Sustainable Development

World Bank to Support Low-Carbon Initiatives in Poorest Countries [viewed]

World Bank6 December 2011: The World Bank announced two new initiatives to support least developed countries' (LDCs) access to finance for low-carbon investments and enable them to tap into carbon markets after 2012, the Carbon Initiative for Development (Ci-Dev) and the third tranche of the BioCarbon Fund (BioCF T3).

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Japan Increases Contributions for Small-Island States Clean Energy Partnership [viewed]

8 December 2011: The Government of Japan announced a new US$15 million grant to support clean energy efforts and access to renewable energy by climate vulnerable island nations through the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy Initiative (SIDS DOCK). The initiative provides financial and technical support to island countries to scale up their renewable energy efforts and promote greater energy efficiency.

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ECOSOC Hears Calls for Greater Regional Cooperation in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

7 December 2011: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Annual Ministerial Review Regional Preparatory meeting for Asia and the Pacific has heard calls for greater regional cooperation in order to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The meeting convened in Kyoto, Japan, on 7 December 2011.

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UNSG Urges Governments to Take Long-term View on Renewable Energy [viewed]

6 December 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged governments to take a long-term view on renewable energy during his address at the Business for Environment (B4E) COP 17 Dialogue, convened in Durban, South Africa. The Dialogue, titled "Powering ahead for a clean industrial revolution," aimed to facilitate collaboration and forge partnerships between business, government and NGOs, in order to develop products and services that will revolutionize industries and deliver transformative change.

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UNGA Adopts Resolution on Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

6 December 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution on sustainable fisheries, which expresses concern over the current and projected negative impacts of climate change on the world's food security. The resolution ( A/66/L.22), adopted under the agenda item on Oceans and the law of the sea, underlines the urgent need for action in efforts to sustainably manage oceans and marine ecosystems.

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UNSG Outlines Expectations for Durban Negotiations [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General6 December 2011: On the first day of high-level talks at the Durban Climate Change Conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Parties to the UNFCCC to move forward on key issues and keep up momentum, even as a comprehensive and binding agreement may be “beyond our reach” in Durban, where governments are gathered for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC.

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WHO Report Shows Health and Climate Co-benefits in Transport Sector [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)6 December 2011: The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a report on the health benefits of low-carbon transport measures, such as rapid transit, walking or cycling, as part of its "Health in the Green Economy" series.

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Mountain Day Highlights Importance of Mountains in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

4 December 2011: Mountain Day 2011 highlighted the critical role that mountain ecosystems play in climate adaptation and sustainable development, as well as the vulnerability of mountains and those who depend on them to climate change.

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ASEAN, Republic of Korea Sign Asian Forest Cooperation Agreement [viewed]

18 November 2011: The Republic of Korea (ROK) and member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed a Asian Forest Cooperation (AFoCO) Agreement during the 14th ASEAN-ROK Summit, on 18 November 2011, in Bali, Indonesia.

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Agricultural Organizations Appeal to COP 17 Negotiators to Address Agriculture [viewed]

5 December 2011: Calling on climate negotiators to include agriculture in the text of the climate agreement, 16 leading agriculture organizations made an appeal through a jointly endorsed letter to the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) during the Durban Climate Change Conference. The appeal to COP 17 was discussed at Agriculture and Rural Development Day, held on 3 December 2011, during which more than 500 participants addressed priorities for meeting food security challenges while supporting climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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