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16 Jul 2012 - QP appoints consultant for its Sustainable Development Team

Qatar Petroleum’s HSE Regulations and Enforcement Directorate has appointed a consultant for its Sustainable Development Team that is engaged in preparing the Sustainable Development Report 2011.

16 Jul 2012 - Good news for green rights as Ireland signs treaty

LEGAL OPINION: THE Rio+20 conference may have failed to deliver on expectations, but it is heartening to see that Ireland has, at last, ratified the Aarhus convention which it signed in 1998. It is immensely frustrating for all those concerned with strengthening environmental democracy and access to justice that there has been such a long delay in bringing about ratification of this important environmental treaty.

13 Jul 2012 - Building eco-civilization

In the past 20 years, though global achievements have been made in the provision of healthcare, education and the alleviation of poverty, the progress has been very slow in terms of the goals set by the Rio Summit in 1992. And the world has been facing increased eco-security, climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development challenges since then.

13 Jul 2012 - Earth Summit boosts Sri Lanka’s image

Promotion of Sri Lanka's diplomatic relations to a wider scale by establishing diplomatic links with a large number of countries in the African continent and the Latin American region is considered by political analysts as another step forward of the President's vision on diplomacy.

13 Jul 2012 - Drexel engineers develop new technology for grid-level electrical energy storage

In the aftermath of the recent United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, the focus of many industrialized nations is beginning to shift toward planning for a sustainable future. One of the foremost challenges for sustainability is efficient use of renewable energy resources, a goal that hinges on the ability to store this energy when it is produced and disburse it when it is needed. (

12 Jul 2012 - Urban Journal: No Wonder Gurgaon’s Revolting

Last week, fueled by a long and brutal summer with temperatures regularly crossing 40 degrees Celsius and power cuts of more than eight hours a day, residents in the suburbs of Delhi erupted in anger. Finally, on July 6, monsoon clouds burst over the region, bringing down temperatures (significantly) and tempers (moderately).

12 Jul 2012 - Mauritius: 'A Sustainable Society is Far More Than a Green Society'

Anneloes Smitsman is the founding director of the company ELIA - Ecological Living In Action and the Project Initiator of One Future One Planet (OFOP) Mauritius, an International project for building sustainable communities, locally and globally. 630 people attended the 16 Global Dialogues sessions organized in Mauritius.

12 Jul 2012 - Vietnam aims for Rio+20 sustainable development goals

Vietnam is striving to realize the 2011-2020 sustainable development goals set at the United Nations Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20).

11 Jul 2012 - Paving the way to sustainability

The UN estimates that the world’s population will reach 9 billion by 2050. As the population increases, so will the demand for dwindling natural resources.

11 Jul 2012 - Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week announced at Rio+20

The UAE has announced at the Rio+20 Earth Summit that the Abu Dhabu Sustainability Week (ADSW) will be held 13 to 17 January 2013.

9 Jul 2012 - Government to implement Rio document

“The Future We Want” document agreed by world leaders in the Rio+20 Earth Summit will serve as a guideline in implementation of the sustainable development projects in the country, a minister has said.

28 Jun 2012 - Final statement on Rio+20 by Women's Major Group

RIO+20: From the Future We Want to the Future We Need

28 Jun 2012 - UN senior officials highlight Rio+20 achievements

United Nations senior officials today highlighted the achievements made during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) held last week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, stressing that they represent a global movement of change in which governments, the private sector and civil society all contribute to achieve global prosperity while protecting the environment.

23 Jun 2012 - Rio+20 in Numbers

Over nine days (13 to 22 June), thousands of events were held in the lead-up to and during Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, throughout Rio de Janeiro, including more than 500 official and side events at the Riocentro Convention Center, where the conference was held. Rio+20 was the biggest UN conference ever held, with broad participation of leaders from Government, business and civil society, as well as UN officials, academics, journalists and the general public. Below are some key figures from Rio+20.

22 Jun 2012 - Rio+20: Secretary-General challenges nations to achieve ‘zero hunger’

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a ‘Zero Hunger Challenge’ which invites all countries to work for a future where every individual has adequate nutrition and where all food systems are resilient.

21 Jun 2012 - UN Multi-stakeholder Strategies for Scaling-up and Mainstreaming Sustainable Development

In order to achieve a green economy, green society, and a world fit for children, a radical transformation in our policies, technologies, patterns of production and consumption, and our foci of innovation is required. A wide range of sustainable development strategies have emerged, led by UN agencies, international and national organizations as well as civil society. These practices have demonstrated their potential to engage and empower even the most vulnerable and marginalized communities equipping them with values, skills and knowledge to thrive and contribute towards a green society. Yet, while there is evident success of these transformative practices, they often retain a status of “good examples” and are seldom up-scaled and mainstreamed to become a core strategy for a green economy.

This event, organized by the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Programme at UNU-IAS in partnership with UNICEF, UNDP and UNESCO, will explore multi-stakeholder partnerships and strategies that enable the implementation and concretization of sustainable development in areas such as urban planning, education, disaster risk reduction, innovation, research and more. It will also show that, in order to upscale sustainability practices at all levels, new and innovative forms of education and capacity development are required. The ESD Programme at UNU-IAS will place a particular emphasis on the ways in which its initiatives have created more effective information and knowledge generation and sharing on sustainable development, as well as showcasing case studies on learning as a transformative tool towards sustainability.


How can the public sector contribute in shaping a green economy?

Sweden is one of the leading countries on Sustainable public procurement and will present its successful concept.
UNOPs Executive director Jan Mattsson will present their experience on sustainable procurement which include collaboration with UNEP to develop training material and conducting training on sustainable procurement, and field projects in several countries

21 Jun 2012 - OFID commits US$ 1 billion to address Energy Poverty Alleviation

The Ministerial Council of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), meeting in its 33rd Annual Session, on June 14th in Austria, issued a Ministerial Declaration which states that OFID is committing a minimum of US$1 billion to financing the Energy for the Poor Initiative, further augmenting OFID’s contribution to battling energy poverty. The Ministerial Council is OFID’s highest policy-making body.

21 Jun 2012 - Discussion on vegetable and fruit preservation with charcoal coolers

A Discussion on vegetable preservation with charcoal coolers on Holistic Approach to Sustainable Development Group moderated by Arrey Mbongaya Ivo, Founder/Director of African Centre for Community and Development.
Title of Discussion: Fresh-picked vegetables and fruits last longer if they can be kept cool. African farmers use 'charcoal coolers' to store their crops before packing.

21 Jun 2012 - Group Discussions at Holistic Approach to Sustainable Development (HASD)

Group Discussions at Holistic Approach to Sustainable Development (HASD) . They cover issues including farming, agriculture, water, news, civil society, green economy etc

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