UNCSD PrepCom Begins Discussion of Green Economy and Sustainable Development Governance [viewed]

17 May 2010: The first Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) began its deliberations on the green economy and the institutional framework for sustainable development on 17 May 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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World Telecommunication and Information Society Day Celebrated [viewed]

17 May 2010: In a message to mark World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged fully using the potential of telecommunication and information technologies to improve life-saving services, promote sustainable development and foster international peace.

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ILRI to Build Climate Model to Predict Disease Outbreaks [viewed]

17 May 2010: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has received a $4.4 million award for research to build a climate model that can predict outbreaks of infectious disease in Africa.

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UNFCCC Releases Parties' Submissions for AWG-LCA 10 [viewed]

17 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released two documents containing submissions from parties in preparation for the tenth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 10) to be held in Bonn, Germany from 1-11 June 2010.

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UNFCCC Releases Chair's Text to Facilitate Negotiations at AWG-LCA 10 [viewed]

17 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the Chair's text to facilitate negotiations among parties at the tenth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) to be held in Bonn, Germany, from 1-11 June 2010 (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/6).

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UNFCCC Releases GEF Report on Poznan Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer [viewed]

14 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report (FCCC/SBI/2010/4) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on progress made in carrying out the Poznan strategic programme on technology transfer.

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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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