UN Secretariat

UNRISD Paper Examines Sustainable Development through Policy Integration in Latin America [viewed]

May 2012: The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) has published a paper on "Sustainable Development through Policy Integration in Latin America," as part of the Occasional Paper series for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The paper examines three projects, two in Brazil and one in Ecuador, to understand how social and political actors govern natural resource use to promote ecosystem protection, biodiversity, renewable energy use and poverty reduction.

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Event: Third Informal Informal Consultations on the UNCSD Outcome Document [viewed]

The Bureau of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) announced, on 4 May 2012, that an additional week of informal informal consultations on the UNCSD outcome document would take place from 29 May-2 June 2012.  

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NRF Calls for Papers on CSD 20 and CSD 21 Themes [viewed]

17 April 2012: Natural Resources Forum, a UN Sustainable Development Journal (NRF), has called for papers for a publication focused on the themes that were selected for the 20th and 21st sessions of the Commission on Sustainable Development's (CSD).

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UPU Letter-writing Competition Winners Announced at Year of Forests Ceremony [viewed]

9 February 2012: The winners of the Universal Postal Union's (UPU) International letter-writing competition for 2011 were presented with their awards during the closing ceremony of the International Year of Forests 2011, held at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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New UN Deputy Secretary-General Selected [viewed]

2 March 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that Jan Eliasson (Sweden), a veteran in the fields of diplomacy and foreign relations, has been appointed UN Deputy Secretary-General, and will take over from Asha-Rose Migiro (Tanzania) effective 1 July 2012.

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UNDOALOS Calls for Experts to Participate in the Regular Process [viewed]

1 March 2012: The UN Division of Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea (DOALOS) has issued a call for experts to participate in the UN Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socio-economic Aspects (the Regular Process).

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Event: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: 11th Session [viewed]

The 11th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which will convene in New York from 7-18 May 2012, will consider the special theme of "The Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)".  

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Event: UN Workshop in Support of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, Including Socio-economic Aspects [viewed]

This workshop will convene under the auspices of the UN in support of the Regular Process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socio-economic aspects. Participants will discuss, inter alia: the outline of the first global integrated marine assessment; the process of drafting the first global integrated marine assessment; the existing assessments in the region (based on the Assessment of Assessments findings and information submitted by States or regional organizations); and capacity building needs. Participants will also visit the National Nature Reserve of Sanya Coral Reef.  

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Satoyama 4 Features Views on Connections between CBD and Rio+20 [viewed]

February 2012: The fourth issue of Satoyama, a newsletter published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), contains articles by Heads of State and leaders of international organizations, as well as senior officials. The authors highlight, inter alia: the importance of biodiversity in the sustainable development agenda; human-influenced forces behind biodiversity loss; and collaborations between environmental organizations.

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ILCs Discussion Forum Focuses on Geo-engineering Impacts on Biodiversity [viewed]

1 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has launched an online discussion forum on the possible impacts of geo-engineering techniques on biodiversity, and associated social, economic and cultural considerations for indigenous and local communities (ILCs).

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