Sustainable Development

Event: Regional Forum on Rural Development, Climate Change, Biodiversity and Desertification [viewed]

This Ministerial-level forum is organized by the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD), Central American Agricultural Council (CAC) and Council of Health Ministers of Central America (COMISCA). Under the theme "Contributing to the Region's Security and Governability Faced with Climate Change," the Forum will examine progress and identify priority actions and mechanisms for inter-institutional coordination and social participation at the national and regional levels on climate change adaptation and mitigation in the context of the implementation of the Central American Integration System's (SICA) Agro-environmental and Health Regional Strategy (ERAS), and in line with the region's commitments derived from the Conventions on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Biological Diversity (CBD) and Desertification (UNCCD). Also during this Forum, CCAD's Technical Committee on Climate Change will meet to discuss next steps in the region's cooperation on climate change.  

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World Bank Launches e-Atlas of Global Development [viewed]

4 April 2011: The World Bank has launched an e-Atlas, which provides an interactive tool that maps and graphs more than 175 indicators from the World Bank's development database, including CO2 emissions, energy use, freshwater use, forest areas, marine protected areas and resource depletion.

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World Bank Conference and Report on East Asian Development Focus on Green Growth [viewed]

April 2011: The World Bank held a high-level forum for policy debate on East Asia's development challenges and opportunities, from 21-22 March 2011, in Singapore. The role and future of "green growth" for the region were among the topics and themes of the forum. During the meeting, the World Bank launched a special edition of its half-yearly report, the "East Asia and Pacific Economic Update." 

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IMF Recommends Fiscal Instruments and Financial Support to Transform Global Energy System [viewed]

31 March 2011: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has issued a factsheet on "Climate Change and the IMF," which suggests that stabilizing global atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases will require a dramatic transformation of the entire global energy system, and recommends fiscal instruments to internalize environmental costs and large-scale and predictable financial assistance for developing countries to support action on climate change.

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World Bank Holds Agriculture and Rural Development Days [viewed]

25 March 2011: The World Bank organized its 2011 Agriculture and Rural Development Days (ARD) under the theme "Understanding Volatility and Managing Risk."

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Event: [Cancelled] International Conference on Groundwater Resources Management: Adaptation Measures to Water Scarcity Science and Policy Responses [viewed]

Due to unforeseen circumstances the "Second UNESCO-UCI International Conference on Groundwater Resources Management" has been cancelled. This Conference is jointly organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of Irvine, California (UCI). This Second UNESCO-UCI 2011 Conference on ‘Groundwater Resources Management' will evaluate the progress made in groundwater management since the First Conference in 2008. The four themes of the conference are: the role of groundwater in adapting to the impacts of global and climate changes; strengthening groundwater management for sustainable development; innovative methods and technologies for groundwater management; and groundwater education, cooperation and governance. The Conference results will be presented at the 6th World Water Forum (March 2012, Marseille, France) and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20, in June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).  

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Event: 11th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities: World Heritage Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

The theme of the 11th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities is "World Heritage Cities and Climate Change." Recognizing that in the face of climate change, World Heritage Cities are among the most vulnerable places to experience rapidly occurring changes, the Congress aims to create a platform for dialogue and exchange of state-of-the-art knowledge on the issue of World Heritage Cities and Climate Change and its transfer into policy and action. The Congress will include sessions on adaptation and mitigation measures to be taken by historic cities, a poster session featuring case studies related to the theme of the Congress, and activities for a select group of journalists, who will contribute their views about the relations between heritage and climate change.  

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UNEP Releases Report on UN Emissions [viewed]

1 April 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled “Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN,” which details the greenhouse gas emissions for 52 UN institutions. The report states that the UN's total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for 2009 was 1.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.

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ITU Report Considers Relationship between Climate Change, ICTS and Regulation [viewed]

31 March 2011: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has released its 2011 “Trends in Telecommunications Reform” on the theme “Enabling Tomorrow's Digital World.” The report highlights that effective regulation of ICTs is crucial for overall economic growth and inter alia examines the relationship between climate change, ICTs and regulation.

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Global Green Growth Institute to Open Regional Office in UAE, Collaborate with IRENA [viewed]

13 March 2011: The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), launched in 2010 to promote environmentally sustainable economic growth, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Foreign Affairs to establish a Middle East and North Africa regional office in Abu Dhabi's Masdar City and to develop joint capacity-building programs.

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