Sustainable Development

Event: Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference [viewed]

The Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference, convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE, or UNECE) Committee on Environmental Policy, is being prepared in accordance with the provisions of Reform Plan of the “Environment for Europe” process. This Conference will consider two main themes: “the sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems” and “greening the economy: mainstreaming the environment into economic development.” Under the second theme, discussions will focus on the reduction of carbon emissions, energy efficiency, sustainable consumption and production, and the reconfiguration of financing and infrastructure to better accommodate environmental considerations. While the Astana Ministerial Conference is expected to address identified environmental issues of common concern in the UNECE region, the Conference provides an opportunity to address priority environmental issues in the Central Asian sub-region.  

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EU-US Summit Dominated by Climate Change [viewed]

climate-summit-at-the-white-house3 November 2009: Climate change featured in several outcomes of the first EU-US Summit since the Obama Administration took office.

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Five States Join UN-REDD [viewed]

Un-redd2 November 2009: Argentina, Cambodia, Ecuador, Nepal and Sri Lanka have joined the UN-REDD initiative (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries), which aims to combat climate change by creating incentives for poorer countries to reverse the trend of deforestation and invest in more sustainable forms of development.

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UN/ISDR Convenes Workshop on Guidelines for Social Communicators on Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

Un-isdr23 October 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) convened a workshop on Guidelines for Social Communicators on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Adaptation to Climate Change, from 21-22 October 2009, in Havana, Cuba. 

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CDM Methodologies Panel Releases Report of 41st Meeting [viewed]

UNFCCC29 October 2009: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Methodologies Panel (Meth Panel) has published the report of its 41st meeting, which convened from 19-23 October 2009, in Bonn, Germany.

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ITU Highlights ICTs as Part of the Climate Solution [viewed]

Itu Logo29 October 2009: As participants prepare for the Barcelona Climate Change Talks, which will convene from 2-6 November 2009, in Barcelona, Spain, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has highlighted the critical importance of including information and communication technologies (ICTs) as part of the climate solution.

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UN Secretary-General Cautiously Optimistic about Copenhagen [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon28 October 2009: In his monthly press conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that, although much work remains to be done, he is optimistic that world leaders will reach an ambitious agreement in Copenhagen.

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Africa Regional Implementation Meeting Prepares for CSD 18 [viewed]

Uneca27 October 2009: Director of the UN Economic Commission for Africa's (ECA) Food and Security and Sustainable Development Josue Dione welcomed participants to the sixth session of the Committee on Food Security and Sustainable Development, which is meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and reported on ECA's implementation of its 2008-2009 work programme, especially with regard to land policy, agricultural development, food security and the challenges of climate change.

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UN/ISDR Co-Hosts 2009 Stockholm Policy Forum on Climate-Smart Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

Un-isdr26 October 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) co-hosted the 2009 Stockholm Policy Forum on Climate-Smart Disaster Risk Reduction on 26 October 2009.

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World Bank Launches MultiCat Program to Insure Against Floods, Hurricanes and Wind Storms [viewed]

Worldbanklogo19 October 2009: The World Bank launched the MultiCat Program – a catastrophe bond issuance platform that gives governments and other public entities access to international capital markets to insure themselves against the risk of natural disasters. The types of events that may be insured are earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and other wind storms.

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