Sustainable Development

Event: The Role of the Power Sector for a Clean Energy Future [viewed]

Focusing on limiting global climate change to 2 degrees as outlined in the International Energy Agency's (IEA) "Energy Technology Perspectives 2012" (ETP 2012), participants in this webinar will discuss the electricity sector's efforts to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions in end-use sectors, among other topics. Free online registration is required.  

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UN Secretary-General Report Reviews Progress on Implementing Habitat II Outcomes [viewed]

UN-HABITATAugust 2012: The UN Secretary-General's report on progress made in implementation of the Habitat II conference outcomes recommends preparations towards a third UN conference on housing and sustainable urban development (Habitat III) in 2016, calling for this to be a high-level conference or world summit focusing on the theme of sustainable cities.

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CBD COP 11 Opens with Focus on Strategic Plan Implementation, Climate and Marine Issues [viewed]

8 October 2012: The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened on 8 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India, directly following the sixth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The two-week meeting will address a series of cross-cutting and ecosystem-related issues, as well as financial, administrative and implementation-related topics.

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Event: Inaugural Meeting of Global Green Growth Institute [viewed]

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) will formally become an international organization on 18 October 2012. The Inaugural Meeting will mark the first meeting of the new Assembly and Council that will govern GGGI.  

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Event: World Climate Summit 2012 [viewed]

The third annual World Climate Summit, which is organized alongside the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will bring together government leaders and representatives from the business and finance community to discuss issues related to a low-carbon economy and industrial, financial, political and innovation drivers to accelerate progress in mitigating and adapting to climate change. The meeting will focus specifically on Qatar and the Middle East. Topics of discussion include: public-private partnerships; renewable energy; agriculture and water; emission reductions; transportation; carbon pricing; and energy efficiency.  

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World Risk Report 2012 Highlights Global Disaster Risk Hotspots [viewed]

11 October 2012: The World Risk Report 2012, published by the Alliance Development Works (Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft) in collaboration with the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and The Nature Conservancy, focuses on the theme of environmental degradation and disasters, assessing disaster risk based on information from 173 countries.

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State of the Planet Conference Reviews Solutions [viewed]

11 October 2012: Addressing the State of the Planet 2012 Conference, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson reviewed the failures and gaps in international cooperation for environmental protection and human well-being, especially on climate change, hunger and biodiversity, but said it is not too late to apply solutions. The Conference took place in New York, US, on 11 October 2012, hosted by Columbia University.

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Second Committee Holds Substantive Discussion on SDGs [viewed]

16 October 2012: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee convened a special event on “Conceptualizing a Set of Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 16 October 2012. The event served as an initial opportunity for participants to discuss the SDGs, in light of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) outcome decision to develop a proposal for SDGs to be considered during the UNGA's 68th session.

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ITU Launches Initiatives on Sustainable Development and Disaster Preparedness [viewed]

16 October 2012: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) launched two initiatives that aim to achieve sustainable development and improve disaster preparedness and response through smart information and communication technologies (ICT) at the ITU Telecom World 2012 held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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ESMAP Report Outlines Global and National-Level Policy Lessons for Low-Carbon Development [viewed]

October 2012: According to a report from the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank, countries seeking to balance economic growth with carbon reduction can achieve both. The report details case studies on low-carbon development in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland and South Africa.

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