Sustainable Development

UNECA and OECD Launch 2010 Mutual Review of Development Effectiveness in Africa [viewed]

20 September 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have launched the third edition of "The Mutual Review of Development Effectiveness in Africa: Promise and Performance," which assesses action, results and future priorities for Africa and its development partners in delivering commitments in relation to development on the continent.

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GEO-5 Regional Consultation for Asia and the Pacific Identifies Priority Issues [viewed]

17 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environment Outlook (GEO) Regional Consultation for Asia and the Pacific took place in Bangkok, Thailand, on 16-17 September 2010.

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Global Sustainability Panel Holds First Meeting [viewed]

19 September 2010:  The High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability held its first meeting on 19 September 2010, in New York, US, to discuss its work for the next 15 months.

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UNEP Releases Green Economy and MDGs Brief [viewed]

20 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released "A Brief for Policymakers on the Green Economy and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)," which concludes that investment in clean energy, sustainable transport, forests and environmentally-friendly agriculture is essential to meet the MDGs.

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UNGA Second Committee Adopts Organization of Work for 65th Session [viewed]

17 September 2010: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted its organization of work for the 65th session, including poverty eradication and other development issues, climate change and the international financial and trading systems.

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Event: 16th Senior Officials Meeting of the Environmental Management Group [viewed]

The technical segment of the meeting will consider a progress report on the work of the Environmental Management Group (EMG) and a proposed work plan. The meeting will also consider strategic issues including the green economy, international environmental governance, and environmental and social safeguards.  

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UNDP Supports Solar-Powered Irrigation in Mozambique [viewed]

14 September 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Mitsui and Co. Ltda, a Japanese trading company, have established a partnership to build a solar-powered irrigation system that will benefit the Millennium Village of Chibuto, in Southern Mozambique.

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UNGA President Opens 65th Session [viewed]

14 September 2010: In his opening statement, Joseph Deiss, President of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), underscored the role played by the Assembly in relieving those affected by poverty, as well as those threatened by war, climate change or natural disasters.

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Event: Third Intersessional Meeting for UNCSD [viewed]

As called for at the first PrepCom of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, also called Rio+20), three intersessional meetings will be convened, in addition to three PrepComs, to prepare for the June 2012 UNCSD event. Intersessional III is scheduled for 26-27 March 2012.  

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Event: Third PrepCom for UNCSD [viewed]

The UN General Assembly, in December 2009, adopted a resolution calling for a UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, also referred to as Rio+20) to be convened in Brazil in 2012. This meeting will mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), which convened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The General Assembly resolution specifies that a three-day PrepCom should convene in May 2010, a two-day PrepCom should convene in March 2011, and a three-day PrepCom should convene immediately before the UNCSD (PrepCom III). On 4 November 2011, Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, announced a proposal to change the dates to 13-15 June 2012 for PrepCom III and 20-22 June 2012 for the UNCSD, in order to allow for highest-level participation. The previously scheduled dates were 28-30 May 2012 for PrepCom III and 4-6 June 2012 for the UNCSD.  

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