1 February 2012, and will be followed by the Ministerial Segment on 2-3 February. Among other things, the Ministers are to review the implementation of the Rio 1992 commitments and agreements, and deliberate on new, emerging and priority issues for the region and other issues on the road to the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The Ministers are also expected to discuss cooperation on sustainable consumption and production, environmental indicators, and the way forward in negotiating a regional framework agreement on atmospheric pollution that includes emissions of short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs) such as methane, black carbon, ozone precursors, and many hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).  

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Event: ECLAC Roundtable on "Opportunities and Challenges of Climate Change for the Economic and Social Development of Latin America" [viewed]

 

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Last Update for 2011 [viewed]

We at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We will resume publication of our knowledgebases on 3 January 2012. Thank you for your support during 2011.

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"Making it Happen" Features DRR Needs for Rio+20 [viewed]

RIO+2015 December 2011: The latest issue of the newsletter from the Secretariat of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), "Rio+20: Making It Happen,” focuses on disaster risk reduction (DRR) for sustainable development.

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World Bank Loan to Brazil to Support Energy and Mineral Sectors [viewed]

World Bank20 December 2011: The World Bank has approved a $49.6 million loan to support Brazil's "Energy and Mineral Sectors Strengthening Project," which aims to build the capacity of key public sector institutions to improve the energy and mineral sectors' contribution to environmentally and socially sustainable growth.

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UN Releases Joint Publication on Social Dimensions of Climate Change [viewed]

7 December 2011: The UN High-Level Committee on Programmes Working Group on Climate Change has released a draft report highlighting the social dimensions within the climate change international negotiations and country implementation.

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UNECE Experts on Regulatory Cooperation Focus on Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNECE9 December 2011: The 21st session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) included a session on "Standards and regulations: tool for promoting sustainable development."

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