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Sustainable Development Goals follow in the footsteps of the Millennium Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals to Follow Millennium Development Goals

Under the auspices of the UN, a new global sustainability initiative is taking shape. With the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) having wrapped up its work on September 20th and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set to expire in 2015, political leaders and policy makers are crafting a new development framework based on sustainability. Millennium Development Goals In 2000,…

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The UN and World Bank seek to motivate the international community toward sustainable energy with the "Sustainable Energy for All" initiative

UN, World Bank, IEA Gear Up to Achieve Sustainable Energy for All

Concerted, determined action is needed in order to realize the aims of the UN Secretary General’s “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative. Despite increasing deployment of renewable energy systems, gains in energy efficiency and greater access to electricity and modern energy services, billions more needs to be invested annually if global society is to continue to improve living standards and conditions while avoiding the worst effects of climate change.

water security is the focus of the UN's agenda for post-2015 development

UN Zooms In On Water Security and its Role in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The cross-cutting and mutually reinforcing social and environmental benefits of assuring equitable access to safe, clean, sustainable supplies of water have long been recognized as central to building and maintaining healthy societies and assuring environmental health and integrity. In a warming world experiencing ever-increasing greenhouse gas emissions and environmental degradation, water security has taken on even greater importance. Marking World…

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sustainable energy for all. IRENA promotes roadmap for 30 percent renewable energy

IRENA Launches Roadmap to 30 Percent Renewable Energy by 2030 Project

With Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2013 under way, the International Renewable Energy Agency launched a research project that aims to double renewable energy’s share of the global energy mix by 2030.

The State of Climate Change Negotiations at COP 17

Although progress seems unlikely at COP 17, failure is not an option. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is warning participants at the deadlocked climate talks about the importance of finding solutions. “It would be difficult to overstate the gravity of this moment,” Ban said “Without exaggeration, we can say: the future of our planet is at stake – people’s lives,…

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It's full speed ahead for Christian Figueres as she urges nations to expand the commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions

UNFCCC Chief Figueres Urges Nations to Step Up Their Commitments and Work Toward Comprehensive Climate Treaty

When Christiana Figueres took over the reigns as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), she emphasized lowered expectations for the COP16 climate talks. In comments made last summer, Figueres predicted that a full and binding climate treaty, if ever reached, would “certainly not happen in my lifetime” Now that COP16 has ended on a…

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Presses for Progress in Cancun and Beyond

Opening remarks at a December 7 press briefing at the COP16 climate conference in Cancun by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon When I became Secretary-General, I made climate change one of my top priorities. The reason is simple. Climate change affects everything the UN does – peace and security, development, and human rights. We cannot sustain gains toward our Millennium Development Goals……

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