Sustainable Development

G20 Adopts Seoul Action Plan [viewed]

12 November 2010: Leaders of the Group of Twenty (G20) met in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 11-12 November 2010 and adopted: a Leaders' Declaration; the Seoul Action Plan including a commitment to the Seoul Development Consensus for Shared Growth; and concrete measures summarized in a Multi-Year Action Plan on Development, focusing particularly on the development of infrastructure in developing countries.

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UN, World Bank Launch Report on the Economics of Disaster Prevention [viewed]

11 November 2010: The World Bank and the UN have released a joint report titled "Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention," which analyzes disasters from an economics perspective.

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UN-HABITAT Releases Bulletin on Urban Planning Activities in Europe [viewed]

10 November 2010: UN-HABITAT released the 2010 Regional Bulletin highlighting its activities in Eastern, Southern and Central Europe focusing on better urban planning, stronger local government, climate change measures and decentralization.

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EU Launches Consultation on Future Development Policy [viewed]

10 November 2010: The European Commission has launched a public consultation, open to EU and partner countries, on the future of EU development policy, which aims to "collect views" on advancing progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and beyond, in the face of economic, food and environmental crises.

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Commonwealth, La Francophonie Identify Expectations for G20 on Climate Change [viewed]

9 November 2010: The Secretaries-General of the Commonwealth and La Francophonie have outlined the expectations of their respective member countries with regard to the G20 and climate change.

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IEA, OECD Release Paper on Investments in Energy Efficiency [viewed]

October 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have released a working paper titled “Money Matters: Mitigating Risk to Spark Private Investments in Energy Efficiency.”

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Event: UN/ISDR Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Reduction [viewed]

Based on lessons emerging from the Mid-Term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), the meeting will discuss what the disaster risk reduction (DRR) framework will look like post-2015, both in terms of governance, resources, monitoring and compliance; and how it will fit with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and climate change framework. Prior to the formal opening of the event on 10 May, which will feature the participation of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, two days of key preparatory, donor, intergovernmental and coordination meetings will be held on 8 and 9 May.  

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ECLAC Executive Secretary Highlights Low Carbon Growth Opportunities [viewed]

11 November 2010: Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), delivered a statement at the Latin America and the Caribbean-EU Forum on Fiscal Policy and an Environmentally Sustainable Economy in the Context of Climate Change, which took place in Berlin, Germany, from 10-11 November 2010.

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APEC Ministers Discuss Environmental Goods and Services, Energy Security [viewed]

11 November 2010: The 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting, held from 10-11 November 2010, in Yokohama, Japan, adopted a joint statement addressing, among other things, environmental goods and services (EGS), sustainable growth and energy security.

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European Commission Unveils Proposals to Consolidate Africa-EU Relations [viewed]

10 November 2010: Ahead of the Africa-EU Summit scheduled to take place from 29-30 November 2011 in Libya, the European Commission has published a Communication on consolidating Africa-EU relations, including on environmental sustainability, energy and climate change.

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