Guest Article #56: Green Growth: Time to Reframe the Way We Think About Growth [viewed]

In many countries, Green is the colour of hope. So, how “green” are we in 2011? The substantive achievements of COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico, were a crucial step in the international effort to address climate change and re-injected hope, trust and confidence in multilateral cooperation. But in order for this cooperation to be effective, we need to support it with major policy shifts at home.

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European Commission Unveils Roadmap for Competitive Low-carbon Europe [viewed]

8 March 2011: The European Commission has unveiled a roadmap for building a competitive low-carbon Europe by 2050, describing the cost-effective pathway to reach the EU's objective of cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80-95% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels.

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Women's Commission Considers Gender Equality in Climate Change Policies [viewed]

4 March 2011: The 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) took place at the UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 22 February-4 March 2011, under the theme "Access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women's equal access to full employment and decent work." 

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Viet Nam Cities Commit to DRR and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

4 March 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has reported that five of Viet Nam's largest cities, Ho Chi Minh, Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Can Tho and Da Nang, pledged to make cities safer against disasters. The pledge came at the second National Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, which convened in Viet Nam, from 1-4 March 2011.

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BASIC Ministers Discuss Cancun Outcome [viewed]

28 February 2011: The Sixth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change was held from 26-27 February 2011, in New Delhi, India. In line with the "BASIC-plus" approach, representatives from Argentina (as Chair of G-77/China), Algeria and Maldives were also in attendance.

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Event: Climate Change Legal Negotiations: Implications for Forest Governance, Equity and Livelihoods [viewed]

The UN University (UNU) is organizing this event focused on legal negotiations in climate change. During the event, a panel will discuss mechanisms for access and benefit sharing related to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including lessons for climate change legal negotiations from access and benefit sharing agreements. The panel will also discuss the implementation of global environmental agreements within local realities and highlight experiences of communities from different tropical regions in addressing the challenge of ensuring development objectives in an equitable and just manner.  

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ITU Holds Consultations on Digital Inclusion for LDCs [viewed]

7 March 2011: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is hosting high-level consultations on Digital Inclusion for Least Developed Countries (LDCs): Innovation, Growth, Sustainability, on 8-9 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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OECD Report Investigates Role of Policy in Greening Behavior [viewed]

7 March 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a report titled “Greening Household Behaviour: The Role of Public Policy,” that presents the results of a 10,000 household survey carried out in ten countries.

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UNEP Showcases New Green Buildings in Nairobi [viewed]

7 March 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has provided details on its new green building at UN headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, which are part of the UN Greening the Blue Initiative.

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UNFCCC Releases April Meeting Documents [viewed]

4 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the provisional agendas (AS/AGEN/PART/FEB/11) for the 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 16) and the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14), scheduled to take place from 5-8 April 2011, in Bangkok, Thailand.

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