Live Earth: 7-continent concert on July 7, 2007 (UN Good Works)

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Support for Live Earth

Climate change needs attention now! This is the message behind Live Earth, a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series taking place on July 7 that will bring together more than 100 music artists and 2 billion people. Participating cities are New York, London, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Tokyo, Sydney and Hamburg. This movement, spearheaded by Al Gore and Emmy-winning producer Kevin Wall, is designed to trigger a response to issues such as global warming and the negative impact climate changes will have on the poorest populations of the world. Continue reading “Live Earth: 7-continent concert on July 7, 2007 (UN Good Works)”

Millennium Development Goals Report 2007 (UN Good Works)

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Every day across the globe the United Nations is empowering millions of people to build a better life for themselves, their family, their community, and our world. These are their stories in words and pictures. 

Monday, July 2, 2007

2007 MDG Report Released

Today, halfway through the set MDG deadline, the UN released its annual Millennium Development Goals Report, which provides a progress update for the UN system and the general public. Unsurprisingly, the report shows that progress has been uneven across the globe, with the fewest gains made in sub-Saharan Africa. That being said, all regions have made advances on at least a few of the goals, and none have moved backwards. Continue reading “Millennium Development Goals Report 2007 (UN Good Works)”

Don’t ignore Desertification (Google Alert / UN Good Works)

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United Nations Good Works

Every day across the globe the United Nations is empowering millions of people to build a better life for themselves, their family, their community, and our world. These are their stories in words and pictures.

UN Good Works is a project of the U.S. Committee for UNDP, an independent 501(c)(3) organization. We strives to educate Americans about UNDP’s crucial role in international development, provide a forum to discuss how America can best provide support and leadership to the UN development system, and help coordinate that support. 

Monday, July 2, 2007

Don’t ignore Desertification

The UN University in Bonn, Germany, has recently released a report drawing attention to desertification as a mounting environmental crisis. Desertification occurs as a result of overexploitation of the land by unsustainable irrigation practices and is compounded by the devastating effects of climate change on arable soil. The study warned that lack of arable land may displace over 50 million people within the next 10 years. And not only that, but 1/3 of the world’s population – concentrated in the poorest regions – are also potential victims. Continue reading “Don’t ignore Desertification (Google Alert / UN Good Works)”

Combating desertification in the UAE (Google Alert / DubaiCityGuide)

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UAE makes great anti-desertification efforts


The UAE has turned the barren desert into green gardens and vast lands have allocated for establishing ambitious schemes for combating desertification and conservation of the environment under the prudent leadership of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.” He affirmed that the country’s leaders had spared no efforts to expand greenery, fight desertification and conserve the environment for the present and future generations. Continue reading “Combating desertification in the UAE (Google Alert / DubaiCityGuide)”

Deforestation for firewood and charcoal in Malawi (CCD-Coalition / olyecology)

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BLANTYRE – Malawi’s utilisation of energy resources is heavily dominated by firewood, which provides 93 percent of all energy needs. Current annual household consumption of firewood and charcoal are at 7.5 million tons, exceeding sustainable supply by 3.7 million tons. Poverty and population growth in the country are placing escalating pressures on Malawi’s indigenous forests which, the ministry of environment says, translates into an annual destruction of approximately 50,000 to 70,000 hectares of forest. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is hopeful that a new ethanol-based innovation will go some way to addressing Malawi’s energy problem. Continue reading “Deforestation for firewood and charcoal in Malawi (CCD-Coalition / olyecology)”

Combating desertification in Central Asia (Google Alert /

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Working meeting on combating desertification in Central Asia under way in Ashgabat


A two-day working meeting on the issue of preparing the framework document “Sub-regional Education Programme” under the Convention on Combating Desertification has started in the Turkmen capital. As the Ashgabat correspondent of reports, the third scientific meeting was organized by the Ministry of nature protection of Turkmenistan. Famous scientist-ecologists, desert specialists, representatives of state organizations of nature management and protection as well as non-governmental organizations from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan attend the meeting.  The meeting agenda includes the discussion of “Sub-regional Education Programme”, a joint document submitted by national experts from Central Asian countries. The meeting will also listen to remarks and recommendations by representatives of participating countries. The final version of the programme will be sent to coordinators of the UN Convention on Combating Desertification, to UNDP and other international organizations for further consideration. The adoption of the programme will allow for creation of the regional network for exchanging information and the solid training basis for different specialists – from tenants and farmers to employees of ministries and establishments of various sectors of the economy.

Equator prize for 5 community groups (UNDP) – (UN News Centre)

Visitors of the UN News Centre website (double click it my Blogroll) will find the following announcement under

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Environment, Shelter

Five tropical community groups win UN-backed prize for biodiversity

Five community groups from the tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America won the United Nations-backed Equator Prize today for their initiatives to alleviate poverty while conserving local biodiversity. The winners, who will each receive $30,000, were announced at a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York after being selected by a jury from a group of 25 finalists chosen from more than 300 original nominations. Continue reading “Equator prize for 5 community groups (UNDP) – (UN News Centre)”

My sincere thanks to UNDP

Here is UNDP’s reply on my request to be authorized to (re)publish UNDP documents :

“Dear Sir,

Thank you for your message and your interest in UNDP. You are free to use and reproduce any material already available on the public domain for academic, non commercial usage, including UNDP publications (or parts thereof), as long as due credit is given to the source.

Thanks and regards,

Mariana Gonzalez


As always, I will mention my sources !  Thanks a lot,


Two-faced climate and desertification at Guantanamo (Google Alert / IPS)

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IPS – Inter Press Service News Agency

Guantánamo’s Two-Faced Climate

Patricia Grogg

GUANTÁNAMO, Cuba, May 19 (Tierramérica) – Nature is hard to pin down in Guantánamo. The salty and eroded soils and infrequent rains in the south mark a clear contrast with the lush green of the northern coast of Cuba’s eastern-most province.

“Baracoa has the best of it. The tourists stay there,” says a young man who is trying to sell hand-made shoes along a street in the provincial capital Guantánamo City, 929 km from Havana. Baracoa, on the province’s northeast shores, was founded in 1511 by the Spanish Conquistadors, led by Diego Velázquez. It is known for its virgin forests that are bursting with native plants and animals, and for its crystalline waters and beautiful beaches. The Sagua-Nipe-Baracoa mountains mark the climate difference between the north and south sides. While the province’s north is Cuba’s wettest region, with more than three metres of rainfall per year, the south is the driest, with less than a half-metre. The lack of rain, say experts, has aggravated erosion and desertification in this semiarid region, which extends across 1,752 square km and includes a strip along the province’s southern coast. Desertification is a gradual process of the soil’s loss of productive capacity, and of the thinning of an area’s plant coverage, whether from human activities or climate variations. The phenomenon affects 14 percent of Cuba’s agricultural land, or more than 1.5 million hectares. Continue reading “Two-faced climate and desertification at Guantanamo (Google Alert / IPS)”

Desertification in Central African Republic (Google Alert / Africa News)

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Africa News

Central African Republic: plans against desertification. But What of funds?

For many, the Central African Republic (CAR) is associated with political instability — a legacy of multiple coups — while others may see the country in terms of environmental riches, notably its population of lowland gorillas. Less immediate, perhaps, are thoughts of desertification, even though vast tracts of CAR land are facing degradation. Continue reading “Desertification in Central African Republic (Google Alert / Africa News)”

Water Sector Reform in Kenya (SIWI / water-l / IISD)

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Water Sector Reform in Kenya

An update on water sector reform in Kenya is one of the items in this month’s newsletter of The UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI. Read or download the newsletter at <>

UNDP : Africa’s Development Agenda (Linkages Africa)

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Reporting on Environment and Sustainable Development in Africa

Ed. 3 – 7 May 2007

2 May 2007: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Africa has, during its annual Regional Management Team meeting, appealed to donor countries, particularly the G8, to increase development aid to Africa. The theme of the meeting which was being organized by the UNDP, in conjunction with the government of the Republic of Congo and the World Health Organization (WHO), was “Africa’s development agenda in a reforming UN system.” During the meeting which began on April 25 in Congo, Brazzaville, participants laid emphasis on the need to “re-equip” the UN. Continue reading “UNDP : Africa’s Development Agenda (Linkages Africa)”

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