Sustainable Development

Secretary-General Issues Report on Oceans and Law of the Sea [viewed]

UN Division for Oceans Affairs and the law of the SeaJune 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a report of the Secretary-General on “Oceans and the Law of the Sea,” ahead of the 12th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process (ICP) on Oceans and the Law of the Sea.

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UN Marks World Day to Combat Desertification [viewed]

World Day to Combat Desertification 201117 June 2011: The annual World Day to Combat Desertification was marked on 17 June 2011, with events and statements from leaders around the world. The specific focus of the Day was on forests in the drylands areas of the world, in keeping with the International Year on Forests (2011), and guided by the motto: “Forests keep drylands working.”

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WHO Launches "Health in the Green Economy" Report Series [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)14 June 2011: The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a report on health co-benefits of climate change mitigation in the housing sector, the first of a new series of reports on health in the green economy.

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UNGA Development Dialogue Discusses Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

14 June 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) hosted a Development Dialogue on 14 June 2011, in New York, US, to discuss the implementation and accountability of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with a focus on MDGs 4 and 5 on maternal and child health, and on how to advance the UN development agenda beyond 2015.

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UNDP Administrator Highlights Radical Changes in Development Landscape [viewed]

13 June 2011: Addressing the Annual Meeting of the Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which is being held from 6-17 June 2011, in New York, US, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark identified long-term trends, such as climate change and human impact on the world's natural resources, as responsible for radically changing the development landscape and affecting the way multilateral organizations operate.

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MDGs Follow-up Meeting Calls for Equity-Based Approaches [viewed]

3 June 2011: The Government of Japan hosted a meeting on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Follow-up, to build upon the outcome of the UN high-level plenary meeting on the MDGs held in September 2010, and propose effective approaches to accelerate MDG progress. The meeting also discussed cross-cutting issues critical for the acceleration of MDGs, including climate change, food security and human security.

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Event: Green Jobs: Linking Climate Change and the World of Work [viewed]

The focus of this course, which is organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO), is on the social and employment dimensions of relevant environmental and economic policies, such as policies for the labor market (including employment and skills development), enterprise development, poverty reduction, etc. Specific attention will be paid to the sectoral employment opportunities of green policies. It will be preceded by pre-course support (4-15 July); and followed by post-course follow up (25-29 July).  

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Asia-EU Foreign Ministers Discuss Climate, Energy and Rio+20 [viewed]

7 June 2011: The tenth Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Foreign Ministers' Meeting held in Gödöllő, Hungary, from 6-7 June 2011, under the theme 
"Working together on non-traditional security challenges," addressed climate change, energy and Rio+20, among other agenda items.

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Event: Workshop on Measuring Asia's Progress in Tackling Climate Change and Promoting Green Growth [viewed]

This workshop, organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the ADB Institute (ADBI) and the Energy Research Institute (ERI), will seek to discuss the outline and contents of the background papers being prepared for the ADB/ADBI Study on Climate Change and Green Asia, and to get feedback from policy makers, academics and international experts.  

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World Oceans Day Focuses on Greening our Future [viewed]

8 June 2011: To mark World Oceans Day, which was celebrated around the theme “Our oceans: greening our future,” a panel discussion convened at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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