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We at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We will resume publication of our knowledgebases on 3 January 2012. Thank you for your support during 2011.
15 December 2011: The latest issue of the newsletter from the Secretariat of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), "Rio+20: Making It Happen,” focuses on disaster risk reduction (DRR) for sustainable development.
20 December 2011: The World Bank has approved a $49.6 million loan to support Brazil's "Energy and Mineral Sectors Strengthening Project," which aims to build the capacity of key public sector institutions to improve the energy and mineral sectors' contribution to environmentally and socially sustainable growth.
7 December 2011: The UN High-Level Committee on Programmes Working Group on Climate Change has released a draft report highlighting the social dimensions within the climate change international negotiations and country implementation.
9 December 2011: The 21st session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) included a session on "Standards and regulations: tool for promoting sustainable development."
UNECE MDG Report Highlights Development Disparities Within and Between Europe and Central Asia [viewed]
December 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published a report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 29 emerging economies in the UNECE region, gathering 10 post-transition EU Member States as well as 12 post-Soviet republics in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia and 7 countries in South-Eastern Europe.
15 December 2011: The 2011 Supporting Entrepreneurs for Environment and Development (SEED) Awards, announced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), were granted to 35 entrepreneurs from 14 countries for their inspiring grassroot businesses that contribute to meeting current sustainable development challenges.
14 December 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has issued a press release highlighting the need for increased investment in, and attention to, adaptation and resilience issues regarding fragile mountain ecosystems.
14 December 2011: At a year-end press conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that 2011 delivered warnings about our common future, highlighting the disaster at Fukushima and record floods in Pakistan, Thailand, Colombia and El Salvador, which he qualified as "a vivid reminder of the increasing incidence of extreme weather."