Sustainable Development

Event: UNGA High-Level Event on Desertification [viewed]

In December 2010, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted by consensus the draft resolution recommended by the Second Committee (65/160) on Implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa (UNCCD). It agreed to hold a one-day, high-level meeting, in September 2011, on “addressing desertification, land degradation and drought in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication,” in order to help raise awareness at the highest level, reaffirm the fulfillment of all commitments to the Convention and its 10-year strategic plan and framework (2008-2018), and ensure a higher priority for desertification, land degradation and drought at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). A letter from the President of the GA, dated 22 July 2011, provides the agenda for the meeting and other information: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/65/letters/PGA%20Letter%20-%20HL%20Meetings%20in%20September%20-%2022%20July%202011.pdf.  

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Event: World Water Day 2011 [viewed]

The objective of World Water Day 2011 is to focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems. This year's theme, "Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge," aims to spotlight and encourage governments, organizations, communities, and individuals to actively engage in addressing the defy of urban water management.  

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Event: World Environment Day 2011 [viewed]

World Environment Day 2011 will focus on Forests: Nature at Your Service. India will host World Environment Day 2011.  

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Event: ECOSOC Substantive Session 2011 [viewed]

As decided during the organizational session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for 2011, held 15-18 February 2011 (document E/2011/L.1), the substantive session for 2011 will be held from 4-29 July in Geneva, Switzerland, as follows: high-level segment from 4-8 July; dialogue with the Executive Secretaries of the Regional Commissions on 8 July; coordination segment from 11–14 July; operational activities segment from 14-18 July; humanitarian affairs segment from 19-21 July; general segment from 22-28 July; and closing of the session on 29 July.  

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UNECE Supports Finalization of Third Aral Sea Basin Programme [viewed]

17 December 2010: On 15 December 2010, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the Board of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea reviewed the draft third Aral Sea basin programme for 2011-2015, with support from the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) project “Regional dialogue and cooperation on water resources management in Central Asia.”

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Event: LDC-IV Preparatory Committee - Second Session [viewed]

This is the second session of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV).  

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Event: LDC-IV Preparatory Committee - First Session [viewed]

This is the first session of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV). The provisional agenda is contained in document A/CONF.219/IPC/1/Rev.1.  

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Event: Third Africa Carbon Forum [viewed]

The Africa Carbon Forum is a trade fair and knowledge sharing platform for carbon investments in Africa. The third Africa Carbon Forum is being organized by the UNFCCC, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP Risoe Centre, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB). It is intended to bring together representatives from Designated National Authorities (DNA), national focal points, representatives from several UN agencies, governments and the private sector, and will include matchmaking and deal facilitation sessions that will allow potential CDM project developers to showcase their projects to interested parties, including investors and carbon buyers.  

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UNEP Releases Publication on Green Economy and Fiscal Reform [viewed]

December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a Green Economy publication titled “Driving a Green Economy Through Public Finance and Fiscal Policy Reform,” which prioritizes the need to reform environmentally harmful subsidies in the agriculture, energy, fisheries, forest and water sectors.

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UNEP Publication Outlines Green Economy Successes in Developing Countries [viewed]

December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a publication titled “Green Economy Successes in Developing Countries,” which includes eight examples of transitioning towards a green economy, drawn from developing countries.

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