Sustainable Development

"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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UNECE MDG Report Highlights Development Disparities Within and Between Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

December 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published a report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 29 emerging economies in the UNECE region, gathering 10 post-transition EU Member States as well as 12 post-Soviet republics in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia and 7 countries in South-Eastern Europe.

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2011 SEED Awards Focus on African Entrepreneurs [viewed]

15 December 2011: The 2011  Supporting Entrepreneurs for Environment and Development (SEED) Awards, announced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), were granted to 35 entrepreneurs from 14 countries for their inspiring grassroot businesses that contribute to meeting current sustainable development challenges.

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CPF Calls for Investment in Mountain Ecosystems [viewed]

CPF14 December 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has issued a press release highlighting the need for increased investment in, and attention to, adaptation and resilience issues regarding fragile mountain ecosystems.

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UN Secretary-General Takes Stock of 2011 [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General14 December 2011: At a year-end press conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that 2011 delivered warnings about our common future, highlighting the disaster at Fukushima and record floods in Pakistan, Thailand, Colombia and El Salvador, which he qualified as "a vivid reminder of the increasing incidence of extreme weather."

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World Mountain Forum Underscores the Importance of Public-Private Partnerships [viewed]

11 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Fondation pour le Développement Durable des Régions de Montagne (FDDM), the BOTZA Association, the private sector and the Commune de Bagnes, have hosted the World Mountain Forum in Verbier, Switzerland. 

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FAO World Livestock Report Projects Drastic Increase in Meat Consumption [viewed]

FAO14 December 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 2011 World Livestock Report, which underscores the strains that a growing world population and increased consumption of animal protein will place on natural resources.

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