Sustainable Development

Event: UNGA Thematic Debate on LDC IV [viewed]

An informal thematic debate on the contributions of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) will take place on 11 March 2011, and will focus on "Investment in and Financing of Productive Capacities in LDCs." UNGA President Joseph Deiss announced the event to member States' representatives at the UN in this letter: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/65/letters/Endofyear231210.pdf.  

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New ECOSOC President Outlines 2011 Agenda [viewed]

18 January 2010: In his inaugural speech, the new President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Lazarous Kapambwe (Zambia), outlined his priorities for the Council in the coming year, including accelerating the review, coordination and implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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UN Launches World Economic Situation and Prospects 2011 [viewed]

18 January 2011: The UN launched a report titled "World Economic Situation and Prospects 2011," which provides that fiscal policies, in tandem with income and structural policies, will need to be reoriented to foster job creation and green growth.

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UNDP Asia and Pacific Director Addresses Issue of Green Cities and China [viewed]

UNDP17 January 2011: In an op-ed published in the People's Daily in China, Ajay Chibber, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Bureau Director of Asia and Pacific, highlights that China has the potential of becoming a world leader in green urban development.

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World Bank President Discusses Green Growth in India [viewed]

13 January 2011: World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick and India's Minister of State for Environment and Forests (Independent Charge) Jairam Ramesh, met in Delhi, India, to discuss how to further strengthen their partnership to advance India's green-growth agenda.

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Sustainable Development Leads UN Secretary-General's 2011 Priorities [viewed]

14 January 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon identified his priorities for 2011 during an address to the UN General Assembly on 14 January 2011. He highlighted action on inclusive and sustainable development as the first of eight priorities, and climate change mitigation and mitigation as the second priority.

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FAO Releases Paper on Forests and Climate Change in the Near East [viewed]

January 2011:  The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a Working Paper on forests and climate change in the Near East region.

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Argentina Takes Over Group of 77 Chairmanship [viewed]

12 January 2011: Speaking at a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York, US, marking the handover from Yemen to Argentina of the chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China (G77/China), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that important trends "continue to shape our shared efforts to combat poverty and ensure prosperity for all."

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IEA Expert Discusses the State of Play After Cancun [viewed]

10 January 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published IEA expert Richard Baron's assessment of the recent UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico.

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CERs Issued Under CDM Cross 500 Million Mark [viewed]

10 January 2011: The Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has marked the issuance of more than 500 million certified emission reductions (CERs).

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