UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes Report on Collaborative Activities [viewed]

14 May 2010:The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/INF.1) that provides an overview of some of the collaborative activities, initiatives and programmes that the Secretariat is engaged in with UN entities, convention secretariats and intergovernmental organizations in order to facilitate an effective international response to climate change.

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Proposals Invited for Rio Conventions' Ecosystems and Climate Change Pavilion [viewed]

13 May 2010: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in consultation with the Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UNFCCC, will convene a Rio Conventions Ecosystems and Climate Change Pavilion at the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the CBD, to be held from 18-29 October 2010, in Nagoya, Japan. The Pavilion will also be held during the 16th session of the COP to the UNFCCC, at the end of 2011 in Cancun, Mexico, and the 10th session of the COP to the UNCCD, scheduled to take place in 2011 in the Republic of Korea. This initiative will also be extended to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), which will take place in Brazil in 2012. 

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UNEP Releases Green Economy Preview Report [viewed]

May 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has produced  “Green Economy Report: A preview” on the occasion of the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), taking place from 17-19 May 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The brochure, based on draft material available to date, provides a first preview of three sectors that will be examined by the report, namely fisheries, transport and water. It also highlights investment and policy reform opportunities to transition to a Green Economy.

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Event: Second PrepCom for UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) [viewed]

The UN General Assembly, in December 2009, adopted a resolution calling for a UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) to be convened in Brazil in 2012 (also referred to as Rio+20). The resolution established the dates for the preparatory committees leading to the event, and indicates the event should be focused on: a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and the institutional framework for sustainable development.  

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Event: Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting for CSD 19 [viewed]

The Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) will prepare for the policy-year session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), which will negotiate policy options related to the thematic cluster for the CSD 18-19 cycle: transport, chemicals, waste management, mining and the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns. The IPM will include a SIDS Special Day, consisting of interactive discussions to outline innovative policy options to support the sustainable development of SIDS, and addressing viable solutions for reducing the vulnerabilities of SIDS and for strengthening the sustainable management of chemicals, waste (hazardous and solid), mining and transport, and implementing sustainable consumption and production (SCP).  

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CSD 18 Reviews Policies Related to Transport, Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns [viewed]

14 May 2010: Delegates at the 18th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 18) focused on the thematic cluster of transport, chemicals, waste management, mining, and sustainable consumption and production patterns, and conducted a one-day preparatory committee meeting for the five-year high-level review of the Mauritius Strategy for the Implementation (MSI+5) of the Barbados Plan of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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UNEP-WCMC Launches Carbon and Co-benefits Website [viewed]

14 May 2010: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC), with support from the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), has launched a new website highlighting the potential for actions on maintaining natural carbon stocks to generate co-benefits, i.e. that are additional to climate change mitigation effects.

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UN-HABITAT Conference Adopts Declaration on Green Building for Africa [viewed]

14 May 2010:  The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) held a conference on Promoting Green Building Rating in Africa from 4-6 May 2010, at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The event brought together experts, practitioners and decision makers from 20 African countries and concluded with the adoption of a declaration to promote and foster green building practices in Africa.

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IPCC Review Committee Holds First Meeting [viewed]

14 May 2010: The InterAcademy Council, an organization of the world's science academies, has convened a committee to conduct an independent review of the procedures and processes of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The committee's first meeting was held on 14 May 2010, at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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UNDP Launches Photo Contest "Picture This: We Can End Poverty" [viewed]

14 May 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with Olympus Corporation and the Agence France-Presse (AFP) Foundation, launched a photo contest titled "Picture This: We Can End Poverty." The competition will feature work carried out in various countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 to demonstrate how ordinary people around the world are addressing their most pressing development challenges.

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