Sustainable Development

UNEP Inquiry Examining Design Options for a Sustainable Financial System [viewed]

financialinquiry28 May 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched an 'Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System: Policy Innovations for a Green Economy' to explore how the financial system might better meet the needs of, and mobilize capital for, a green economy in January 2014. The Inquiry Co-Directors, Nick Robins and Simon Zadek, presented the background, approach and goals of this 18-month initiative at an event on 28 May, at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), in Washington DC, US.

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GEF Council Considers 2020 Strategy, GEF-6 [viewed]

gefcouncilmeeting27 May 2014: The 46th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council convened immediately prior to the 5th meeting of the GEF Assembly. The Council considered, inter alia, the long term strategy for the GEF, co-financing policy, the GEF-5 Work Program, and the Work program and budget of the GEF Independent Evaluation office. Agenda items specific to the sixth replenishment period of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF-6) included a proposal for the System of Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR) for GEF-6, implementation arrangements for the GEF Small Grants Programme, and a summary of the negotiations of the Sixth Replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund.

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STAP Advises GEF Assembly on Environmentally Sustainable Development [viewed]

GEF STAP24 May 2014: The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a report to the 5th meeting of the GEF Assembly, providing recommendations for advancing environmentally sustainable development under the sixth GEF replenishment (GEF-6). The report, titled ‘Delivering Global Environmental Benefits for Sustainable Development,' also reviews the expansion of the Advisory Panel's roles and responsibilities, and its contributions in GEF-5.

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AfDB Annual Meetings Discuss Next 50 Years in Africa [viewed]

AfDB23 May 2014: Governors adopted a number of resolutions and approved programmes and initiatives at the 49th Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB). The Meetings took place under the theme, ‘The Next 50 Years: The Africa We Want.' The Annual Meeting took place from 19-23 May 2014, in Kigali, Rwanda.

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China Supports International Cooperation on DRR [viewed]

UNISDR13 May 2014: China has indicated it will support stronger international cooperation to prevent and reduce the impact of disasters in the lead up to the successor agreement to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) on disaster risk reduction (DRR) to be adopted in 2015. The announcement was made during the 5th National Forum on Comprehensive Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development, which highlighted the need to strengthen international financing mechanisms for DRR, among other things.

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ECLAC Proposes Compacts for Equality and Sustainable Development [viewed]

ECLAC5 May 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) proposed to the biennial session of the Commission six "social compacts" on equality and development covering fiscal policy, investment, industrial policy, inclusive financing, labor reform, public services, environmental sustainability and natural resource governance. 

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UNEP, China Collaborate on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

UNEP10 May 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and China will collaborate to enhance South-South cooperation on climate change adaptation, according to a high-level agreement endorsed by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Through the agreement, UNEP and China agree to harness their “strengths, capacities and resources” to assist countries in the Global South with the fight against climate change.

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UNECE Region Agrees on Scope, Objectives for Sustainable Housing Charter [viewed]

UNECE8 May 2014: Government Ministers and Agency Heads from 27 countries agreed on the scope and objectives for a Charter on Sustainable Housing in the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region, at the First Informal Meeting of the Committee on Housing and Land Management. The Charter is expected to support the long-term sustainability of the housing sector and the building of green, socially inclusive human settlements.

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OWG 11 Expands List of Goals and Targets [viewed]

owg9 May 2014: Participants in the 11th session of the UN General Assembly Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) considered a list of 16 “focus areas” and approximately 150 potential targets, as contained in the working document for the session.

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Zayed International Prize for the Environment Awards Announced [viewed]

zayed-prize7 May 2014: The Zayed International Prize for the Environment Award has been awarded to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco in recognition of the efforts of the Prince Albert II Foundation to spur urgent action on climate change, biodiversity protection and water security. He received the Prize at a ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 7 May 2014. At the event, two additional Zayed Prizes were awarded in each of the '2nd Category for Scientific and or Technological Achievement in Environment,' and in the '3rd Category for Environmental Action Leading to Positive Change in Society.'

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