Sustainable Development

Mountain Partnership Highlights Importance of Mountains in Post-2015 Process [viewed]

Mountain PartnershipJanuary 2014: As part of its efforts to contribute to the post-2015 development agenda process, the Mountain Partnership has released a series of policy briefs on energy, forests and biodiversity, and climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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UN Scientific Advisory Board Holds Inaugural Meeting [viewed]

scientific-advisory-board31 January 2014: The first meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set out a calendar for its work, and discussed means to tighten the linkage between the science and policy, as well as to define priority scientific issues for sustainable development. 

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UNDESA Assesses Energy Investments Required to Achieve Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNDESAJanuary 2014: A policy brief published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) points to the emerging consensus that sustainable development requires a radical transformation of the world's energy system, including the way energy is produced and used, and that such a transformation requires strong leadership, carefully-designed policies, behavior changes, and large investments, both in developed and developing countries.

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UNISDR Releases Proposed Elements of Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR17 December 2013: The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) has published a document outlining ‘Proposed Elements for Consideration in the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction,' which draws from stakeholder consultations that have taken place since 2012.

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World Economic Forum Focuses on Climate Change, Post-2015 [viewed]

World Economic Forum25 January 2014: The 44th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) focused on 'The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business.' Many speeches, events and presentations throughout the meeting centered on the impacts of climate change and global poverty, while participants looked forward to an ambitious post-2015 development agenda to address many of these challenges. 

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UNEP and Iraq Sign Agreement Focused on Biodiversity Conservation and Green Economy [viewed]

UNEP26 January 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced that Iraq has signed a 5-year strategic cooperation agreement with UNEP to boost recovery and support national development goals. The agreement will focus on: environmental legislation and regulations; biodiversity conservation; green economy; cleaner production; resource efficiency; combating dust storms; and climate change reporting, mitigation and adaptation.

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Event: Green Growth Knowledge Platform Regional Practitioners' Workshop [viewed]

The Green Growth Knowledge Platform's (GGKP) Workshop on Green Growth in Africa, titled 'Pathways to Green Growth in Africa,' aims to: explore the rationale for green(er) growth in an African context; facilitate policy dialogue and knowledge sharing; and discuss practical implementation issues. The workshop will focus on setting an African green growth vision through thematic sessions and exploring linkages among natural resources management, renewable energy and greening infrastructure. Participants will, inter alia, focus on green growth landscapes in Africa, including a discussion on the specific challenges faced by African countries, such as high dependence on natural resources for growth and rapid infrastructure, and discuss green growth in practice, including discussions on forest-friendly growth in the Congo Basin and parallel sessions designed to facilitate an exchange of ideas and identify areas for collaboration. Also during the workshop, The Program on Forests (PROFOR) will convene sessions, providing a practical introduction for assessing and monitoring forest governance and enhancing climate resilience including through climate change mitigation and adaptation.  

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UNDP Calls for Nominations for Equator Prize 2014 [viewed]

equatorinitiative22 January 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a global call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2014, which will focus on the theme ‘Local Climate Action.' The Equator Prize is awarded annually to community-based initiatives that tackle poverty while advancing environmental conservation.

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January 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank AFDB21 January 2014: The World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) made a number of investments in the water and sanitation sector in January 2014, including in Albania, Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Madagascar, the Russian Federation, Togo and Viet Nam, for projects aimed at improving basic urban services, providing rural access to water supply and sanitation, expanding hydromet systems to monitor hydrological information, and improve the climate resilience of irrigated agriculture and water supply and sanitation services, among others.

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Blue Economy Summit Adopts Abu Dhabi Declaration [viewed]

abu-dhabi20 January 2014: Participants at the Blue Economy Summit adopted the Abu Dhabi Declaration, which describes the blue economy as a tool to promote, inter alia, sustainable development, poverty eradication and climate change mitigation in small island developing States (SIDS) and coastal countries.

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