Sustainable Development

UNWTO Calls for Recognition of the Tourism Sector's Potential Contribution to the Green Economy [viewed]

© UNWTO22 April 2009: Addressing the Boao Forum for Asia on “Tourism and the Financial Crisis,” which convened from 17-19 April 2009, on Hainan Island, China, Geoffrey Lipman, UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Assistant Secretary-General, highlighted the role that business and leisure travel can play in the G20-led economic recovery.

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UNEP Executive Director Discusses Global Green Economy [viewed]

© UNEP20 April 2009: Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), discussed the Green Economy in a speech delivered at a university in Tel Aviv, Israel. He addressed the way technological opportunities in resource efficient, low carbon and environmentally-friendly products and processes move from ideas onto commercialization, noting the power of the market as arbiter of what society wants and needs. He stressed the role of government in “shaping and focusing markets” to deliver benefits and long-term goals.

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Dialogue on Climate Change Adaptation for Land and Water Management Adopts Nairobi Statement [viewed]

17 April 2009: The Dialogue on Climate Change Adaptation for Land and Water Management convened at UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, from 16-17 April 2009. The event was co-hosted by UNEP and the Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark, Ulla Tørnæs. The Dialogue addressed the need to: tackle existing problems in land and water management to build resilience to climate change; strengthen institutions for land and water management; and increase financing targeted towards the most vulnerable people.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for Renewed Partnership to Tackle Food, Energy and Climate Crises [viewed]

© UN16 April 2009: In a lecture delivered at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, on 16 April 2009, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro addressed “Forging a Renewed Partnership for Development.”

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UNEP Announces Business for the Environment Global Summit to Discuss Green Solutions [viewed]

© UNEP15 April 2009: The Business for the Environment Global Summit will convene in Paris, France, from 22-23 April 2009, to discuss ways of powering green growth around the globe. Over 700 leaders from business, civil society, international organizations and government are expected to attend.

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UNEP Announces World Environment Day [viewed]

© UNEP13 April 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced that North American celebrations for World Environment Day, observed annually on 5 June, will be hosted in Omaha, Nebraska. Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, will serve as the international host city for this year's World Environment Day, whose theme is “Your Planet Needs You – UNite to Combat Climate Change,” and which seeks to encourage nations to reach agreement in Copenhagen in December 2009.

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Event: 19th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC [viewed]

UNFCCC COP 19 and CMP 9 and the subsidiary bodies will convene in Warsaw, Poland.  

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FAO Publishes Study on Small-Scale Bioenergy Production for Rural Development [viewed]

© FAO8 April 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UK's Department for International Development have published a study on the role of small-scale bioenergy production in local communities for rural development. The study, titled “Small-Scale Bioenergy Initiatives: Brief Description and Preliminary Lessons on Livelihood Impacts from Case Studies in Latin America, Asia and Africa,” reports on a series of 15 case studies of start-up bioenergy projects covering a range of bioenergy resources, such as residues from agriculture and forestry and liquid biofuels.

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UNITAR and UNEP Collaborate on Climate Change Capacity Building [viewed]

© UNITAR6 April 2009: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have entered into a collaborative effort to help build capacity for climate change adaptation. Under the partnership, UNEP's Division of Early Warning and Assessment will develop a joint module, based on the training resources developed under the UNITAR's Climate Change Capacity Development project. The new module will then be included in UNEP's Integrated Environmental Assessment (IEA) training manual.

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UNITAR Centre Holds Climate Change Training Workshop for Latin American Local Authorities [viewed]

2 April 2009: The International Training Centre for Local Authorities/Actors (CIFAL), a training center affiliated to the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), held a training workshop on local governments and climate change in Curitiba, Brazil, from 24-27 March 2009.

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