Sustainable Development

Event: UNGA Dialogue 1-2 on Technology Transfer Mechanism [viewed]

In UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 68/210, Member States decided to hold a series of four, one-day structured dialogues to consider possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The first two dialogues will be held back-to-back, on 29-30 April 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The themes for these two dialogues are 'Stock-taking of the debates on development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies,' and 'Assessing fragmentation, synergies, areas of duplication and opportunities for cooperation between existing mechanisms and processes, thus improving overall coherence and enhancing interlinkages,' respectively.  

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Pacific Region Launches UN Decade for SE4All [viewed]

Sustainable Energy for All2 April 2014: The Pacific region launched the UN Decade for Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All), as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the efforts of island States in addressing sustainable development challenges at "a pivotal moment."

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EU, China Discuss Climate Change, Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

eu-china31 March 2014: The EU and China recognized the need to strengthen climate change cooperation in preparing “a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force” under the UNFCCC to be adopted in 2015 in Paris. They also addressed efforts to promote sustainable development and formulate the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNFCCC Publishes Tool for Elaborating CDM's Sustainable Development Benefits [viewed]

UNFCCC2 April 2014: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the UNFCCC has published a voluntary online tool for highlighting the sustainable development benefits of the CDM in a “structured, consistent, comparable and robust manner.” The aim is to enhance the transparency of CDM projects' sustainable development benefits.

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UNDP Calls for Inputs on Draft Social and Environmental Standards [viewed]

UNDP3 March 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced an invitation to provide comments on its draft Social and Environmental Standards (SESs), which underpin UNDP's commitment to mainstreaming social and environmental sustainability in its programmes and projects. The Standards aim to: strengthen UNDP's social and environmental outcomes; minimize and manage adverse impacts when avoidance is not possible; and strengthen capacities for managing social and environmental risks.

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World Bank Report Proposes Priorities for Sustainable Urbanization [viewed]

World Bank25 March 2014: ‘Urban China: Toward Efficient, Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanization,' a report by the World Bank and China's Development Research Center, proposes a ‘new urbanization' path that will be environmentally sustainable, ensure food security, better allocate capital, labor and land, and place people at its center.

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GWP Launches 2020 Strategy [viewed]

GWP Global logotype21 March 2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has launched its strategy for the period 2014-2019, which aims to achieve a ‘water secure world,' focusing on six thematic areas: climate resilience and water security; transboundary water security; food and water security; urbanization and water security; energy and water security; and ecosystems and water security.

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IPU Adopts Resolution on Risk Resilient Development [viewed]

Ipu21 March 2014: The 130th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) concluded with the adoption of a resolution on risk resilient development, which: underscores that “reducing disaster risk and protecting people's lives are the legal responsibility of all public representatives;” and urges members to enhance their oversight role and “take immediate action to review existing legislation related to disaster risk reduction (DRR).”

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CCAFS, Guatemala Publish Report on Climate and Food Security [viewed]

CCAFS20 March 2014: Guatemala's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food (MAGA) and the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) have released a report highlighting the diverse programmes and research being undertaken in Guatemala to cope with a changing climate.

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OECD Workshop Shares National Experiences on Green Growth [viewed]

OECD20 February 2014: Participants shared regional and national examples of good practice on green growth at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Expert Workshop on ‘Green Growth, Development Planning and Policy.' Participants emphasized the need to understand the economic rationale behind existing green business initiatives and the possibility to 'green' existing jobs, as opposed to creating more green jobs.

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