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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G8 Communique Reaffirms Commitment to Sustainable Development

Jun 19, 2013 No Comments by

In a communique released on June 18, 2013 at the end of the G8 Summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, G8 leaders reaffirmed their commitment to climate change action and the passage of a global climate accord in 2015.  The communique strongly emphasized sustainable development in terms of economic and human security, and expressed a [...]

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UNEP Restructured for Universal Membership

Dec 24, 2012 2 Comments by

On December 21st, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly announced significant structural changes for the United Nations Environment Programme. The first change is that UNEP’s governing body will now have universal membership, which means that any of the 193 UN member states can hold seats in UNEP’s next Governing Council.  Additionally, UNEP will now receive [...]

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Kenya Mourns Reform-Driven Environment Minister

Feb 23, 2012 No Comments by

On Tuesday, February 21st, 2012, the Hon. John Michuki, Kenya’s reform-driven environment minister, passed away. The minister, a hardworking and firm bureaucrat, succumbed to a heart attack in a Nairobi hospital just days after returning from treatment for a mild stroke in the United Kingdom. During the same week, the 12th Session of the Governing Council of UNEP was taking place [...]

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UNEP’s 13th Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum

Feb 19, 2012 No Comments by

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) organized the 13th Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-13) at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya on 18-19 February 2012. The Global Forum is an annual event organized right before the UNEP Governing Council, to provide an opportunity for civil society and other groups to exchange ideas and get [...]

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UNEP Guidelines for Participation of Major Groups and Stakeholders Under Review: Deadline 15 October

Oct 04, 2011 4 Comments by

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), through its Major Groups and Stakeholders Branch (MGSB) and the Major Groups Facilitating Committee (MGFC), have initiated a process to revise the Guidelines for Participation of Major Groups and Stakeholders in Policy Design at UNEP. The UN Charter formally recognizes three categories of participants in the UN: (i) representatives of [...]

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