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The Contribution of Design to Sustainable Development
Francis Gurry, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Director General - The Contribution of Design to Sustainable Development
by Francis Gurry, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Director General

The_ability to think critically and to visualize innovative and better solutions to problems, particularly in relation to usability, form and ergonomics, makes designers key players in shaping the way we live. Consideration, however, has rarely focused on the contribution that design and designers can make towards making that future sustainable. To draw attention to the role of design, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) set “Designing the Future” as the theme for this year's World Intellectual Property Day outreach campaign. continued...
WESS 2011 Calls for Major Technological Transformation
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5_July_2011: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has released the World Economic and Social Survey (WESS) 2011. Titled “The Great Green Technological Transformation,” WESS 2011 offers objective analysis of pressing long-term social and economic development issues, and weighs the impacts of policies that address them. continued...
CARICOM Heads of Government Discuss Participation in UNFCCC and UNCSD Meetings
Read More: CARICOM Heads of Government Discuss Participation in UNFCCC and UNCSD Meetings
4_July_2011: During the 32nd Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), participants discussed priority issues for the Community, including human and social development issues such as climate change, sustainable development, health, external trade and security issues. continued...
Fourth Aarhus MOP Addresses Sustainable Development, Adopts Chisinau Declaration
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1_July_2011: The fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 4) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) took place from 29 June-1 July 2011, in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. continued...
UNECA Workshop Seeks to Enhance Private Sector Participation in Africa's Energy Sector
Read More: UNECA Workshop Seeks to Enhance Private Sector Participation in Africa's Energy Sector
1_July_2011: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), in conjunction with the Korea Energy Economic Institute, organized a workshop on the implementation of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the energy sector in Africa. The workshop, which was held from 30 June-1 July 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, focused on how to enhance private sector participation in Africa's energy sector through the use of PPPs. continued...
"Making it Happen" Highlights Sustainable Energy Year, Reviews Agenda for AIMS Meeting
Read More: "Making it Happen" Highlights Sustainable Energy Year, Reviews Agenda for AIMS Meeting
30_June_2011: The latest issue of "Rio+20: Making It Happen," the newsletter from the Secretariat of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), highlights the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All (2012), noting that energy access, efficiency and sustainability are “core issues” for Rio+20. continued...
First Global Green Growth Summit Highlights Technology's Role in Green Economy
Read More: First Global Green Growth Summit Highlights Technology's Role in Green Economy
28_June_2011: Organized under the theme "Building Planet - Responsible Civilization," the first annual Global Green Growth Summit explored: development strategies for green growth, prospects and challenges for the Republic of Korea's economy, enhancing global governance, and increased cooperation between the Republic of Korea and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). continued...
African Heads of State Highlight Need for Common Position on Sustainable Development
Read More: African Heads of State Highlight Need for Common Position on Sustainable Development
30_June_2011: Speaking at a High-level Roundtable held in parallel to the 17th African Union Summit, African Heads of State stressed the need for a common position on sustainable development in the lead-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). continued...
Sustainable Development Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
UNECE/FAO Workshop: Payments for Ecosystems Services: What role for a green economy? Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 4 Jul - 6 Jul
ECOSOC Substantive Session 2011 Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 4 Jul - 29 Jul
Regional Synergies Workshop - Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal 5 Jul - 8 Jul
International Seminar on Green Economy and Official Statistics Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea 6 Jul - 8 Jul
ITU Sixth Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana 7 Jul - 8 Jul
UNCSD Subregional Preparatory Meeting for AIMS Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles 7 Jul - 8 Jul
WIPO International Conference on Innovation and Climate Change Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 11 Jul - 12 Jul
International Conference on Promoting Eco-Innovation: Policies and Opportunities Tel Aviv, Israel 11 Jul - 13 Jul
Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany 17 Jul - 22 Jul
WTO Third Global Review of Aid For Trade Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 18 Jul - 19 Jul
Green Jobs: Linking Climate Change and the World of Work Torino, Piemonte, Italy 18 Jul - 22 Jul
Sixth International Conference on Environmental Future Newcastle, Wales, UK 18 Jul - 22 Jul
AfricaSan 3 Kigali, Rwanda 19 Jul - 21 Jul
High-Level Dialogue on the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development Purwokerto, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia 19 Jul - 21 Jul
Indigenous Peoples, Marginalized Populations and Climate Change Workshop Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico 19 Jul - 21 Jul
 
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