Sustainable Development

UN General Assembly Holds Disaster Reduction Debate [viewed]

9 February 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) convened a one-day thematic debate on disaster risk reduction (DRR) on 9 February 2011, in New York, US, which included two panels on "invest today for a safer tomorrow," and "addressing the challenges of disaster risk in urban settings."

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OECD Report Highlights Results of Ministerial Roundtable on Green Growth [viewed]

January 2011: On 13-14 December 2010, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) held a Ministerial Roundtable on Sustainable Development, themed “Strategies for Green Growth: Framing the Issues.” In January 2011, the OECD released a summary of the proceedings.

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Event: Bonn 2011 Conference: The Water Energy and Food Security Nexus – Solutions for the Green Economy [viewed]

The theme for this conference is "The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus: Solutions for the Green Economy." This high-level, invitation-only conference is organized by the German Federal Government in collaboration with the World Economic Forum (WEF), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). It will seek to contribute to the run-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), scheduled for June 2012. The background paper for the conference, "Understanding the Nexus," is now available at: http://www.water-energy-food.org/en/bonn_2011_process/show__50_understanding_the_nexus.html  

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UNWTO Releases February Edition of Sustainable Development of Tourism Newsletter [viewed]

February 2011: The Sustainable Development of Tourism Programme of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released the February 2011 edition of the Sustainable Development of Tourism Newsletter.

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UNU Calls for Applications for Sustainability and Development Graduate Degree [viewed]

January 2011: The UN University (UNU) Institute for Sustainability and Peace (ISP) is inviting applications for the 2011 postgraduate programme, the Master of Science in Sustainability, Development, and Peace. 

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UNCTAD Holds Third Multi-year Meeting on Investment for Development [viewed]

7 February 2011: The third Multi-year meeting on investment for development, organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), was held from 2-4 February 2011, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

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AU Summit Focuses on Unity and Integration through Shared Values [viewed]

31 January 2011: The 16th Summit of the African Union (AU), which took place from 24-31 January 2011, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the theme "Towards greater unity and integration through shared values," considered, among other pressing issues, the impact of climate change and international cooperation.

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First Regular Session of the UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board Opens [viewed]

31 January 2011: Opening the first regular session of the Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), taking place from 31 January-7 February 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark noted the importance of a strong multilateral system to respond to pressing development needs.

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Proposed Agenda and Meeting Documents for CDM EB 59 Released [viewed]

31 January 2011: The proposed agenda, annotated agenda and draft work programme for the 59th meeting of the Executive Board (EB) of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), scheduled to take place from 14-18 February 2011, in Bonn, Germany, are now available on the CDM website.

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UN Secretary-General at AU Summit: "The World Can Meet its Environmental Challenge" [viewed]

30 January 2011: Speaking at a side event on “Drylands and Pastoral Populations” held during the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that, although the first Earth Summit had provided vision for achieving the economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainable development, the world has yet to see comprehensive, coherent action and results on climate change, desertification and biodiversity.

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