Sustainable Development

Event: Fourth Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention [viewed]

This meeting is the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the UN Economic Commission on Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention). It will seek to provide an opportunity to discuss public participation in international forums, the procedure for accession to the Convention by States from outside the UNECE region, and the role of the Aarhus Convention in promoting sustainable development. The latter is the theme of the high-level segment on 1 July 2011. The meeting is expected to adopt the draft Chisinau Declaration on the role of the Aarhus Convention in promoting sustainable development, as a contribution to the UNCSD process.  

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CGIAR Program Convenes Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change [viewed]

11 March 2011: The Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has convened a Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change.

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CSD Preparatory Meeting Addresses Climate, SIDS and Transport Issues [viewed]

4 March 2011: The Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the 19th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 19) took place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 28 February-4 March 2011.

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UN/ISDR Releases Mid-Term Review of Hyogo Framework [viewed]

9 March 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released its Mid-Term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015, subtitled "Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters," which highlights progress made over the last five years in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and in raising the profile of disaster preparedness across international, regional, and national agendas.

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Report on Agroecology Highlights Climate Change Adaptation Benefits [viewed]

8 March 2011: The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, presented a report titled "Agroecology and the right to food" (A/HRC/16/49) to the 16th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on 8 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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OECD Report Investigates Role of Policy in Greening Behavior [viewed]

7 March 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a report titled “Greening Household Behaviour: The Role of Public Policy,” that presents the results of a 10,000 household survey carried out in ten countries.

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UNEP Showcases New Green Buildings in Nairobi [viewed]

7 March 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has provided details on its new green building at UN headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, which are part of the UN Greening the Blue Initiative.

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Africa Environment Day Focuses on Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

3 March 2011: In celebrations for the ninth Africa Environment Day, the African Union (AU) Commission, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and local partners, highlighted the importance of sustainable forest management (SFM) for sustainable development and addressing climate change.

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UNCTAD's "Road to Rio+20" Discusses Low-Carbon Growth [viewed]

2 March 2011: The UN Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released the first of a series of publications aimed at provoking discussion, advancing new ideas and providing inspiration on sustainable development issues for the Rio 2012 Conference.

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IDB Supports Energy Efficiency Project in Chile [viewed]

23 February 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is supporting Chile in the design and implementation of a partial credit guarantee program to expand financing for energy efficiency programs and foster the participation of engineering firms and energy service companies (ESCOs) in the development of an energy service market in the country.

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