Sustainable Development

EU/AU Commissions Discuss Climate, Biodiversity and UNCSD [viewed]

1 June 2011: The fifth College-to-College meeting of the European Commission and the African Union (AU) Commission was held on 31 May-1 June 2011, in Brussels, Belgium, to develop shared policy agendas. During the meeting, participants discussed ways to enhance cooperation both on short-term challenges and on the long-term structural changes, such as green growth, climate change and biodiversity.

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UNEP, IFAD Launch Resource Management Policy, Call for Support for Sustainable Agriculture [viewed]

1 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) called for a dramatic increase in support for sustainable agriculture, including to smallholder farmers, as a way to drive green growth and reduce poverty, on the occasion of the launch of the Environment and Natural Resource Management (ENRM) Policy.

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ILO and OECD Strengthen Cooperation [viewed]

25 May 2011: The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding areas of common interest and activity, including employment, social protection, labor migration, green jobs, occupational safety and health and statistics.

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UN Global Compact Week Focuses on Preparations for Rio+20 [viewed]

20 May 2011: The Global Compact Week, held from 16-20 May 2011, in Copenhagen, Denmark, convened practitioners engaged in the initiative's working groups, issue platforms and Local Networks, providing an opportunity to share experiences across issues and countries. The Week included the first UN Global Compact Annual Meeting, the Annual Local Network Forum and the third annual meeting of Caring for Climate signatories, which addressed the business contribution to global sustainability ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: MEA Information and Knowledge Management Initiative Steering Committee Meeting [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the UN Environment Programme, with the participation of representatives from many multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). The new webportal "InforMEA" will be launched during the meeting, among other agenda items.  

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EU-Japan Summit Focuses on Climate Change, Green Growth and Energy [viewed]

28 May 2011: President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, and Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan reaffirmed the close partnership between the EU and Japan and discussed climate change, green growth and energy at the 20th EU-Japan Summit.

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UNPFII Focuses on Free, Prior and Informed Consent [viewed]

27 May 2011: The 10th Session of the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which convened at UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 16-27 May 2011, focused on reviewing progress made on issues ranging from economic and social development to the environment, and whether indigenous peoples have given free, prior and informed consent to decisions affecting their communities, and human rights issues. 

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G8 Summit Adopts Deauville Declaration [viewed]

27 May 2011: The Leaders of the G8 met in Deauville, France, from 26-27 May 2011, to discuss, inter alia, green growth, climate change and biodiversity. The Summit concluded with the adoption of the G8 Declaration titled "Renewed Commitment for Freedom and Democracy."

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UNEP and European Commission Launch Metal Recycling and Decoupling Reports [viewed]

26 May 2011: The European Commission and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have jointly launched reports on metal recycling and decoupling, during Green Week in Brussels, Belgium.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Non-Aligned Movement Conference [viewed]

25 May 2011: In a message delivered by El‑Mostafa Benlamlih, UN Resident Coordinator in Indonesia, to the 16th Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined areas in which joint action by the UN and the Non-Aligned Movement "is essential," namely building a safer world, responding to climate change and fighting extreme poverty.

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