Sustainable Development

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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Event: ICAO Aviation and Sustainable Alternative Fuels Workshop [viewed]

This International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) workshop will provide a forum for information exchange on the state of worldwide activities on sustainable alternative fuels, especially biofuels, for aviation. In addition, the workshop aims to enhance dialogue among member States, financial institutions, fuel producers and operators over project financing for sustainable alternative aviation fuels. Further discussions will focus on, among others: harmonizing life cycle analysis methodologies; sustainability criteria; legal and regulatory frameworks to ensure availability of supply of sustainable alternative fuels for aviation; and the role of sustainable alternative fuels in member States' emissions reduction actions.  

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Event: 37th Special Session of CARICOM's Council on Trade and Economic Development (COTED) [viewed]

This special session of COTED will discuss work on the Community's environmental policy framework and cooperative efforts regarding climate change, sustainable land management and renewable energy. Among other things, participants will discuss Community follow-up to the Cancun Climate Change Conference and preparations for Durban Climate Change Conference. COTED also will discuss Community preparations for the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). COTED is also expected to review and approve the draft Caribbean Subregional Action Plan (SRAP) on sustainable land management (SLM) and decide how to finance its implementation. The SRAP is one of the outputs of the Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Land Management in the Caribbean SIDS (PISLM) supported by the UNCCD's Global Mechanism. In addition, the Special Session will receive an update on progress in developing CARICOM's Environment and Natural Resources Policy Framework, and will review work on the CARICOM Renewable Energy Road Map.  

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