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MEDIA REPORTS

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

This page was updated on: 01/13/10

 

2006

 

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DECEMBER 2006

FIVE AFRICAN NATIONS TO ESTABLISH WORLD’S LARGEST TRANSFRONTIER CONSERVATION AREA
Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Angola met on 7 December 2006 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work towards establishing the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA). Once established, it will be Africa's biggest cross border conservation project, measuring 30,000 square kilometers and including the Okavango and Zambezi river basin, with a total of 36 national parks, game reserves, community wildlife areas and wildlife management areas such as Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta, Chobe Game Reserve and Caprivi Strip. The TFCA will become the 14th cross border conservation area in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Botswana’s Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Kitso Mokaila, highlighted the TFCA’s potential to boost tourism, regional integration and development among the five country partners. The preparatory process leading to the MoU involved a pre-feasibility study that was undertaken from October 2005 to August 2006, facilitated by Peace Parks Foundation and co-funded by WWF-Netherlands & the Rufford Maurice Laing Foundation (UK). The study sets outs specific targets for the process involved in formally establishing the TFCA through the signing of a treaty between the partner countries before 2010.

Link to further information
AllAfrica News Story, 12 December 2006

NOVEMBER 2006

 

UNITAR TO SUPPORT EFFORTS TO STRENGTHEN CAPACITIES FOR DEMOCRATIC ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), within the framework of its cooperation with the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD), will be in a position to support three Central American countries to prepare a National Profile, organize a National Priority Setting Workshop and priorities and to develop a draft National Action Plan to strengthen capacities for democratic environmental governance. The projects are meant to make a contribution to the implementation of Principle 10 of the 1992 Rio Declaration, and the deadline for submitting applications is 30 November 2006.

 

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Information and Application Information

 

OCTOBER 2006

 

ANNAN EMPHASIZES URGENCY OF ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE AT COLLOQUIUM ON ENFORCEMENT AND COMPLIANCE

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan emphasized that the true test of countries’ commitment to addressing ecological issues remains in implementation and enforcement, especially with regard to greenhouse gases, in his message to the 4th IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium. The Colloquium convened from 16-20 October 2006 at Pace Law School in White Plains, NY, US, under the theme “Implementing Environmental Legislation: the Critical Role of Enforcement and Compliance.” Annan’s 16 October message noted the urgency of action on climate change, “given its profound implications for virtually every aspect of human well-being, from jobs and health to growth and security.”

 

Links to further information
4th IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium website
UN Secretary-General Press Release, 16 October 2006

 

SEPTEMBER 2006

 

SECOND ANNUAL CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE SECURES US$7 BILLION IN PLEDGES

Over 200 pledges of funding worth a reported $7.3 billion were made during the second meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, held from 20-22 September 2006 in New York, US. The Initiative addresses four issues: climate change, poverty, health care and religious and ethnic conflict. After numerous plenary and working sessions on these issues during the three-day meeting, each participant at the meeting was expected to make an original, specific and measurable commitment. Attendees who do not make or keep their commitment will not be invited to attend future meetings. The 2006 pledges included Richard Branson’s pledge to invest the next 10 years’ profits from his Virgin Group’s airline and train businesses in renewable energy initiatives, an estimated commitment of US$3 billion.

 

Link to further information

Clinton Global Initiative website

 

GLOBAL BIOENERGY PARTNERSHIP SECRETARIAT “OPEN FOR BUSINESS”

The Secretariat for the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP), which was launched by the G8 at the 14th Session of the UN Commission for Sustainable Development in May 2006 in New York to promote the use of bioenergy, has opened for business. The Secretariat is located at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) headquarters and is supported by the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea. It is charged with facilitating a global political forum to promote bioenergy and to encourage the production, marketing and use of “green” fuels, with a particular focus on developing countries. Current partners of the GBEP are: all G8 Countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, US), China, Mexico, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the UN Foundation, the European Biomass Industry Association (EUBIA) and FAO.

 

Link to further information

FAO news release (25 September 2006)

 

AUGUST 2006

 

FOOTBALL GREATS ENDORSE 2010 GREEN WORLD CUP PLANS

World Cup football stars Ronaldo Luiz Nazariode Lima and Zinédine Zidane, both UN Goodwill Ambassadors, have endorsed plans to build an energy-efficient public transport system in South Africa in time for the 2010 World Cup. Their 29 August 2006 statement, which was issued along with the UN Development Programme at the opening of the Global Environement Facility Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa, emphasized that the project provides an “opportunity to showcase the talents of engineers, designers, architects and city planners and their solutions for a cleaner, fairer, and ultimately more just planet.” The project will investigate clean energy alternatives to fossil fuel-driven transport, make public transport a viable alternative to private cars for match spectators, and create better, sustainable transport planning around the country.

 

Link to further information

UN News Release (29 August 2006)

 

COCA-COLA RELEASES FIRST CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY AND SUSTAINABLITY REVIEW

Coca-Cola Enterprises has released its first company-wide Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Review. The report is based on the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines for the Global Reporting Initiative and highlights: the establishment in 2005 of a Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Advisory Council; voluntary changes to nutritional labeling as a result of consumer research and stakeholder engagement; a 20% reduction in packaging use since 2001; an estimated 1.53 billion liters of water savings since 2004 through conservation measures; and adoption of ISO 14001 environmental management standards in many facilities. The report comes at a time when the company is facing protests in India, where activists say its products contain high levels of pesticides and its operations are depleting water supplies.

 

Links to further information

GLOBE-Net news release (via WBCSD) (24 August 2006)

Coca-Cola Enterprises Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Review 2005

Global Reporting Initiative

 

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT INNOVATION PROGRAMME LAUNCHED

A scheme to support and showcase innovation for sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region has been established. The Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED) has launched a new “Innovative Showcase for Sustainable Development” programme, and is offering grants of up to US$30,000 to support proposals for “smooth implementation of innovative ideas, project design improvement, and disseminating of the lessons learned.” The deadline for proposals is 30 September 2006.

 

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More information (August 2006)

 

JULY 2006

 

CHINA’S COAL USE CONSIDERED; BEIJING UNVEILS AMBITIOUS GREEN PLAN

China has announced plans to spend US$175 billion over the next five years on environmental protection, according to media reports. The efforts would focus on water quality and air and land pollution. Meanwhile, the challenges faced by China in meeting growing electricity demand in a sustainable way was the topic of a recent short article and an earlier roundtable involving the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and China Business Council for Sustainable Development. In mid-July 2006, WBCSD published a short think-piece on its website, following on from a recent longer publication, Pathways to 2050, and a roundtable held earlier in 2006.

 

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BBC news article, 18 July 2006

WBCSD article, 18 July 2006

 

JUNE 2006

 

TONY BLAIR ANNOUNCES PANEL TO MONITOR MDGS
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced the establishment of a panel to monitor the 2005 G8 promises made in Gleneagles to address poverty. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will head the Africa Progress Panel, which will receive funding from Bill Gates. Bob Geldof, President Obasanjo of Nigeria and Peter Eigen, the founder of Transparency International, will be among the other Panel members. The Panel will be charged with encouraging and measuring progress related to commitments made to and by Africa at the G8 and UN Summits towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. It will report annually to the G8, the UN and the African Partnership Forum.

Link to further information

Tony Blair’s speech (26 June 2006)

 

EU ADOPTS RENEWED SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY
A summit of EU heads of state and government has adopted a renewed sustainable development strategy (SDS). The new SDS identifies key challenges, accompanied by targets and actions, as: climate change and clean energy; sustainable transport; sustainable consumption and production; conservation and management of natural resources; public health; social inclusion, demography and migration; and global poverty and global sustainable development challenges. An EU SDS was adopted at the European Council in Gothenburg in 2001 and complemented with an external dimension by the European Council in Barcelona, but a mid-term review revealed unsustainable trends that needed to be addressed. As a result, the Commission presented a Communication reviewing the SDS in December 2005, which the Austrian EU Presidency used to prepare a compromise text for consideration at the 15-16 June 2006 summit of EU leaders.

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Renewed EU Sustainable Development Strategy

EurActiv.com news release, 20 June 2006

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY COULD CUT ENERGY DEMAND IN HALF - AGENCY
Determined action to increase the use of cleaner and more energy-efficient technologies could have a dramatic impact on future energy demand and carbon emissions, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency. The publication, “Energy Technology Perspectives: Scenarios and Strategies to 2050,” supports strong action to deploy a full mix of energy technologies, including carbon dioxide capture and storage, energy efficiency, renewables and also nuclear energy “where acceptable.” The report, which was released in the run up to the G8 St. Petersburg Summit, presents scenarios to demonstrate the role that existing energy technologies and those under development can play in future energy markets.

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IEA press release, 22 June 2006

 

MAY 2006

 

EBRD INVESTS IN ENERGY INITIATIVE
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has launched a €1.5 billion initiative to support efforts to reduce energy waste and pollution in over two dozen countries.

Links to further information

WBCSD/AFP news article, 22 May 2006

EBRD Press Release, 19 May 2006

Address to EBRD annual meeting by Hilary Benn, UK Secretary of State for International Development, 22 May 2006

Agence France-Presse report, 22 May 2006

 

APRIL 2006

 

WORLD BANK PUSHES EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS FROM GAS FLARING
Carbon dioxide emissions from gas flaring will amount to about 13% of committed emission reductions by developed countries under the Kyoto Protocol for the period 2008-2012, according to the World Bank. “Reducing gas flaring requires a global and concerted effort by governments and industry, as well as financial institutions and local communities,” says Bent Svensson, manager of the Global Gas Flaring Reduction partnership (GGFR). “Gas flaring reduction has been most successful where there is country buy-in, high-level support and an effective local partnership between government and industry.”

The GGFR partnership facilitates and supports national efforts to use the associated gas and thus reduce flaring, by tackling the lack of effective regulatory frameworks and the constraints on gas utilization, such as insufficient infrastructure and poor access to local and international energy markets, particularly in developing countries.

Links to further information
World Bank Press Release, 23 April 2006
Global Gas Flaring Reduction partnership (GGFR)

CHINA REFLECTS ON GREEN TARGETS

China is struggling to meet its environmental goals due to economic growth, according to one of its leading politicians. It is also looking at issuing regular “report cards” to monitor its progress pollution emissions and energy use.  

 

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Greenwire news report, 19 April 2006

Bloomberg news report, 19 April 2006

 

MARCH 2006

 

BUSINESS ALLIANCE TO PROMOTE ENERGY SELF-SUFFICIENT BUILDINGS

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has formed an alliance of global companies to promote the construction of energy self-sufficient buildings. Participants will seek to determine how buildings can be designed and constructed so that they use no energy from external power grids, are carbon neutral, and can be built and operated at fair market values.  

 

Links to further information
WBCSD News Releases, 29 March 2006

WBCSD News Releases, 30 March 2006

 

EUROPEAN ALLIANCE FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ANNOUNCED

The European Commission has launched a business-led alliance for corporate social responsibility (CSR). The new alliance, which was announced on 22 March 2006, will promote actions including awareness raising campaigns and best practice exchange, education and the integration of CSR into EU policies. Environmentalists criticized the initiative, however, on the grounds that it excludes non-business stakeholders.   

 

Link to further information
WBCSD News Release, 22 March 2006

 

EBRD INVITES INPUT ON ENERGY POLICY

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has prepared a revised Energy Operations Policy. The draft Energy Operations Policy document sets out the general, specific and operational role of the Bank in the energy sector and establishes the overall framework for the Bank’s activities over the strategy period 2006-2010. It will succeed the Energy Operations Policy approved by the Board on 21 March 2001, as well as the Natural Resources Policy approved on 23 March 1999. Comments are invited until 19 April 2006.   

 

Links to further information
Read the draft Energy Operations Policy, March 2006

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FOCUS ON NATURAL DISASTERS MARKS WORLD METEOROLOGICAL DAY

Preventing and mitigating natural disasters was the theme for World Meteorological Day 2006. The event is marked on 23 March each year.   

 

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World Meteorological Organization web site

 

UNEP HAILS OLYMPIC EFFORTS TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE GAMES

UNEP has highlighted the extensive environmental programme that organizers of the recent Torino Olympics undertook to make the event “environmentally friendly and sustainable in ways that will benefit the entire region for years to come.” These efforts included selecting suppliers based on the ecological quality of their products, promoting alternative point of sale refrigeration technology in the food and beverage industry, and the development of eco-friendly buildings.

 

Links to further information
UN press release, 1 March 2006

UNEP press release, 8 February 2006

 

FEBRUARY 2006

 

TOUR OPERATORS INITIATIVE STRENGTHENS LINKS TO WORLD TOURISM ORGANIZATION

The international Tour Operators Initiative network has moved its secretariat from Paris to Madrid, where it will be co-located with the headquarters of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The Tour Operators Initiative was founded in 1999 with the backing of UNWTO, UNEP and UNESCO. The voluntary, non-profit organization carries out work in five areas, including research on environmental, socio-economic and cultural topics, capacity building and technical support. It now boasts 20 companies from 11 countries and a support base including Conservation International and WWF.

 

Link to further information
UN press release, 23 February 2006

 

HIGH-LEVEL UN PANEL ON DEVELOPMENT, HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE AND THE ENVIRONMENT ESTABLISHED

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has announced the formation of a high-level panel to explore how the United Nations system could work more coherently and effectively in the areas of development, humanitarian assistance and the environment. The announcement, which was made on 16 February 2006, follows the call in the Outcome Document adopted at the 2005 World Summit for the Secretary-General to commission work on how to improve United Nations system-wide coherence across the various development and humanitarian-related agencies. The study is intended to lay the groundwork for a restructuring of United Nations operational work, complementing other major reform initiatives currently under way at the United Nations. The 15 member panel will be co-chaired by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, Luísa Dias Diogo, Prime Minister of Mozambique, and Norway’s Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg. The panel is expected to complete its work by mid-2006, to allow for formal presentation of its recommendations to the UN General Assembly in September 2006.

 

Link to further information
UN press Release, 16 February 2006

 

JANUARY 2006

 

AFRICAN LEADERS ADOPT DECLARATION TO BOOST TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT AND CAPACITY BUILDING

The Heads of States and governments of six African countries have adopted a January 2006 Declaration on the implementation in Africa of the Bali Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity Building in the field of the environment. The Presidents of Burkina Faso, Kenya and The Gambia, together with Prime Ministers from Lesotho, Rwanda and Tunisia, consulted in the margins of the Sixth Assembly of the African Union, which met in Sudan at the end of January 2006, to assess the Bali Strategic Plan. The Bali Strategic Plan was initially adopted by the 23rd Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum of UNEP in February 2005 as an inter-governmentally agreed framework for strengthening the capacity of governments in developing countries and countries with economies in transition to address their needs, priorities and obligations in the field of the environment. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has initiated pilot projects to implement the Bali Process in these six African countries.

 

Link to further information
UNEP News Release, 24 January 2006

 

EU GROWTH REPORT SPOTLIGHTS SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

The European Commission’s “Annual Progress Report on the Lisbon Strategy” for growth and jobs has highlighted sustainable energy as a priority area.

 

Link to further information
EC press statement, 25 January 2006

 

REGIONAL ENVIRONMENT AWARD DEADLINE APPROACHES

A new international environment prize � the Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED) Awards for Good Practices � has been launched. The first prizes will be presented in mid-2006, while the deadline for applications/nominations is 31 March 2006.

 

Link to further information
APFED web site

 

CARPATHIAN CONVENTION TO ENTER INTO FORCE

Hungary has ratified the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians, providing the critical fourth ratification to bring the treaty into force. The Slovak Republic, Ukraine and the Czech Republic had previously ratified the convention, for which negotiations began in 2002 during the United Nations International Year of the Mountains. It was adopted and signed in May 2003 at the fifth Environment for Europe Conference. Poland, Romania and Serbia and Montenegro have not yet ratified the pact, which addresses issues ranging from conserving biological and landscape diversity to promoting sustainable agriculture and forestry and developing appropriate transportation and infrastructure.

 

Links to further information
UN news releases, 4 January 2006:
Hungary�s ratification of UN-backed treaty triggers new protections for Europe�s forests
Mountain Region in the Heart of Europe gets Legal Protection

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