Sustainable Development

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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Event: Forests Asia Conference: Sustainable Landscapes for Green Growth in ASEAN [viewed]

This conference, organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) as part of global celebration on the International Day of Forests, will discuss sustainable forest landscapes within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) post-2015 sustainable development efforts. The conference will focus on governance, trade and investment in order to manage forests for green returns, climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy and low-carbon development, food security and nutrition.  

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World Habitat Day Focuses on Urban Mobility, Resilient Cities [viewed]

UN-HABITAT7 October 2013: World Habitat Day 2013, celebrated under the theme 'urban mobility,' recognized the essential role of mobility and access to goods and services in the efficient functioning of expanding cities and towns.

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Local and Regional Leaders Discuss New Global Urban Agenda [viewed]

rabat20137 October 2013: The 2013 World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders – 4th United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) World Congress – convened under the theme, 'Imagine Society, Build Democracy,' incorporating such topics as fostering wellbeing, managing diversity, new governance, and the dynamics of change and solidarity between territories.

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AfDB, IFRC Partner to Address Climate Change, Food Security and Water Issues [viewed]

afdb-ifrcs3 October 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) announced an Africa-wide partnership to address issues including climate change, food security, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and water and sanitation on the continent.

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CIFOR Reports on REDD+ Tenure Study [viewed]

CIFOR2 October 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) reported on the Global Comparative Study on REDD+ being carried out in Brazil, Cameroon, Indonesia, Tanzania, and Viet Nam. The study examines tenure security issues within the framework of REDD+ activities.

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UN Women Events Highlight Role of Women in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UN Women Logo19 September 2013: The UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and partner organizations highlighted the importance of including women's rights and gender equality in the post-2015 development agenda druing events held on the margins of the 68th UN General Assembly (UNGA), in New York, US.

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