Sustainable Development

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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ILO Publishes Report on Recovery and Growth with Decent Work [viewed]

2 June 2010: Juan Somavia, International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General, presented his report to the 99th International Labour Conference, taking place from 2-18 June 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland. The report, titled "Recovery and Growth with Decent Work," identifies a number of vital and converging objectives for the agenda for policy dialogue and action on an employment-oriented framework for strong, sustainable and balanced growth.

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World Bank Publishes Climate, Finance and Development Briefs [viewed]

May 2010: The World Bank has published the first in a series of Issue Briefs on the topics of Climate, Finance and Development, addressing how to monitor official development assistance (ODA) flows for climate finance and how to enhance the effectiveness of public finance for climate action.

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