UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon Opens Inaugural Meeting of UN Scientific Advisory Board

Jan 31, 2014 No Comments by

The United Nations Scientific Advisory Board held its inaugural meeting on January 30th, 2014. Opening remarks were given by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who hailed the importance of the new body in shaping political action on issues of sustainable development, the reduction of inequality, and the eradication of poverty. “We need scientific approaches that overcome [...]

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4th Annual Massachusetts Sustainable Economy Conference Announced

Aug 15, 2013 No Comments by

On September 25, 2013, Integrative Sustainability & Environmental Solutions Planning (ISES), in partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, will host the 4th Annual Massachusetts Sustainable Economy Conference at the Massachusetts State House in Boston. The conference will address the theme “How Resilient is Massachusetts?” and hopes to [...]

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UNEP Builds Partnerships to Combat Desertification in China, Mongolia, and Central Asia

Aug 05, 2013 No Comments by

On August 5, 2013, the UN Environment Programme announced that UNEP and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have signed Memoranda of Understanding with the Beijing-based Elion Foundation, a NGO that supports desertification control, local community development, and education in the Kubuqi region–China’s seventh largest desert–and in other areas of China, Mongolia, and Central [...]

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NYT Op Ed: A Republican Case for Climate Action

Aug 02, 2013 No Comments by

On Friday, August 2, the editorial page of the New York Times ran a refreshing reminder that environmental governance is an issue beyond the narrow bounds of American partisanship. Four former heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), William D. Ruckelshaus, Lee M. Thomas, William K. Reilly, and Christine Todd Whitman, co-wrote a piece warning [...]

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UNEP and Achim Steiner Participate in the 7th World Environmental Education Congress

Jul 19, 2013 No Comments by

On June 12, 2013, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, delivered an address to the opening plenary session of the 7th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) in Marrakesh, Morocco.  The Congress–a joint effort of the Mohamed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, the WEEC Permanent Secretariat, and the Kingdom of Morocco–brought together [...]

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UN General Assembly Creates High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development

Jul 17, 2013 No Comments by

On July 9, 2013, the General Assembly of the United Nations passed a resolution on the high-level political forum on sustainable development. The high-level political forum resolution followed up on a recommendation in the outcome document of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The forum, which will meet for the first time in [...]

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