Sustainable Development

Secretary-General Links Sustainable Development to Security, Renewable Energy [viewed]

6 September 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed Auckland University during his visit to New Zealand and other countries in the region, on 6 September 2011.

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Secretary-General Calls for Cooperation with NGOs on Sustainability, Climate, Energy [viewed]

29 August 2011: In a statement to the China-Africa People's Forum, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for close cooperation with NGOs on climate change, energy security, sustainability, and meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Representatives of Past and Future UNCCD COP Presidencies Issue Call for Action [viewed]

UNCCD3 September 2011: Representatives of past Presidents of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Conferences of the Parties (COP), along with the forthcoming COP 10 host, the Republic of Korea, convened in Geneva, Switzerland, on 3 September 2011, to discuss upcoming meetings of the UN General Assembly on the theme “Addressing desertification, land degradation and drought in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication,” and UNCCD COP 10. 

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64th UN DPI/NGO Conference Prepares for Rio+20, Urges Civil Society to "Connect the Dots" [viewed]

5 September 2011: Delegates to the 64th Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference sent a message for civil society to “connect the dots” between local concerns and global issues. The Conference, which convened from 3-5 September 2011, in Bonn, Germany, was organized around the theme “Sustainable Societies; Responsive Citizens.”

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WHO Releases Compilation of Air Quality Data Sets for 1100 Cities [viewed]

September 2011: The World Health Organization (WHO) has made available a database containing air quality data sets for 1100 cities across 91 countries including an analysis of the burden of disease associated with urban outdoor pollution.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights National Activities and Progress [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter30 August 2011: The UN-REDD's August Newsletter reviews several national-level and global-level activities related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+). The Newsletter states that Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Paraguay and Solomon Islands have begun the implementation phase of their National REDD Programmes, while Nigeria has begun its REDD+ readiness phase with activities including setting safeguards and inventorying national greenhouse gas emissions.

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Event: Experts Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development and Adaptation in SIDS [viewed]

The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is organizing this international expert meeting, with participants primarily from small island developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean, the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, representing national education representatives, curriculum development experts, representatives of school and education networks, scientists and climate change experts, representatives of multilateral agencies and civil society. The conference will focus on the challenges climate change poses to education systems in SIDS, and on promoting education to enhance adaptation to climate change in the context of sustainable development. The meeting will develop a road map and recommendations to serve as a contribution to UNFCCC COP 17, the UNCSD and the End-of-Decade Conference of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.  

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WMO Secretary-General Elected Chair of UN-Water [viewed]

25 August 2011: The Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Michel Jarraud, has been elected as the Chair of UN-Water for a two year term.

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Event: Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: A Challenge for Global Ports [viewed]

Organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), this meeting will provide a platform for expert discussions on how best to improve the understanding of climate change impacts on ports and develop effective and appropriate adaptation response measures. It will bring together policy makers and planning authorities, port industry representatives and operators, port users, relevant international organizations, as well as scientists and engineers, to share their insights and discuss relevant issues with a view to identifying: vulnerabilities and risks; associated adaptation requirements; existing best practices, information and data sources; issues requiring further study, including data requirements; and partners and mechanisms for effective collaboration.  

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2012 Equator Prize to Focus on Current Development Challenges [viewed]

22 August 2011: The Equator Initiative – a partnership led by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) – has announced a call for nominations for the 2012 Equator Prize. The 2012 awards will emphasize current development challenges, including water and energy access, food security, and adaptation to climate change.

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