Sustainable Development

Event: Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas [viewed]

This summit is convened by the Governments of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal with support from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), MacArthur, ICIMOD, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The summit is expected to: outline a 10-year roadmap for adaptation to climate change; develop a proposal to secure all of the eastern Himalaya's temperate and alpine forests and grasslands for ensuring biodiversity persistence and maintaining ecosystem services; and create regional “adaptation expert groups.”  

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CSD 19 Concludes Without Agreement [viewed]

14 May 2011: The 19th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 19), which convened from 2-14 May 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, focused on developing policy recommendations related to transport, chemicals, hazardous waste, mining and the 10-year framework of programmes (10YFP) on sustainable consumption and production (SCP), but concluded without adopting these decisions. 

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New UNEP Deputy Executive Director Appointed [viewed]

13 May 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Amina Mohamed (Kenya) as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Global Platform Calls for Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation and DRR into Development Planning [viewed]

13 May 2011: The Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) took place from 9-13 May 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland, under the theme “Invest Today for a Safer Tomorrow – Increased Investment in Local Action.” The meeting built on the findings and recommendations of the 2009 Global Platform's second session, as well as the results of the Mid-term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), and the 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

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Fourth UN LDC Conference Adopts Istanbul Programme of Action [viewed]

13 May 2011: Over 7,000 participants, including Heads of State and government, international organizations' representatives and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) from 9-13 May 2011. The Conference aimed to assess the results of the 10-year Brussels Action Plan for the LDCs, which was adopted in 2001, and to agree on new measures and strategies for the sustainable development of LDCs into the next decade.

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UNEP Announces Opening of Regional Office of Global Green Growth Institute [viewed]

12 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) announced the opening of a regional office of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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UNEP Releases Report on Decoupling Resource Use and Economic Growth [viewed]

12 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) International Resource Panel has released a report titled “Decoupling natural resource use and environmental impacts from economic growth.”

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Arctic Council Adopts Nuuk Declaration [viewed]

12 May 2011: The Seventh Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council  was held on 12 May 2011, in Nuuk, Greenland, and concluded with the adoption of the Nuuk Declaration.

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OECD Website Outlines Benefits and Challenges of Green Growth for Developing Countries [viewed]

3 May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has created a website outlining its work on green growth and development.

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UN/ISDR Announces Private Sector Commitment to Address Disaster Vulnerability [viewed]

11 May 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that the finance, insurance and construction sectors have jointly committed to tackle disaster vulnerability at the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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