Sustainable Development

IEA Releases Brief on Benefits of Reducing Fossil Fuel Subsidies [viewed]

8 June 2010: Following the G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Governors' Meeting on 4-5 June 2010, in Busan, Republic of Korea, on the implementation of the G-20 Pittsburgh mandate to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a brief on fossil fuel subsidies based on data from 37 countries representing over 95% of global fossil fuel subsidization.

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ADB Launches Clean Air Portal for Asian Cities [viewed]

7 June 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched a new Clean Air Portal, which is the point of entry for data and information on air quality, climate change co-benefits, energy and transport.

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Event: UNEP Consultative Group of Ministers and High-Level Representatives on IEG [viewed]

This meeting will consider broader reform of international environmental governance. A second meeting is expected to take place in November 2010, possibly in Helsinki, Finland. The purpose of these meetings is to prepare a report to inform the next meeting of the UNEP Governing Council in February 2011 and provide input to the UNCSD (also called Rio+20) process.  

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Event: Fifth Caribbean Environment Forum and Exhibition (CEF 5), Second Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF 2), and 15th Annual Wider Caribbean Waste Management Conference (ReCaribe) [viewed]

These three events will be held simultaneously under the unified theme "Coping with Copenhagen: Water, Waste, Energy, Health..." to emphasize actions and strategies to address key Caribbean environmental issues against the backdrop of climate change. The CEF series on Caribbean health and environment has been organized by the Caribbean Community's (CARICOM) Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) biennially since 2000. The CSEF focuses on energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy security for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The annual ReCaribe has been organized since 1995 by Clean Islands International (CII) to discuss waste management issues in the wider Caribbean region. The combined event is being co-sponsored by the Jamaican Government, the Organization of American States (OAS), the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Integrating Watershed and Coastal Area Management project (IWCAM), the Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme (CREDP), and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

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Event: Seminar on the Vulnerability of International Trade to the Carbon Footprint [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will host a seminar to examine the possible impacts on Latin American and Caribbean trade of efforts to assess the “carbon footprint” of goods and services.  

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Event: Seminar on Cities' Response to Climate Change [viewed]

This seminar is hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).  

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Report on Measuring Energy Access for Sustainable Development Released [viewed]

7 June 2010: Columbia University's Earth Institute has released a paper titled “Measuring Energy Access: Supporting a Global Target.” The paper was co-authored by various UN agencies, the International Energy Agency (IEA), and the World Bank, among others.

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UNCTAD and FAO Support Workshop on Organic Agriculture [viewed]

4 June 2010: The Workshop on Harmonization and Equivalence on Organic Agriculture in Asia was held under the auspices of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)/UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) Global Organic Market Access (GOMA) project, which aims to promote global access to organic products.

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World Environment Day Celebrated [viewed]

6 June 2010: UN agencies celebrated World Environment Day on 6 June 2010, under the theme “Many Species. One Planet. One Future.” The celebrations included a number of activities, such as the launch of "Greening the Blue," which aims to encourage UN agencies to become climate neutral, solar power activities in Rwanda, and a website devoted to informing youth about climate.

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Report on Impacts of Consumption and Production Released [viewed]

2 June 2010: The International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has released a report titled "Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production - Priority Products and Materials."

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