Sustainable Development

CSD17 Begins Consideration of Desertification, Drought, Agriculture, Land, Rural Development and Africa [viewed]

L-R: CSD Chair Gerda Verburg, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, the Netherlands; and UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro4 May 2009: The 17th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD17) opened on 4 May 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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UNECA: Science and Technology Can Help Africa Deal with Economic Crisis and Climate Change [viewed]

© UNECA30 April 2009: Speaking on behalf of Abdoulie Janneh, UN Economic Commission for African (UNECA) Executive Secretary, Josué Dioné, Director of the Food Security and Sustainable Development Division of the UNECA, addressed the first session of the UNECA's Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology (CODIST-1), held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 28 April-1 May 2009.

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Issues Call for Project Proposals [viewed]

© On the Frontlines of Climate Change1 May 2009: “On the Frontlines of Climate Change,” an Internet forum launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), has issued a call for project proposals. Funding, provided with the assistance of Denmark, will be dedicated to community-level projects showcasing local experiences with climate impacts and adaptation.

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UNITAR Holds Workshop on Environmental Negotiations and Climate Change Diplomacy [viewed]

29 April 2009: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) held a training workshop on environmental negotiations and climate change diplomacy in New York, US, from 29-30 April 2009. The workshop was organized as part of UNITAR's 2009 Negotiation Training Series, and was targeted mainly at delegates from developing countries, least developed countries and small island States (SIDS).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Poland's GHG Inventory [viewed]

© UNFCCC28 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the greenhouse gas inventory submissions of Poland submitted in 2007 and 2008 (FCCC/ARR/2008/POL). The expert review team (ERT) finds the inventory to be generally in line with the Revised 1996 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines, the IPCC good practice guidance and the IPCC good practice guidance for land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF).

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ICRAF Publishes Working Paper on Mainstreaming Climate Change into Agricultural Education [viewed]

© ICRAFApril 2009: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has published a working paper on challenges and perspectives for mainstreaming climate change into agricultural education. The working paper is an outcome of a symposium on climate change challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa, which sought to identify recommendations for effective policy, institutions and capacity for addressing climate change in agricultural education.

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Commonwealth Health Ministers to Consider Health and Climate Change [viewed]

© CommonwealthApril 2009: The Commonwealth Health Ministers meeting will convene on 17 May 2009, under the theme of “Health and Climate Change.” The meeting will provide an opportunity to bring Commonwealth Health Ministers and senior officials together to explore the risks to human health posed by climate change in the Commonwealth, and the effective policy responses for managing these risks.

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JI Supervisory Committee Announces 16th Meeting [viewed]

© UNApril 2009: The 16th meeting of the Joint Implementation (JI) Supervisory Committee (JISC) has been announced as 17-18 June 2009, at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany. The Committee, which is the body responsible for issues relating to JI, will consider: the accreditation of independent entities; matters relating to determination and verification reports; the development of a determination and verification manual; the development of definitions, forms, guidelines and procedures for projects under JI programmes of activities; the JI management plan and resources for the work on JI; collaboration of the JISC with others; preparations for the UNFCCC technical workshop on JI for 2009; and elements for the annual report of the JISC to the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP).

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UNCTAD Releases Paper on Developing Country Interest on Climate Change Action and the Post-2012 Climate Change Regime [viewed]

© UNCTADApril 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released a paper titled “Developing Country Interests in Climate Change Action and the Implications for a Post-2012 Climate Change Regime,” authored by Aaron Cosbey, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

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Ministerial Segment at UNESCAP Commission: Inclusive, Long-Term Policies Needed for Triple Crises [viewed]

© UNESCAP27 April 2009: According to the ministerial segment of the 65th UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), in order for the Asia and Pacific region to recover from the current economic crisis, food-fuel volatility, climate change, and region-wide development policies that are inclusive, create social protection and have long-term sustainability must be embraced, The Commission is convening from 23-29 April 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand.

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