Sustainable Development

Event: World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2012 [viewed]

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is intended to raise awareness of the potential for the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide. The 17th of May marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union. The theme of this year's WTISD is "Women and Girls in ICT".  

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UNEP Names World Environment Day Host [viewed]

World Environment Day 201222 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that Brazil will host World Environment Day 2012, under the theme “Green Economy: Does it include you?” World Environment Day, which is celebrated annually on 5 June, will take place a few weeks before the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: Rio Conventions Pavilion at Rio+20 [viewed]

The Rio Conventions Pavilion at Rio+20 is a collaborative outreach activity of the Secretariats of the Rio Conventions (UNFCCC, UNCCD and CBD), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and 25 other international, national and local partners. It aims to promote and strengthen synergies between the Rio Conventions at implementation levels by providing a coordinated platform for awareness-raising and information-sharing about the linkages in science, policy and practice between biodiversity, climate change and combating desertification/land degradation.  

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UNEP Releases Report on Financing Renewable Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa [viewed]

UNEP21 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled “Financing Renewable Energy in Developing Countries: Drivers and Barriers for Private Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa.” The report was released to mark the African launch of the 2012 UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, which took place on the side of 12th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-12/GMEF).  

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Event: World Tourism Day 2012 [viewed]

World Tourism Day 2012 will take place under the theme "Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development".  

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Event: Sixth Aviation and Environment Summit [viewed]

The sixth Aviation and Environment Summit will bring together around 350 industry and stakeholder representatives, in Geneva, Switzerland, to explore ways in which aviation can continue to provide jobs, power economic growth and serve the flying public while minimizing the industry's environmental footprint. The March 2012 Summit will build on the 2008 Summit, which provided a forum for the signing of a declaration on climate action by leaders from across the aviation industry.  

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GEO-5 Summary Highlights Continued Deterioration of the Global Environment [viewed]

20 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Global Environment Outlook-5 (GEO-5) Summary for Policy Makers, which was negotiated and endorsed by governments on 31 January 2012. The summary was released as a prelude to the full report, which will be released in June, in advance of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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AMCEN Publication Provides Guide to Addressing Climate Change in the Context of Sustainable Development [viewed]

African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN)16 February 2012: The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) has published a report titled "Addressing Climate Change Challenges in Africa: A Practical Guide towards Sustainable Development," which provides policy makers working in or with Africa with a practical guide and advice on addressing climate change within sustainable development policies and programmes.

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Event: Fourth Global Farmers' Forum [viewed]

The Farmers' Forum is a bottom-up process of consultation and dialogue between small farmer, rural producers' organizations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and governments focusing on rural development and poverty reduction. The Forum meets every two years in conjunction with the Governing Council of IFAD. This year's Forum has a particular focus on young farmers and representatives of rural youth movements. This year's themes include sustainable agriculture, sustainable fisheries, institutional development and financial sustainability of farmers' organizations, and engagement with the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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Event: Stockholm+40: Partnership Forum for Sustainable Development [viewed]

The Stockholm+40 Partnership Form for Sustainable Development will be held in Stockholm from 23-25 April 2012, in commemoration of the UN Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm in 1972. Stockholm+40 aims to foster innovative ideas and creative processes to create a platform for dialogue on sustainable innovations, sustainable production and sustainable lifestyles. Stockholm+40 will include the first meeting of the the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants from 23-24 April, with both Ministerial and Working Group sessions. In addition, a major scientific seminar on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants will be held during these days. The plans for Stockholm+40 focusing on the Short-Lived Climate Pollutants events will be presented.  

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