Sustainable Development

Fourth High-Level Forum Develops Declaration on Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation [viewed]

1 December 2011: The Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness adopted a declaration titled the "Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation." The Forum reviewed global progress on aid effectiveness, including a review of targets set in the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, shared experiences in delivering the best results, and developed new commitments toward effectiveness of aid in reducing poverty, achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and supporting development beyond 2015.

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Second Committee Adopts Draft Resolution on Global Climate [viewed]

UN logo22 November 2011: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee has adopted a draft resolution on the “protection of global climate for present and future generations of humankind” (A/C.2/66/L.58). The decision was taken on 22 November 2011, under the UNGA's agenda item on sustainable development.

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Event: Africa Day at UNFCCC COP 17 [viewed]

Africa Day at UNFCCC COP 17 will seek to raise the profile of African climate change and development issues and demonstrate African ownership of the African agenda on climate change and development. It will focus on the theme "Development First," with sessions addressing "Development first in the context of climate change" and "Climate change economics and finance for Africa."  

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Event: Development and Climate Days at COP 17 [viewed]

The “Development and Climate Days” special event has been a feature of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) for several years. At COP 17, the event will be held from 3-4 December, and is organized by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The 2011 event will focus on “effective climate change adaptation planning,” in response to the decision taken under the Cancun Adaptation Framework to invite all countries, and especially developing countries, to develop National Adaptation Plans.  

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ACTO Ministers Forward Declaration to Rio+20 and Adopt Manaus Commitment [viewed]

ACTO22 November 2011: At their XI meeting in Manaus, Brazil, the Foreign Ministers of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) countries adopted a declaration to be forwarded to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and a "Manaus Commitment" pledging new actions for ACTO cooperation.

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UNDP's Poverty in Focus Magazine Focuses on Social Sustainability [viewed]

Poverty in Focus - Issue #23November 2011: The latest issue of the Poverty in Focus magazine, published by the International Policy Centre (IPC) of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), looks at the inter-related dimensions of growth, gender, poverty and environment, including climate change mitigation and adaptation related issues.

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UNIDO Magazine Features Women's Contributions to Environmental Protection [viewed]

Making it - Issue #823 November 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has published the eighth issue of “Making It” magazine. The theme of this issue, titled "We can do it!”, is about gender equality and the economic empowerment of women.

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Event: Land Day 5 [viewed]

The theme of Land Day 5 is "Achieving Zero Net Land Degradation: Impacts on Climate Change Issues." This "Day" will be convened in parallel to the Durban Climate Change Conference as part of the Rio Conventions Pavilion. Panel discussions will consider the following questions: can the world afford not to go land degradation neutral?; how will land degradation neutrality impact climate change issues such as adaptation, mitigation, and resilience building?; and potential contribution of ‘zero net land degradation target' in driving the synergy agenda at all levels: best practices and successful case studies. Organizers include the UNCCD Secretariat and ICRAF.  

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UN Recognizes Indonesian President as DRR Champion [viewed]

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia (photo courtesy of the UN)18 November 2011: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has recognized the Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, as the first UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) global champion of disaster risk reduction (DRR). This appointment was officially made at the 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, which convened in Bali, Indonesia, from 17-19 November 2011.

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African Experts Discuss Adaptation and Development in Mountain Regions [viewed]

Mountain Partnership Secretariat21 November 2011: Experts from Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe recently discussed the increasing challenges and opportunities involved in the sustainable development of mountain regions.

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