Sustainable Development

WUF 7 Adopts Medellín Declaration, Recommends Urban SDG [viewed]

logo-wuf711 April 2014: Participants at the seventh session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 7) adopted the Medellín Declaration, which recognizes the transformational power of cities and describes equity as the foundation of sustainable urban development. Signatories also support the inclusion of an urban Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) in the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNEP, Cities Alliance Outline Tools for Integrating Environment into Urban Planning [viewed]

Integrating the Environment in Urban Planning and Management: Key Principles and Approaches for Cities in the 21st Century8 April 2014: Rapid urbanization is an opportunity to build more sustainable, equitable and efficient cities and towns, according to ‘Integrating the Environment in Urban Planning and Management: Key Principles and Approaches for Cities in the 21st Century,' a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Cities Alliance. The report focuses on the City Development Strategy (CDS) as a tool to integrate environmental issues into city planning while reducing poverty, promoting inclusive economic growth and ensuring sustainable consumption and production (SCP).

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Mekong Summit Focuses on Water, Food and Energy Nexus in Changing Climate [viewed]

MRC5 April 2014: The Second Mekong Summit was organized around the theme ‘Water, Energy and Food Security in the Context of Climate Change.' The Conference focused on three key issues: climate change adaptation in a transboundary context; sustainable development and the water, energy and food nexus; and the benefits of cooperation.

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Event: UNGA Dialogue 1-2 on Technology Transfer Mechanism [viewed]

In UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 68/210, Member States decided to hold a series of four, one-day structured dialogues to consider possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The first two dialogues will be held back-to-back, on 29-30 April 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The themes for these two dialogues are 'Stock-taking of the debates on development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies,' and 'Assessing fragmentation, synergies, areas of duplication and opportunities for cooperation between existing mechanisms and processes, thus improving overall coherence and enhancing interlinkages,' respectively.  

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Pacific Region Launches UN Decade for SE4All [viewed]

Sustainable Energy for All2 April 2014: The Pacific region launched the UN Decade for Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All), as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the efforts of island States in addressing sustainable development challenges at "a pivotal moment."

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EU, China Discuss Climate Change, Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

eu-china31 March 2014: The EU and China recognized the need to strengthen climate change cooperation in preparing “a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force” under the UNFCCC to be adopted in 2015 in Paris. They also addressed efforts to promote sustainable development and formulate the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNFCCC Publishes Tool for Elaborating CDM's Sustainable Development Benefits [viewed]

UNFCCC2 April 2014: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the UNFCCC has published a voluntary online tool for highlighting the sustainable development benefits of the CDM in a “structured, consistent, comparable and robust manner.” The aim is to enhance the transparency of CDM projects' sustainable development benefits.

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UNDP Calls for Inputs on Draft Social and Environmental Standards [viewed]

UNDP3 March 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced an invitation to provide comments on its draft Social and Environmental Standards (SESs), which underpin UNDP's commitment to mainstreaming social and environmental sustainability in its programmes and projects. The Standards aim to: strengthen UNDP's social and environmental outcomes; minimize and manage adverse impacts when avoidance is not possible; and strengthen capacities for managing social and environmental risks.

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World Bank Report Proposes Priorities for Sustainable Urbanization [viewed]

World Bank25 March 2014: ‘Urban China: Toward Efficient, Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanization,' a report by the World Bank and China's Development Research Center, proposes a ‘new urbanization' path that will be environmentally sustainable, ensure food security, better allocate capital, labor and land, and place people at its center.

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GWP Launches 2020 Strategy [viewed]

GWP Global logotype21 March 2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has launched its strategy for the period 2014-2019, which aims to achieve a ‘water secure world,' focusing on six thematic areas: climate resilience and water security; transboundary water security; food and water security; urbanization and water security; energy and water security; and ecosystems and water security.

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