Sustainable Development

International Women's Day Highlights Climate and Gender Links [viewed]

women-day-logo8 March 2014: The world celebrated International Women's Day in 2014 under the theme, 'Equality for women is progress for all.' Several organizations and individuals stressed linkages between gender and climate change in their remarks.

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Achim Steiner to Head UNEP until June 2016 [viewed]

Achim Steiner7 March 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has re-elected Achim Steiner to an additional two-year term as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), following a nomination by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 25 February 2014 (A/68/770). 

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Event: World Environment Day 2014 [viewed]

The UN General Assembly declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). World Environment Day (WED) 2014 will be celebrated under the theme of SIDS, with the goal of raising awareness of their unique development challenges and successes regarding a range of environmental problems, including climate change, waste management, unsustainable consumption, degradation of natural resources, and extreme natural disasters. UNEP is also soliciting votes for the 2014 WED slogan through 5 March 2014. The winning slogan will be used to call on the global WED community to take action for islands.  

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Event: Open-Ended Meeting of the CPR to UNEA [viewed]

The Open-Ended Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will consider policy matters and prepare draft decisions for the consideration of the UNEA when it meets in June 2014. The meeting will discuss, inter alia: new mechanisms to promote transparency and civil society engagement; critical gaps and recommendations on the science-policy interface;and recommendations to the Secretary-General on enhancing UNEP's role in key UN coordination bodies. The CPR will also discuss implementation of past UNEP Governing Council decisions, including a policy on access to information; international water quality guidelines for ecosystems; and outcomes of a consultative process on enhancing coordination within the chemicals and wastes cluster. The CPR is the subsidiary inter-session body of UNEP's governing body.  

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UN Secretary-General, FAO Call for Pro-Family Farming Policies [viewed]

GLOBAL FORUM AND EXPO ON FAMILY FARMING6 March 2014: Farmers, fishers and pastoralists play a critical role in sustainable agriculture development, eradication of hunger and poverty reduction, according to participants at the Global Forum and Expo on Family Farming. Participants recommended that governments adopt pro-family farming policies to facilitate shifts to more sustainable, inclusive food production systems. The event took place in Budapest, Romania, from 4-6 March 2014.

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Partnership for Action on a Green Economy Holds Inaugural Meeting [viewed]

page-greeneconomy5 March 2014: The inaugural meeting of the UN-led Partnership for Action on a Green Economy (PAGE) explored national pathways and policies for the green economy, and provide guidance to governments on achieving a green economy transition. Over 30 ministers and high-level officials from more than two dozen countries met with UN officials, international experts, representatives from the business community and civil society.

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WUC Booklet Highlights Cities as Key to Sustainable Future [viewed]

UN-HABITAT4 March 2014: Cities are key battlegrounds in global efforts to achieve a sustainable future, according to ‘The City We Need,' a booklet launched by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) on 4 March 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The booklet sets out a vision of the 21st century city, recommends nine principles for achieving sustainable urban development, and proposes a policy and legislative framework for a new urban paradigm.

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Former UNFCCC Executive Secretary Appointed GGGI Director-General [viewed]

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) 3 March 2014: Yvo de Boer, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and current KPMG Global Chair of Climate Change & Sustainability Services, has been appointed Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). De Boer will begin his four-year term on 15 April 2014.

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CIFOR Calls for Inputs on Landscape Approaches to Food Production [viewed]

CIFOR1 March 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released its February news update highlighting the upcoming Forests Asia Summit, which will be held under the theme ‘Sustainable landscapes for green growth in Southeast Asia.'

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Event: CDKN Workshop: Climate Change and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals [viewed]

The Climate Development and Knowledge Network (CDKN) is hosting a workshop to explore the linkages between climate change and the sustainable development goals (SDGs), and to bring together climate change and sustainable development experts and practitioners from across Southeast Asia. This workshop is one in a series of events on this theme that CDKN will convene in developing countries in the coming months, the outcomes of which will feed into the UN Climate Summit, being convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 23 September 2014. Experts from government, civil society, academia and the private sector are expected to discuss how to include climate change in the SDGs. Participants will discuss, inter alia: advantages and disadvantages of a stand-alone goal on climate change and of mainstreaming climate change impacts into the SDGs; challenges to ensuring an outcome that is mutually beneficial for both climate change and development, and how to overcome them; and how developing countries can influence the two processes. A briefing paper will capture the key messages emerging from the discussions, which will help to clarify the SDG/climate change linkages, and enable developing country voices to be heard.  

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