Sustainable Development

UN Secretary-General Addresses Meeting on Youth [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General25 July 2011: In his remarks to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Meeting on Youth, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for making "sustainable development for all the defining issue of our time," and underlined that climate change can only be addressed within this broader framework.

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Workshop Builds UN Country Team Capacity in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

25 July 2011: The UN Development Group (UNDG) Task Team on Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change and Rio+20, in collaboration with several partners, organized a workshop for the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region to build the capacity of UN Country Teams to address the linkages among environmental sustainability, climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR) in country programming to support national development processes, and to mainstream them into UN Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAF).

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IFAD Highlights South-South Cooperation for Poverty Reduction [viewed]

20 July 2011: Ahead of a South-South cooperation meeting, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has called for a more open and constructive policy dialogue to assist in overcoming challenges such as climate change and volatile food prices.

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Event: Mountain Day at UNFCCC COP 17 [viewed]

Mountain Day 2011 is being organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Mountain Partnership Consortium and will seek to highlight the critical role of mountain ecosystems for climate adaptation and sustainable development. It will be held during the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), scheduled to take place in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011. The event will assemble a high-level panel to advocate the value and role of mountains and call on COP 17 delegates and global development partners to act to save vital mountain ecosystems from the vagaries of climate change. It will also issue policy messages and recommendations relevant to the deliberations at the COP 17.  

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Guest Article #62: Harnessing the Potential of IRENA [viewed]

This April witnessed the historic first Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), a fledgling Agency with the potential to transform the world's response to the urgent need to harness renewable energy and put the world on a sustainable clean energy path.

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UN Security Council Debates Security Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

20 July 2011: The UN Security Council held its second thematic debate on “Maintenance of international peace and security: the impact of climate change,” on 20 July 2011, in New York, US. Many delegates expressed concern that adverse effects of climate change could aggravate existing threats to international peace and security. While noting that the loss of territory in some States due to sea-level rise, particularly in small, low-lying island States, could have security implications, the Security Council could not agree that it had a role to play in this regard.

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WTO Completes Third Review of Aid for Trade Initiative [viewed]

19 July 2011: The Third Global Review of the Aid for Trade Initiative, organized by the World Trade Organization (WTO), reviewed case stories on the results of the Aid for Trade Initiative in different regions and discussed indicators to measure the impact of the Aid for Trade initiative on economic growth, employment and poverty alleviation, as well as on gender empowerment and environmental sustainability.

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ESCAP Emphasizes Governance and Water Management for Sustainable Water Resources [viewed]

5 July 2011: In a statement to the fourth Singapore International Water Week, Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), emphasized that sound governance is crucial for the sustainable management of water resources that are threatened by pollution, natural disasters and climate change.

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Event: AU Regional Geothermal Working Group Meeting [viewed]

Organized by the African Union (AU), this meeting will address geothermal energy.  

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Event: Pacific UNCCD Pre-COP10 Meeting [viewed]

The objectives for this meeting are to: provide an opportunity for Pacific countries to reach a consensus on common positions; enhance negotiation skills of country delegates; develop a strategy for effective participation at COP 10; and develop a "One Pacific Voice" at COP 10 through side events and exhibitions showcasing success stories and sustainable land management.  

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