Sustainable Development

Barcelona Convention Parties Adopt Protocol on Coastal Zone Management [viewed]


The 15th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (Barcelona Convention) and its Protocols took place in Almeria, Spain, from 15-18 January 2008.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Message to the Beijing International Conference on Combating Desertification [viewed]

Un_secretarygeneral_ban_kimoon In a message to the Beijing International Conference on Combating Desertification, held Beijing, China, from 22-24 January, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the “impact of desertification is intensifying due to climate change, which is reducing the availability of freshwater, fertile soil, and forest and vegetation.”

The Secretary-General said the Conference offers a timely opportunity for combating climate change and achieving sustainable development in areas affected by land degradation.

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EU Presidency and UN Secretary-General Identify Climate Change as Common Priority [viewed]

0125_pv_bankimoonA meeting between the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia and President of the European Council, Janez Janša, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon identified climate change as a common priority between the two Organizations.

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UNEP announces 2008 Champions of the Earth Award Winners [viewed]

Insertimage_unepUNEP has announced the winners of the 2008 Champions of the Earth award for spearheading initiatives in many different areas, from environmental policy to cutting-edge research, with a particular focus on sustainable development and the fight against climate change.

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World Bank Managing Director addresses “Globalization and the Challenges of Inclusion and Climate Change” [viewed]

WbIn an address to the 9th Annual Global Development Network Conference in Brisbane, Australia, the World Bank's Managing Director, Operations, Graeme Wheeler, said “climate change is more than an immense development challenge,” and emphasized that “it is a major threat to all our economic and political systems and requires vision, courage, and leadership to address it.”

Wheeler stressed that climate change is the second major threat to long term prosperity.

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UNEP Executive Director speaks to European Parliament about Bali Road Map, REDD and Adaptation [viewed]

Achim_steinerIn a speech to Members of the European Parliament, Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), stressed the urgency of addressing the impacts of climate change on water resources.

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The Joint Liaison Group of the three Rio Conventions releases brochure on climate change, biodiversity and land degradation [viewed]

Cbd_logo The Joint Liaison Group of the three Rio Conventions (the Convention on Biological Diversity, Convention on Climate Change, and Convention to Combat Desertification) has issued an information brochure on the important contribution of forests to the achievement of their respective goals and objectives.

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UNIDO Director-General says UN-Energy will drive renewable energy and energy efficiency in Africa [viewed]

UnidoIn his address to the tenth African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UNIDO Director-General Kandeh K Yumkella said that “priority must be given to all forms of renewable energy for productive use and to ensuring a high degree of energy efficiency in industrial production.”

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UN Secretary-General says UN system will deliver climate mandates in support of Africa [viewed]

Un_secretarygeneral_ban_kimoon_2 In his address to the tenth African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “our best efforts in peace, development and human rights will be undermined if we do not effectively address the threats posed by climate change.”

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UNESCO to Launch International Year of Planet Earth [viewed]

Logostart_2 Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO's Director-General, will officially launch the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) during ceremonies on 12-13 February 2008 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.

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