Sustainable Development

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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UN MDG Report Highlights Progress Despite the Financial, Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

7 July 2011: The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2011 finds that, despite setbacks from recent economic, food and energy crises, major progress towards the MDGs has been achieved. However, it indicates that progress has been unequal and the most vulnerable are left behind, noting disparities based on sex, age, disability and ethnicity, and between urban and rural areas.

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Africa Carbon Forum: Opportunities for Carbon Offset Projects in Africa are Increasing [viewed]

6 July 2011: The 2011 Africa Carbon Forum, a regional trade fair and knowledge sharing platform for carbon investments, has ended with experts highlighting the increasing opportunities for carbon offset projects in the region, including Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects and voluntary projects.

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Website Launched for 2012 International Year for Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

June 2011: The official website in support of the 2012 "International Year for Sustainable Energy for All," with information on the Year itself, recent and future events, how to get involved, other resources, and partners, has been launched.

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AU Summit Adopts Decisions on Youth Employment, Climate Change and UNCSD [viewed]

1 July 2011: The 17th session of the African Union (AU) Summit has adopted a decision on youth employment and other measures to support the Summit's theme "Youth empowerment for sustainable development," as well as decisions to prepare for the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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CARICOM Heads of Government Discuss Participation in UNFCCC and UNCSD Meetings [viewed]

4 July 2011: During the 32nd Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), participants discussed priority issues for the Community, including human and social development issues such as climate change, sustainable development, health, external trade and security issues.

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CCCCC Update Highlights Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Projects [viewed]

CCCCC4 July 2011: The 11th issue of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre's (CCCCC) Climate Change News Update, which compiles international and regional climate change-related news, highlights the World Bank's US$47.12 million Regional Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Projects, which aims to help Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to climate-proof their buildings and increase their public institutions' capacity to assess natural risks.

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Fourth Aarhus MOP Addresses Sustainable Development, Adopts Chisinau Declaration [viewed]

1 July 2011: The fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 4) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) took place from 29 June-1 July 2011, in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

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