Sustainable Development

Event: Sustainable Transport and Air Quality Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean 2011 [viewed]

This Conference is co-sponsored by the Clean Air Institute (CAI), the Spanish Fund for Latin America & the Caribbean (SFLAC), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, GIZ and the City of Rosario, Governments of Brazil, Mexico and Spain. Participants will discuss “How to Achieve Sustainable Urban Transport?” Among other things, the Conference will examine health and environmental benefits of improving urban transport, emissions inventories and monitoring, use of alternative fuels, carbon financing to improve urban transport, and regional collaborative initiatives in Latin America & the Caribbean. The main conference will be held on 11-13 May. The Conference will be preceded on 9-10 May by training courses organized with the collaboration of GIZ. On 10 May, a high-level meeting will take place with transport and environment authorities, specialists and key stakeholders from leader cities that are transitioning to sustainable transportation, to discuss and advance a regional agenda, and provide technical and political inputs for regional and global transport and climate negotiations.  

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Event: Climate Change, Price Volatility and Food Security: Perspectives from Southeast Asia [viewed]

This international workshop is hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) with the Indonesian National Poverty Commission and Ministry of Agriculture. It will convene researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to explore opportunities for building resiliency against growing food security risks that confront many countries in Southeast Asia. IFPRI is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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Report of the 31st Meeting of the CDM Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group Released [viewed]

23 March 2011: The report of the 31st meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Afforestation and Reforestation (A/R) Working Group, which was held from 14-16 March 2011 in Bonn, Germany, is now available on the CDM website. The Working Group considers matters relating to CDM afforestation and reforestation project activities.

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UNIDO, Republic of Korea Collaborate on Green Growth and Low-Carbon Industrial Development [viewed]

22 March 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry of Knowledge Economy of the Republic of Korea have signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation and identify joint projects and activities in the fields of green growth technology and low-carbon industrial development.

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World Water Day 2011 Focuses on the Urban Challenge [viewed]

22 March 2011: World Water Day 2011 (WWD 2011) convened in Cape Town, South Africa, on 22 March 2011, under the theme “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge.”

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GEF Amazon Project Delivers Biodiversity and Climate Change Benefits [viewed]

14 March 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is funding the second phase of the Amazon Region Protected Areas Project (ARPA), further to a successful first phase that allowed the designation of 24 million hectares as new protected areas and consolidated or established management and enforcement systems for over eight million hectares of the new protected areas.

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UNCTAD Releases Paper on Food Security and Climate Change in Developing Countries [viewed]

February 2011: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released a discussion paper titled "Assuring Food Security in Developing Countries under the Challenges of Climate Change: Key Trade and Development Issues of a Fundamental Transformation of Agriculture."

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World Bank Outlines Green Growth Strategy for China [viewed]

20 March 2011: Speaking at the China Development Forum held in Beijing, China, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, World Bank Managing Director, analyzed China's macroconomic situation, highlighting that the country is "taking on issues of global importance such as climate change."

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CBD, IPCC Invite Contributions for AR5 on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

16 March 2011: The Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have issued a joint notification inviting CBD National Focal Points and focal points for the CBD's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to contribute to and review chapters of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) related to biodiversity and climate change, to be completed in 2014.

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IPC-IG Discusses Climate-Compatible Development at AfricaAdapt Meeting [viewed]

March 2011: The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) presented at the AfricaAdapt Climate Change Symposium 2011, held from 9-11 March 2011, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the topic “Reconciling participation and benefit-sharing: implications for how Africa adapts to climate change.” 

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