Sustainable Development

64th Session of UNECE Commission Focuses on Energy and Transport [viewed]

6 April 2011: The 64th session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which convened from 29-31 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland, discussed economic integration and cooperation with a focus on transport and trade infrastructure and energy cooperation.

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Event: Eye on Earth Summit [viewed]

The Eye on Earth Summit, Pursuing a Vision, is being organised under the theme "Dynamic system to keep the world environmental situation under review." This event will launch the global environmental information network (EIN) strengthening initiative and address major policy and technical issues. The Summit is co-organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, European Environment Agency, among others, and funded by the United Arab Emirates. An expected outcome of the Summit will be a clear statement on ways and means to strengthen existing initiatives and fill gaps towards informed policy making in support of a sustainable future. As part of preparations for the UNCSD in 2012, the Eye on the Earth Summit represents an opportunity and milestone to focus attention on the 20 years of collective efforts of making the best environmental information available to support decision making in order to achieve sustainable development, reduce poverty and transform the global economy.  

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Event: IUCN World Conservation Congress 2012 [viewed]

The Congress theme will be Nature+, a slogan that captures the fundamental importance of nature and its inherent link to every aspect of people's lives. The Congress will explore many of the most pressing environmental and development challenges from this perspective and how strong and resilient nature is intricately linked to solving these issues, including Nature+climate, nature+livelihoods, nature+energy and nature+economics.  

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CCCCC Publishes March-April 2011 Issue of Climate Change News Update [viewed]

4 April 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has published its fourth Climate Change News Update. The March-April 2011 issue of News Update compiles major international and regional climate change news, including climate change-related events, studies, reports and resource materials.

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Event: Regional Forum on Rural Development, Climate Change, Biodiversity and Desertification [viewed]

This Ministerial-level forum is organized by the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD), Central American Agricultural Council (CAC) and Council of Health Ministers of Central America (COMISCA). Under the theme "Contributing to the Region's Security and Governability Faced with Climate Change," the Forum will examine progress and identify priority actions and mechanisms for inter-institutional coordination and social participation at the national and regional levels on climate change adaptation and mitigation in the context of the implementation of the Central American Integration System's (SICA) Agro-environmental and Health Regional Strategy (ERAS), and in line with the region's commitments derived from the Conventions on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Biological Diversity (CBD) and Desertification (UNCCD). Also during this Forum, CCAD's Technical Committee on Climate Change will meet to discuss next steps in the region's cooperation on climate change.  

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World Bank Launches e-Atlas of Global Development [viewed]

4 April 2011: The World Bank has launched an e-Atlas, which provides an interactive tool that maps and graphs more than 175 indicators from the World Bank's development database, including CO2 emissions, energy use, freshwater use, forest areas, marine protected areas and resource depletion.

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World Bank Conference and Report on East Asian Development Focus on Green Growth [viewed]

April 2011: The World Bank held a high-level forum for policy debate on East Asia's development challenges and opportunities, from 21-22 March 2011, in Singapore. The role and future of "green growth" for the region were among the topics and themes of the forum. During the meeting, the World Bank launched a special edition of its half-yearly report, the "East Asia and Pacific Economic Update." 

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IMF Recommends Fiscal Instruments and Financial Support to Transform Global Energy System [viewed]

31 March 2011: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has issued a factsheet on "Climate Change and the IMF," which suggests that stabilizing global atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases will require a dramatic transformation of the entire global energy system, and recommends fiscal instruments to internalize environmental costs and large-scale and predictable financial assistance for developing countries to support action on climate change.

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World Bank Holds Agriculture and Rural Development Days [viewed]

25 March 2011: The World Bank organized its 2011 Agriculture and Rural Development Days (ARD) under the theme "Understanding Volatility and Managing Risk."

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Event: [Cancelled] International Conference on Groundwater Resources Management: Adaptation Measures to Water Scarcity Science and Policy Responses [viewed]

Due to unforeseen circumstances the "Second UNESCO-UCI International Conference on Groundwater Resources Management" has been cancelled. This Conference is jointly organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of Irvine, California (UCI). This Second UNESCO-UCI 2011 Conference on ‘Groundwater Resources Management' will evaluate the progress made in groundwater management since the First Conference in 2008. The four themes of the conference are: the role of groundwater in adapting to the impacts of global and climate changes; strengthening groundwater management for sustainable development; innovative methods and technologies for groundwater management; and groundwater education, cooperation and governance. The Conference results will be presented at the 6th World Water Forum (March 2012, Marseille, France) and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20, in June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).  

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