Sustainable Development

Event: Greenbuild 2011 [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme Regional Office for North America (UNEP-RONA) is partering in this event and will host a session titled "The Road to Rio+20: The Role of Green Buildings and Cities in Safeguarding the Climate and Promoting Sustainable Development".  

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Tributes Extended for Wangari Maathai, Founder of Green Belt Movement [viewed]

26 September 2011: Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya, passed away on 25 September 2011. Maathai was awarded the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her work in environmental sustainability and empowerment of women, the first time a Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to an environmentalist.

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“Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference Discusses Water and Green Economy [viewed]

23 September 2011: The seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference concluded with the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration titled “Save water, grow green!” Through the Declaration, ministers agree to take the lead in the transition to a green economy and to make substantive contributions to the discussions on green economy within the context of sustainable development, poverty alleviation and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Meeting of Ibero-American Ministers of Foreign Affairs [viewed]

22 September 2011: In his statement delivered at the lunch meeting of Iberoamerican Foreign Ministers in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that advancing economic growth, lifting people out of poverty and protecting the environment are interlinked, "one and the same cause." 

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EEAS Publishes Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel [viewed]

21 September 2011: The European External Action Service (EEAS) published on a Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel, including climate change adaptation.

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Climate Week NYC Event Reflects on Prospects for Durban, Rio+20 [viewed]

22 September 2011: Speakers at an event held during Climate Week NYC titled “Economics, Environment, Security: It's All About Positive Energy," which was hosted by the Government of the Maldives, the “TckTckTck” Campaign and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS), discussed the prospects for the Durban Climate Change Conference and a possible outcome from Rio+20.

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UNGA President, UN Secretary-General Urge Leaders to Prioritize Sustainable Development [viewed]

21 September 2011: The 66th UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened with calls from its President, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar, and the UN Secretary-General to address sustainable development as a top priority.

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UN Launches High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

20 September 2011: On behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro announced the creation of a High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All that is to be at the head of a major new initiative to universalize access to sustainable energy.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Leaders' Dialogue on Climate Change [viewed]

20 September 2011: Speaking at the Leaders' Dialogue on Climate Change on the eve of the High-level Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on world leaders to show greater commitment to achieving success in global negotiations on limiting emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and strengthening adaptation measures.

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AMCEN Special Session Endorses African Common Climate Position [viewed]

19 September 2011: African Ministers for the Environment met for the Fourth Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) and concluded with the adoption of the Bamako Declaration, which endorsed the African Common Position as the basis for negotiations at the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to take place in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011.

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