Sustainable Development

Guest Article #62: Harnessing the Potential of IRENA [viewed]

This April witnessed the historic first Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), a fledgling Agency with the potential to transform the world's response to the urgent need to harness renewable energy and put the world on a sustainable clean energy path.

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UN Security Council Debates Security Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

20 July 2011: The UN Security Council held its second thematic debate on “Maintenance of international peace and security: the impact of climate change,” on 20 July 2011, in New York, US. Many delegates expressed concern that adverse effects of climate change could aggravate existing threats to international peace and security. While noting that the loss of territory in some States due to sea-level rise, particularly in small, low-lying island States, could have security implications, the Security Council could not agree that it had a role to play in this regard.

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WTO Completes Third Review of Aid for Trade Initiative [viewed]

19 July 2011: The Third Global Review of the Aid for Trade Initiative, organized by the World Trade Organization (WTO), reviewed case stories on the results of the Aid for Trade Initiative in different regions and discussed indicators to measure the impact of the Aid for Trade initiative on economic growth, employment and poverty alleviation, as well as on gender empowerment and environmental sustainability.

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ESCAP Emphasizes Governance and Water Management for Sustainable Water Resources [viewed]

5 July 2011: In a statement to the fourth Singapore International Water Week, Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), emphasized that sound governance is crucial for the sustainable management of water resources that are threatened by pollution, natural disasters and climate change.

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Event: AU Regional Geothermal Working Group Meeting [viewed]

Organized by the African Union (AU), this meeting will address geothermal energy.  

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Event: Pacific UNCCD Pre-COP10 Meeting [viewed]

The objectives for this meeting are to: provide an opportunity for Pacific countries to reach a consensus on common positions; enhance negotiation skills of country delegates; develop a strategy for effective participation at COP 10; and develop a "One Pacific Voice" at COP 10 through side events and exhibitions showcasing success stories and sustainable land management.  

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UNESCO to Launch Course on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development [viewed]

20 July 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will launch a Teacher Education Course on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development (CCESD) in late 2011. The course is being developed for UNESCO by professors at Sustainability Frontiers, an international alliance of sustainability and global educators.

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UNCSD Secretary-General Outlines Eight Priorities for UNCSD [viewed]

13 July 2011: Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), summarized his recent speech in Washington, DC, US, in a new post to his blog. He elaborated on eight “new and emerging challenges” that States and other stakeholders have highlighted for priority attention. The challenges include energy access, green jobs, sustainable agriculture, marine resources and financing.

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UN Secretary-General in Finland: Sustainable Development is UN's Top Priority [viewed]

15 July 2011: During his official visit to Finland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with President Tarja Halonen and called for greater attention to sustainable development, highlighting that climate change is a growing threat to people and economies worldwide.

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ITU Symposium Highlights Role of ICTs in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation [viewed]

8 July 2011: The International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Sixth Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), the Environment and Climate Change, focused on the issue of ICTs, the environment and climate change in Africa and the needs of developing countries, and concluded with a Call to Action for global leaders to recognize the role of ICTs in tackling climate change and to enhance their ability to do so.

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