Policy

RCE Bogota Coordinator Olga María Bermúdez Guerrero receives lifetime Award for environmental contributions in Colombia

On February 26, 2016 the District Secretary of Environment honored Olga María Bermúdez Guerrero, Coordinator of RCE Bogota, for her lifetime achievement and contribution to environmental thinking in Colombia. The Award "Augusto Ángel Maya" is named after Augusto Angel Maya, founder of the Institute of Environmental Studies at the National University of Colombia, who left a valuable environmental legacy, recognized both nationally and internationally.
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UNU celebrates 40th Anniversary with symposium on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

On 6 November 2015 the United Nations University organized the symposium “Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, as part of a series of events celebrating 40 years of UNU’s academic work. The symposium considered the adoption of the 2030 Agenda by UN Member States and the challenges faced by this ambitious global plan and the 17 SDGs.

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COP Event: What is needed to unlock the power of ESD to help address the global climate challenge?

10:00-11:30 COP21 Event: What is needed to unlock the power of ESD to help address the global climate challenge?

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is key to the
attainment of IUCN’s conservation mission and ecosystem protection goals. It recognises that people are at the heart of any nature based solutions to climate change.

Outcomes of the 4th RCE Conference of the Americas 2015

The 4th RCE Conference of the Americas was hosted by RCE Grand Rapids, USA from the 9th – 12th of August, 2015. Representatives from 11 regions spanning six nations of the Americas came together to present on projects from the past year, discuss regional and global sustainability challenges, and to collaborate on initiatives to move sustainability forward in the coming year.

Outputs emerging out of the conference include a Statement of Commitment to a Regional Strategic Plan for RCEs of the Americas, created to address three priority action areas:

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SCP indicators for SDGs - UNEP Discussion Paper

Please find below the link to the final approved version of the UNEP discussion paper, that was released on Monday at the start of IN 3 of the post-2015 development agenda discussions in New York. The purpose of the paper is summarized on the back cover, as below, and the document also contains an executive summary. 

Call for public review on the policy briefs to the UN Global Sustainable Development Report 2015

As part of the efforts to improve science-policy interface in the intergovernmental processes on sustainable development at the United Nations, the Global Sustainable Development Report had posted an open call to the scientific community around the world, inviting scientists to submit briefs, highlighting specific issues, findings, or researches with a bearing on sustainable development in its three dimensions – economic, social and environment – or their inter-linkages. Briefs were submitted by end of January 2015 in any official UN language.

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New development goals risk failure without clearer targets, scientists warn

LONDON, Feb 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.N. development goals for 2030 risk failure without clearer, more measurable targets that are based on the latest scientific evidence, researchers warned on Thursday.

World leaders are due to adopt later this year a set of new development objectives, such as ending hunger, promoting healthy lives and tackling climate change, to replace eight expiring U.N. Millennium Development Goals. To read the full article click here.

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