Sustainable Development

Event: Integrated Regional Workshop on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change in the UN Development Assistance Framework Process (LAC) [viewed]

This workshop is being organized by the UN Development Group (UNDG) Task Team on Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change and Rio+20, in cooperation with the Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and the UN System Staff College (UNSSC). It will consider the linkages between climate change, environmental degradation and disasters, and explore opportunities for mainstreaming disaster risk reduction, environmental sustainability and climate change into country programming. It is one of three integrated regional workshops for UN country teams.  

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Event: Oceans Day at Rio+20 [viewed]

The Global Ocean Forum will organize Oceans Day at Rio+20 in the Rio Conventions Pavilion parallel to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The Rio Pavilion is a collaborative effort among the Secretariats of the UNFCCC, UNCCD, CBD and the GEF. This event is expected to produce a Rio Ocean Declaration, with recommendations for advancing the sustainable development of the oceans, coasts and SIDS.  

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AUC Session Opens with Calls for Investments in Sustainable Youth [viewed]

27 June 2011: Speaking at the opening of the 19th ordinary session of the Executive Council of the African Union Commission (AUC), leaders of the AU and other Africa regional organizations highlighted Africa's economic progress and called for a greater role and support for Africa's youth in efforts to achieve sustainable development.

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Africa and Arab Regional Workshop Addresses Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Disasters [viewed]

24 June 2011: The UN Development Group (UNDG) Task Team on Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change and Rio+20, in collaboration with several partners, has organized the first in a series of three regional workshops focusing on the linkages among climate change, environmental degradation and disasters, and how to mainstream them in country programming.

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Event: Second Informal Informal Consultations on the UNCSD Outcome Document [viewed]

This event was originally scheduled as the third of three "informal informal" consultations to negotiate the draft Outcome Document. The decision taken by the Bureau on 22 December 2011 canceled the February consultations, rendering this meeting the second informal informal consultation. The Bureau subsequently decided to schedule this event for two weeks, from 23 April-4 May.  

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Event: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum [cancelled] [viewed]

This Forum was cancelled due to flooding in Bangkok. It was being organized by the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia and the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network. Convening under the theme "Mainstreaming Adaptation in Development: Adaptation in Action," this Forum will provide an opportunity to share findings and innovations, opportunities and challenges in mainstreaming climate change adaptation into development. Panel sessions will address, inter alia: managing water for food and agriculture; disaster management and climate change adaptation; transport and communication infrastructure; gender and adaptation mainstreaming; business responsibilities and contributions; options for small island States; climate-induced migration and livelihood security; and integrating adaptation and mitigation actions. The Adaptation Knowledge Platform has been jointly established by the Asian Institute of Technology/UN Environment Programme Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (AIT - UNEP RRC.AP) the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Swedish Environmental Secretariat for Asia (SENSA) and UNEP with funding support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The Adaptation Network, part of the Global Adaptation Network, aims to build climate resilience of vulnerable human systems, ecosystems and economies through the mobilization of knowledge and technologies to support adaptation capacity building, policy-setting, planning and practices.  

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Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and LOS Sends Outcome to UNCSD [viewed]

UN eadquarters on a sunny day24 June 2011: The UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process (ICP) on Oceans and the Law of the Sea has completed its meeting on the theme “contributing to the assessment, in the context of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), of progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development and addressing new and emerging challenges.”

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UNDP Highlights Role of Energy Access to Achieve the MDGs [viewed]

UNDP22 June 2011: Speaking at the Board for the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Rebeca Grynspan, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator, stressed the role of energy access for achieving sustainable human development and accelerating progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), noting it can help keep children in school, deliver health services, and free women from the burden of time-consuming domestic activities. 

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Event: Initial Discussions on Zero Draft of UNCSD Outcome Document [viewed]

The initial discussions on the "zero draft" of the Outcome Document for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) will take place from 25-27 January 2012, based on a decision taken by the UNCSD Bureau at its meeting on 22 December 2011. The zero draft will be based on a compilation of the input received by the UNCSD Secretariat from member States and other stakeholders by 1 November 2011.  

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Experts Highlight Role of Oceans in Sustainable Development, Climate Regulation [viewed]

UN eadquarters on a sunny day23 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) sponsored a press conference on the launch of a report by the International Programme on State of the Oceans (IPSO) on the protection of marine species, during which marine experts panellists highlighted that changes in the oceans are being driven at an extraordinary pace, entailing a dramatic rise in the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

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