Sustainable Development

CEB Takes Action on Biodiversity, Climate, Sustainable Development, DDR [viewed]

19 April 2011: In a briefing to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on 19 April 2011 in New York, US, the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) discussed the highlights and outcomes of its Spring meeting, which took place from 1-2 April 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Event: Fourth High Level Forum: The Path to Effective Development [viewed]

The Fourth High Level Forum of Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donors and developing country signatories to the Paris Declaration of 2005 will take place in Busan, Republic of Korea, from 29 November-1 December 2011. Ministers and specialists will evaluate progress made since the third High Level Forum in 2008 and set out a new framework for increasing the quality of aid in order to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Priority areas for the forum will be: predictable aid; use of country systems; an end to policy conditionality; country-driven capacity development; mutual accountability; and reduced transaction costs.  

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UN-HABITAT Governing Council Focuses on Sustainable Urban Development [viewed]

15 April 2011: The 23rd session of the Governing Council (GC-23) of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) took place from 11-15 April 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya, under the theme “sustainable urban development through expanding equitable access to land and housing, basic services and infrastructure.”

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UNEP Convenes Green Economy Symposium with SEED Award Winners [viewed]

15 April 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) SEED Initiative convened a Green Economy symposium on 15 April, 2011, in Pretoria, South Africa. The symposium focused on ways to accelerate transition to a Green Economy in the developing world, and was attended by 200 participants, including 30 SEED Award recipients.

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UNEP Convenes Business Leaders in Debate on Green Economy [viewed]

14 April 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the French postal service Le Groupe La Poste, convened the 2011 Business and Industry Global Dialogue, from 11-12 April 2011, in Paris, France.

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IDB Launches Sustainable Emerging Cities Platform [viewed]

25 March 2011: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) President Luis Alberto Moreno has announced the creation of a platform to work with 140 fast-growing "intermediate" cities (those with populations between 100,000 and two million) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), to analyze their sustainable urban development challenges, propose solutions, prioritize investments and identify funding from national and international sources. 

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Madrid Dialogue with GSP Calls for Ambitious Climate Action, Just Green Transition [viewed]

12 April 2011: At a dialogue organized by Sustainlabour in Madrid, international trade unions met with the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) and business and NGO representatives, to call for decisive and ambitious climate action in the lead-up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa (UNFCCC COP 17/CMP 7) at the end of 2011, and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in 2012.

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Civil Society Dialogue with GSP Addresses New Technologies, Climate Resilience and Oceans [viewed]

15 March 2011: The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and the Secretariat of the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) convened a roundtable discussion with civil society representatives, on 15 March 2011, in New York, US, to address issues under consideration by the Panel. 

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Event: APEC 2011 [viewed]

The United States will host the 2011 meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in November 2011, in Hawai'i. The Concluding Senior Officials Meeting will take place from 8-9 November. The Finance Ministers will meet on 10 November, and a Ministerial Meeting will take place on 11 November. The APEC Economic Leaders Meeting will take place on 12-13 November.  

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OECD Reviews Environmental Performance of Portugal [viewed]

11 April 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a report titled “OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Portugal 2011,” which underscores Portugal's environmental achievements and makes recommendations for further improvement.

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