This Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) meeting is co-hosted by the Regional Office For Latin America and the Caribbean of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). The objectives of the meeting are to: strengthen and focus regional inputs to the IPBES Work Programme 2014-2018; strengthen regional participation in the IBPES intersessional process on other elements of the Platform; develop an active network of institutions contributing to IPBES work and related capacity building in Latin America and the Caribbean; and identify possible partnerships between Institutions and/or Governments to strengthen sub-regional and regional biodiversity and ecosystems services assessments, as well as knowledge generation, within the IPBES framework.
20 December 2012: The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) launched the Third Green Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Application Challenge, in collaboration with Telefónica, in Geneva, Switzerland. The Challenge aims to promote innovation and "out of the box" thinking on smart, sustainable cities and environmental sustainability in urban areas.
8 July 2011: The International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Sixth Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), the Environment and Climate Change, focused on the issue of ICTs, the environment and climate change in Africa and the needs of developing countries, and concluded with a Call to Action for global leaders to recognize the role of ICTs in tackling climate change and to enhance their ability to do so.
The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) held a conference on “Promoting Green Building Rating in Africa,” from 4-6 May 2010, at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The event brought together experts, practitioners and decision makers from 20 African countries and concluded with the adoption of a declaration to promote and foster green building practices in Africa.
In the “Nairobi Declaration on Green Building for Africa,” participants underline the urgency to improve the environmental performance and energy efficiency of buildings in order to “reduce carbon dioxide emissions and help strengthen the ability of cities to adapt to climate change while improving the quality of the built environment.” They express their commitment to “being the promoters of green practices” to reduce the carbon footprint of the construction sector in Africa. Participants further emphasize the importance of, inter alia: sourcing building materials and appropriate technology that are locally available; taking into account climatic conditions when designing buildings and making use of naturally available energies; using renewable energy; and developing and using a green building rating system.
In relation to the latter, participants recommend the development of models of Green Building Councils and the associated green rating systems catering to the various needs and specificities of individual countries and/or sub-regions. The Declaration also calls for the establishment of an African Network of Green Building Councils.
Links to further information
UN-HABITAT News, 14 May 2010
Conference on Green Building in Africa
Nairobi Declaration on Green Building
The fifth World Urban Forum (WUF-5), which took place from 22-26 March 2010, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, under the theme “The Right to the City: Bridging the Urban Divide,” was hosted by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the Government of Brazil.
The second Africa Carbon Forum, which was held from 3-5 March 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya, sought to help build on growing interest in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Africa, and concluded with expectations for a boost in Africa's share of the global carbon market.
The eleventh Special Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-11/GMEF) convened from 24-26 February 2010, in Bali, Indonesia.