Sustainable Development

IUCN Launches REDD+ Newsletter [viewed]

IUCN11 July 2013: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has launched a newsletter covering its REDD+ activities. The newsletter will be published every month and will cover global, regional and national level activities.

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DESA Economic Briefing Features US Climate Change Plan [viewed]

UNDESA9 July 2013: The July issue of the monthly briefing on the world economic situation and prospects of the Development Policy and Analysis Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) highlights the new US plan to reduce carbon emissions, among other items.

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IFPRI Supports Low Carbon Agriculture in a Green Economy [viewed]

unep-ifpri10 July 2013: An article from Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and IFPRI Senior Research Analyst Tolulope Olofinbiyi, makes the case for low carbon agriculture as a response to rising incomes and demand, and growing resource constraints.

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Pacific Countries to Develop Integrated Regional Disaster Risk Management/Climate Change Strategy by 2015 [viewed]

PPDRM-and-PCCR12 July 2013: The first-ever Joint Meeting of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management (PPDRM) and Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) convened under the theme 'Strengthening Resilience: An Integrated Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change in the Pacific.' The meeting was organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

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Pacific SIDS Adopt Nadi Draft Outcome in Preparation for 2014 Conference [viewed]

sids2014p12 July 2013: The Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) adopted the Nadi Draft Outcome Document, which will represent the Pacific region's contribution to the Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2014 Conference.

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WESS 2013 Report Focuses on Energy, Food Security and Sustainable Cities [viewed]

UNDESA2 July 2013: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched the World Economic and Social Survey (WESS) 2013, which is subtitled 'Sustainable Development Challenges,' in Geneva, Switzerland. The 2013 report focuses on three sustainable development challenges identified for action at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20): energy transformation; food security and nutrition; and sustainable cities.

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IFAD 2012 Annual Report Stresses Growth, Transparency and Response to Food Security Challenges [viewed]

IFADJuly 2013: In its 2012 Annual Report, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) documents the growth of the Fund from $7.9 to $11.9 billion since 2009, and highlights the new Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) as one of a number of new directions and initiatives.

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Montreal Protocol Parties Discuss HFC Issues [viewed]

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28 June 2013: At the 33rd meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 33) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, delegates discussed the organization of the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) and initiated formal discussions on the financial, legal and technical issues associated with managing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

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UNDP and Government of Japan Launch Second Phase of Satoyama Initiative Project [viewed]

UNDP27 June 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), together with the Government of Japan, have announced the second phase of the Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS), which includes new initiatives in Bhutan, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Mongolia, Namibia, and Niger. The Programme promotes inclusive, community-based approaches to the sustainable development of landscapes and seascapes, through support for biodiversity conservation, human security, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. 

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UN Under-Secretary-General Spells Out Next Steps to 'The Future We Want' [viewed]

UNDESA25 June 2013: UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo, in an editorial in the 'Huffington Post,' has outlined next steps following on the outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), which concluded in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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