Sustainable Development

Event: UN Environmental Assembly of UNEP [viewed]

The next meeting of the UN Environmental Assembly of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which has replaced the UNEP Governing Council, is scheduled for June 2014.  

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UNGA Second Committee Discusses Financing for Development [viewed]

UNGA16 October 2013: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) took up its agenda item on financing for development and macroeconomic policy. In a meeting on 16 October 2013, in New York, US, Member States discussed global trade, sovereign debt, official development assistance (ODA), poverty eradication and sustainable development.

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World Food Day Focuses on Sustainable Food Systems [viewed]

word-food-day-201316 October 2013: Organizations and communities globally celebrated World Food Day on 16 October 2013, under the theme 'Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.' World Food Day is celebrated in 150 countries and is held on the anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in 1945.

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Global Partnership for Oceans Releases Blue Ribbon Panel Report [viewed]

globalpartnershipforoceans16 October 2013: A panel of leaders from 16 countries, representing government, the private sector and civil society, has released recommendations for actions to improve ocean health. The Blue Ribbon Panel was convened by the World Bank to provide multi-stakeholder perspectives on achieving ecological, social and economic goals in the management of global oceans in support of the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO).

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EU Council Adopts Position Ahead of COP 19 [viewed]

EU flag14 October 2013: The Council of the EU adopted conclusions in preparation for the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UNFCCC and the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 9), which will take place in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-22 November 2013.

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Development Committee Endorses World Bank Group Strategy [viewed]

World Bank12 October 2013: On the occasion of the World Bank-International Monetary Fund (IMF) 2013 Annual Meeting, the Development Committee, which advises the two institutions, approved a new World Bank Group Strategy. The Strategy defines how the World Bank, the International Financial Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) should work together to deliver as ‘One World Bank Group.'

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International Day for Disaster Reduction Underscores Vulnerability of the Disabled [viewed]

UNISDRS13 October 2013: The UN commemorated International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) on 13 October 2013, under the theme of 'Living with Disasters and Disability.' IDDR 2013 intended to raise awareness of the importance of including the needs of persons living with disabilities in the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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Event: GEO (Group on Earth Observations) Ministerial Summit [viewed]

The GEO-X Plenary Session will preceed the 2014 GEO Geneva Ministerial Summit on 13 January. Membership in GEO is open to all member States of the United Nations and to the European Commission. Membership in GEO is contingent upon formal endorsement of the GEOSS 10-Year Implementation Plan, and all members belong to a regional caucus.  

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Second Committee Discusses Development in General Debate [viewed]

UNGA11 October 2013: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) conducted its General Debate for the 68th Session, held from 9-11 October 2013, in New York, US. Speakers addressed development issues of concern to their countries including in the context of attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and agreeing on the post-2015 development agenda. They also addressed issues of financing for development, poverty eradication, countries in special situations, and technology transfer, while outlining important issues for a sustainable development agenda. 

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Effective Risk Management Critical to Poverty Eradication: 2014 World Development Report [viewed]

World Bank6 October 2013: According to the World Bank Group's 2014 World Development Report (WDR), titled ‘Risk and Opportunity: Managing Risk for Development,' effective risk management is critical in the fight to end poverty because it can provide both resilience to withstand adverse events and the ability to take advantage of development opportunities.

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