Sustainable Development

OHCHR Seminar Addresses the Impacts of Climate Change on the Enjoyment of Human Rights [viewed]

23 February 2012: The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recently convened a seminar to deepen the understanding of the relationship between climate change and human rights, and to address the adverse effects of climate change on the full enjoyment of human rights.

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EU Commissioner for Climate Action Calls for Redefining the Concept of Growth [viewed]

EU27 February 2012: In an article titled “Let's All Grow Sustainably,” published by the European Commission, Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and a member of the UN High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability, stresses the need to redfine the concept of growth, including by tackling climate change, as part of a new sustainable growth model.

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Commission on Status of Women Focuses on Empowerment of Rural Women and Role in Sustainable Development [viewed]

CSW5627 February 2012: The 56th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) opened on 27 February, focusing on the theme of empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, and sustainable development.

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Event: Fifth Meeting of the UNECE Taskforce on Water and Climate [viewed]

This meeting will bring together participants from governmental authorities, the private sector, NGOs and international organization to review progress on the activities under the Task Force, as well as future activities on water and climate under the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Water Convention beyond 2012. It will be organized back-to-back with third workshop on adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins, which will be held on 25-26 April 2012 in Geneva.  

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UN-Backed Global Partnership for Oceans Launched [viewed]

UN-Backed Global Partnership for Oceans Launched (image courtesy of the Global Partnership for Oceans)24 February 2012: The Global Partnership for Oceans, a coalition of governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private interests, has been launched to address the challenges to oceans management and governance, including over-fishing, marine degradation and habitat loss.

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GCSS-12/GMEF Strives for Climate Neutrality [viewed]

Federico Ramos de Armas, (Spain), President of the Governing Council, gaveled the meeting to a close at 7:25pm.22 February 2012: The 12th Special Session of UNEP's Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-12 /GMEF) took place at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), Kenya, from 20-22 February 2012. The ministerial consultations during the 12th Special Session focused on emerging policy issues under the overall theme of “The environmental agenda in the changing world: From Stockholm (1972) to Rio (2012).”

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IFAD Governing Council Calls for Support for Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

23 February 2012: The 35th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) focused on the contribution of sustainable smallholder agriculture to meeting global food needs while protecting the environment.

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Fourth Farmers' Forum Stresses Need to Address Food Insecurity and Climate [viewed]

Farmers' Forum21 February 2012: At the Fourth Meeting of the Farmers' Forum, representatives of smallholders, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers focused on the links between poverty reduction and food insecurity and improving sustainable agricultural development.

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IEA Report Reviews Danish Sustainable Energy Policies [viewed]

IEA21 February 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report titled “Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Denmark,” which highlights Denmark's long-term energy goal of becoming independent of fossil fuel use by 2050, but notes that challenges remain in implementing its ambitious goals.

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Event: 23rd Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM [viewed]

Among other things, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government are due to consider the approval of CARICOM's Implementation Plan for the Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change.  

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