Sustainable Development

Event: Eye on Earth Summit 2015 [viewed]

The Eye on Earth Summit 2015 will seek to better understand the supply and demand of data necessary to secure the future of our planet. This will be the second Eye on Earth Summit, and will bring together representatives from government, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector, academia and civil society to focus on closing the data gap for environmental, social and economic data to address sustainable development. The Summit aims to identify solutions for greater access to and sharing of data, providing policymakers with timely, actionable information for the critical decisions that will implement the post-2015 development agenda. Sessions during the event will explore new resources, like crowd-sourcing and citizen science, and cutting-edge technologies. The Summit is being overseen by Eye on Earth, a collaboration of the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency's Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) and the Eye on Earth Alliance, a partnership of organizations including, inter alia, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Resources Institute (WRI).  

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Montpellier Declaration Urges Coordinated Action on Climate Change, Land Degradation [viewed]

desertifactions13 June 2015: More than 300 participants from 57 countries attending Désertif'actions 2015 (D'a15) - an international civil society forum on combating desertification and land degradation - adopted the Montpellier Declaration, highlighting the “undeniable link” between land degradation, sustainable development and international stability, “in a context of present and future impacts of global warming.”

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Vienna Energy Forum Focuses on Sustainable Energy for Inclusive Development [viewed]

viena-energy-forum20 June 2015: The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF), organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All) Initiative, convened under the theme ‘Sustainable Energy for Inclusive Development.'

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ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment Highlights Financing Needs, Sendai Framework [viewed]

ecosoc-has19 June 2015: The 2015 Humanitarian Affairs Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted a resolution encouraging UN Member States to support climate change adaptation and strengthen early warning systems, welcoming the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 and the holding of the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2016. It also called for integrating work on development and humanitarian issues.

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Papal Encyclical Highlights Climate Change as Critical ‘Moral Issue' [viewed]

vatican18 June 2015: Pope Francis has released his encyclical, which calls on the Catholic world and "all men and women of good will” to address global environmental deterioration. The papal letter, titled ‘Laudato Si' or ‘Praised Be' (a reference to a prayer from the Pope's namesake St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology), declares that climate change is one of the principal challenges facing humanity and that the science of climate change is clear. Pope Francis adds that the Catholic Church views climate change as a moral issue that must be addressed in order to protect the Earth, "our common home."

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RRI Dialogue Explores Links Among Forest Tenure, Restoration and Green Growth [viewed]

iucn-rri18 June 2015: The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) organized its 17th Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change under the theme 'Forest Tenure, Restoration and Green Growth.' The day-long event featured four panel-led discussions, which highlighted the centrality of tenure and rights to successful forest landscape restoration (FLR) and debated the role of FLR in "green growth."

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UN, Insurance Industry Partner for Sustainable Development [viewed]

psi17 June 2015: A platform launched by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is allowing insurance companies to make voluntary contributions to sustainable development through risk management, insurance products, investment, partnerships and disclosure frameworks. Through the platform and other activities of UNEP FI's Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Initiative, insurers managing US$14 trillion and 20% of world premium volume are working with the UN toward a greener future.

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UNEP, PBC Detail Elements for China's Green Financial System [viewed]

unep_china12 June 2015: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, met with Pan Gongsheng, Deputy Governor of China's central bank, the People's Bank of China (PBC), to mark the publication of the final report of the Green Finance Task Force, addressing practical steps and policy recommendations for aligning China's financial and capital markets with sustainable development objectives.

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World Desertification Day Highlights SLM-Food Security Links [viewed]

wdcd201517 June 2015: Various Heads of UN institutions and other international organizations published messages to mark the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) on 17 June, which was commemorated under the slogan, ‘No such thing as a free lunch: Invest in healthy soils.'

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'Targets Tracker' Highlights Gaps Between SDGs and National Priorities [viewed]

post2015-odi16 June 2015: Post 2015.org has released the ‘Targets Tracker,' an online database that allows users to view country goals alongside the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets to compare the gap between existing national targets and SDG ambition. Analysis on these gaps is presented in a report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), ‘Mind the Gap? A Comparison of international and national targets for the SDG agenda.'

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