Sustainable Development

UNGA Approves Sustainable Development Resolutions, Establishes Preparatory Process for Rio+20 [viewed]

December 2009: Following approval by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UNGA approved a series of draft resolutions on sustainable development in December 2009, including on climate change, harmony with Mother Earth, Mauritius Strategy, the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), agricultural commodities, and implementation of Agenda 21.

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UNEP Releases New Publication on the UNEP Climate Neutral Network [viewed]

18dic_09_0117 December 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a new publication entitled "A Case for Climate Neutrality," which presents examples of  efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and promote "green growth" at all levels.

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UNDP Human Development Report for China Focuses on Low Carbon Economy and Sustainability [viewed]

18dic_09_0715 December 2009: The preliminary findings of the 2009/2010 China Human Development Report for China, entitled "Towards a Low Carbon Economy and Sustainable Society," were presented during a side event hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) during the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.

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FAO, UNEP, UNDP, UNCCD, UNFPA, IFAD and World Bank Participate in Development and Climate Days [viewed]

17dic_09_0116 December 2009: The "Development and Climate Days" meeting convened from 11-14 December 2009, alongside the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP15) in Copenhagen, Denmark. The meeting provided opportunities to share information on the negotiations and on key development and climate issues.

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CDM EB Launches Four Calls for Experts [viewed]

UNFCCC16 December 2009: During its 51st meeting, held from 30 November-4 December 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Executive Board (EB) of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) agreed to launch a call for experts in order to replace outgoing members of the Methodologies Panel, the Afforestation and Reforestation (A/R) Working Group, the Small Scale (SSC) Working Group and the Accreditation Panel.

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UNEP Launches Report on Climate Neutral UN [viewed]

16dic_09_0515 December 2009: At a side event held during the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, launched a report entitled "Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN," explaining that the process has entailed: the first assessment to establish the source of greenhouse gases (GHGs); methodologies to manage the carbon footprint; and measures put in place to remove that footprint.

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UNDP National Human Development Report for Moldova Focuses on the Socioeconomic Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

16dic_09_10December 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the 2009/2010 National Human Development Report for Moldova, entitled "Climate Change in Moldova: Socio-Economic Impact and Policy Options for Adaptation."

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UNFCCC Secretariat Announces Publication of JI Documentation [viewed]

UNFCCC12 December 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a verification report submitted by an accredited independent entity (AIE) regarding the Joint Implementation (JI) project "Utilization of Coal Mine Methane at the Coal Mine named after A.F. Zasyadko."

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Challenges Business to be More Relevant to Negotiations [viewed]

14dic_09_00611 December 2009: The Copenhagen Business Day event convened at the headquarters of the Confederation of Danish Industry, in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 11 December 2009. Organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), together with the Confederation of Danish Industry, Copenhagen Business Day met in parallel to the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.

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UNEP Stresses Mitigation Role of Energy-Efficient Buildings [viewed]

14dic_09_0111 December 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has  released a report titled "Buildings and Climate Change - Summary for Decision Makers," which finds that energy-efficient buildings could significantly contribute to climate change mitigation and seeks to ensure that negotiators at the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference have the information needed to incorporate emissions from buildings into a global strategy on climate change.

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