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g203G20 nations have backed strong action on climate change in the wake of the Brisbane leaders' summit.

'We support strong and effective action to address climate change,' the official communique released on Sunday said.

ban_ki-moon8On the margins of the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with senior European officials as well as Turkey's Prime Minister to discuss the ongoing Ukraine crisis, the Ebola outbreak, climate change, and combating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

According to his spokesperson, Mr. Ban held meetings with Mr. Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council and Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.

unesco2World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan, closed today with a declaration calling for urgent action to mainstream ESD and include ESD in the post-2015 development agenda. The Aichi-Nagoya Declaration calls on all nations to implement the Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP) to move the ESD agenda forward.

“We were able to share successful initiatives from all over the world, to help government representatives and other key stakeholders formulate new goals and objectives.  We have shaped these into a Roadmap for ESD that will implement the Global Action Programme,” said Mr Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education of UNESCO.

bokova6At the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in Aichi-Nagoya, the Director-General held talks, on 10 November 2014, with Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasna of Morocco, President of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection.

Expressing her gratitude for the participation of Her Royal Highness in the Conference, the Director-General commended the Foundation’s work and the scope of its projects covering the Eco-Schools network, raising the journalists’ awareness, coastal protection, the prize for young environmental reporters, educational activities in the Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean, and many others.

bokova510 November 2014 – The role education can play in preparing the world's youth for a sustainable future is becoming increasingly relevant, particularly as the planet is set to face growing economic, social and environmental challenges, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared today as she opened a conference on the subject in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan.

“To achieve sustainable development, technology, political regulations and financial incentives will not suffice – we need to change the way that we think and act, as individuals and as societies,” UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, told delegates at the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

UNIDO_Forum4 November 2014 – Advancing inclusive and sustainable industrial development, both on its own and as part of a broader campaign to protect the planet and all people in the future, is the moral and political responsibility of all governments, the private sector and financial institutions, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today.

Opening a forum of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna, Mr. Ban emphasized the importance of sustainable development as the UN and its partners strive to address the underlying causes of crises, including poverty and environmental degradation.

1The issues related to the sustainable energy development will be discussed by foreign students - participants of the UNESCO/ISEDC Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme in October this year.

On the 6th of October 2014 the 8th session of the UNESCO/ISEDC Co-sponsored Fellowships Programme for specialists from developing countries and countries in transition started up at the premises of Ecological Faculty of Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia. This year the Programme is participated by 19 young specialists from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Gambia, Madagascar, Mali, Mongolia, Montenegro, Peru, Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Togo, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

co_8Global greenhouse gas emissions will need to drop to zero by the end of the century if governments hope to prevent massive and irreversible changes to the Earth’s climate, a United Nations’ scientific group warned on Sunday.

The report from the Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change is latest and most dire warning yet that human activities, primarily the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas, are changing the Earth’s climate far more quickly than would have occurred naturally.

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