Sustainable Development

Event: Sustainable Biomass for Electricity Conference (SB4E) [viewed]

The Conference on Sustainable Biomass for Electricity (SB4E), organized by UN-Energy in cooperation with the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) and other partners, will consider the role of biomass technologies in decarbonizing the global energy system. Acknowledging the readily available and cost effective potential for emission reductions that could be achieved through the large-scale deployment of sustainable biomass for electricity production, the SB4E Conference will provide an opportunity for governments, international organizations and the private sector to share knowledge, lessons, best practices and experiences and to join efforts towards decarbonizing electricity generation. The GBEP grew out of the 2005 Gleneagles G8 Plan of Action and was launched during the Ministerial Segment of the 14th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 14) in New York, on 11 May 2006. As of January 2012, GBEP Partners include the following 23 countries and 12 international organizations and institutions: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Fiji, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Japan, Mauritania, Mexico, Netherlands, Paraguay, Russian Federation, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, UK, US, European Commission, FAO, IDB, IEA, UNCTAD, UN/DESA, UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO, UN Foundation, World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) and European Biomass Industry Association (EUBIA).  

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UNRISD Paper Examines Social Policy and Double Injustice of Climate Change in the UK [viewed]

5 January 2012: The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) has published a paper on the social dimensions and distributive implications of carbon mitigation policies (CMPs), in particular on their negative impact on low income households and the double injustice of climate change within developed countries.

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New FAO Director-General Takes Office [viewed]

FAO3 January 2012: Committing to a renewed focus on food security, José Graziano da Silva, former Assistant Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and lead designer of Brazil's "zero-hunger" programme, has taken office as FAO Director-General.

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Event: G20 Summit 2012 [viewed]

The Group of 20 (G20) Summit of the world's twenty major economies will take place in Los Cabos, Mexico, and will be the first such summit to occur in Latin America. In its G20 Presidency role during 2012, Mexico has prioritized: economic stability and structural reform for growth and employment; strengthening of financial systems and procurement of financial inclusion for economic growth; improving international financial architecture in an interconnected global economy; mitigating negative effects on price level and volatility of commodities, in particular those affecting food security; and promoting sustainable development with a focus on infrastructure, energy efficiency, green growth and financing the fight against climate change.  

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Event: World Sustainable Energy Conference [viewed]

This event, organized by the International Sustainable Energy Organisation, will present and discuss sustainable energy issues and their outlook to 2050 on economies, jobs and health. Aside from information sharing, the event aims to provide input to the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). Participants will include government and United Nations officials, industry delegates, academics and NGOs.  

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Secretary-General Ban Starts Second Term, Calls for Partnerships [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General3 January 2012: Marking the start of his second term as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon gave an interview with the UN News Centre and UN Radio in which he highlighted the power of partnerships to respond to climate change, poverty and other challenges.

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DESA News Highlights UNCSD Intersessional II, Second Committee Conclusion [viewed]

January 2012: The latest issue of "DESA News," the newsletter from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, features two recent developments related to sustainable development: the Second Intersessional Meeting of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and the conclusion of the work of the 66th UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee.

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UNRISD Paper Examines Social Dimensions of the Global Political Economy of REDD+ [viewed]

30 December 2011: The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) has published a paper on how different actors bring the social dimension into the negotiating process for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries) at the global level.

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Assessing 66th Session, UNGA President Highlights Disaster Readiness, Sustainable Development [viewed]

31 December 2011: Closing the main part of the 66th UN General Assembly (UNGA), President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser outlined significant developments during his tenure. At a press conference on 22 December, he described the preceding three months as “among the most exciting of my two-decade experience of diplomatic service." He highlighted upcoming events and called for support for the Assembly's work in 2012, which will include disaster readiness and sustainable development.

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Event: 18th Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

This biennial meeting of Environment Ministers is organized by the regional office of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The Preparatory Meeting of High-Level Experts will take place from 31 January-1 February 2012, and will be followed by the Ministerial Segment on 2-3 February. Among other things, the Ministers are to review the implementation of the Rio 1992 commitments and agreements, and deliberate on new, emerging and priority issues for the region and other issues on the road to the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The Ministers are also expected to discuss cooperation on sustainable consumption and production, environmental indicators, and the way forward in negotiating a regional framework agreement on atmospheric pollution that includes emissions of short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs) such as methane, black carbon, ozone precursors, and many hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).  

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