UN Secretariat

229 Voluntary Commitments Reported to Date at Rio+20 [viewed]

RIO+2014 June 2012: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Secretariat has reported on the latest submissions of voluntary commitments, which it is compiling in an online compendium on the Rio+20 website. As of 14 June, a total of 229 voluntary commitments have been registered.

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UNDP Official Notes Needed Outcomes on Oceans and Sustainability [viewed]

13 June 2012: In the first installment of the UN News Centre's “Seven Issues, Seven Experts” interview series, Andrew Hudson, Head, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Water and Ocean Governance Programme, discusses oceans, invasive species and subsidies. He highlights that the serious challenges facing oceans also threaten economic services.

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Oceans Day Celebrates 30th Anniversary of UNCLOS [viewed]

8 June 2012: World Oceans Day, celebrated on 8 June 2012, featured a panel discussion to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the opening for signature of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Day aims to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with oceans.

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UN Secretary-General Announces New Heads of DPI, DESA [viewed]

31 May 2012: At the daily press briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, it was announced that he has made three high-level appointments, for the positions of Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, and Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

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World Environment Day Celebrations Focus on Green Economy [viewed]

5 June 2012: Millions of people celebrated World Environment Day (WED) around the theme, “Green Economy: Does it Include You?” highlighting the central role of communities in the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive green economy. The estimated 9,000 WED activities held worldwide included tree planting and the official launch of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in Brazil.

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ICP 13 Discusses Marine Renewable Energies [viewed]

1 June 2012: The 13th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (Consultative Process, or ICP 13) brought together representatives from governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and academic institutions to examine this year's topic, marine renewable energies (MREs).

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Natural Resources Forum Highlights Soil Erosion, Water Security, CSR Practices [viewed]

May 2012: The May 2012 issue of Natural Resources Forum, a quarterly journal issued by the UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), features articles on: challenging established narratives on soil erosion and shifting cultivation in Laos; water security; and a Chilean fruit exporters survey on variation in implementation of corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices in emerging economies' firms.

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Rio+20 Secretariat Lists Voluntary Commitments [viewed]

RIO+2024 May 2012: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Secretariat has begun listing voluntary commitments to deliver concrete results for sustainable development.

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International Biodiversity Day 2012 Celebrates Marine Biodiversity [viewed]

22 May 2012: Celebrated on 22 May 2012, the theme for this year's International Day for Biological Diversity was marine biodiversity. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the day by highlighting the fragile state of the world's oceans, and urging greater protection for marine biodiversity.

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Pavilion Showcases UN's Work on "Living Ocean and Coast" at Expo 2012 [viewed]

12 May 2012: The UN Pavilion has opened at the International Exposition 2012 (Expo 2012) in Yeosu, Republic of Korea, under the theme "Oceans and Coasts: Connecting Our Lives, Ensuring Our Future—The Choice is Yours." The Expo is the first international exposition focusing on ocean, coasts and islands in international recognition of their role, and is organized around the overall theme "The Living Ocean and Coast: Diversity of Resources and Sustainable Activities."

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