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General Assembly’s Second Committee discusses Sustainable Development
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  • By UN-DESA/DSD on 1 Oct 2014
1 Oct 2014 - Sustainable development was on the agenda of the General Assembly’s Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) on 15 and 16 October 2014. The following issues were addressed under the item of sustainable development:

(a) Implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development and of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development;

(b) Follow-up to and implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States;

(c) International Strategy for Disaster Reduction;

(d) Protection of global climate for present and future generations of humankind;

(e) Implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa;

(f) Convention on Biological Diversity;

(g) Report of the United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme;

(h) Harmony with Nature;

(i) Promotion of new and renewable sources of energy.

The reports for the Committee can be found on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform here

The Second Committee began its substantive work on 7 October and opened its general debate with a keynote address by Dr. Janet Gornick, Professor of Political Science and Sociology and Director of CUNY Luxembourg Income Study, on the topic of “High and Rising Inequality: Causes and Consequences”, exploring the macroeconomic trends in inequality and its policy implications. The Committee is chaired by His Excellency Mr. Sebastiano Cardi of Italy. Its formal meetings will be webcast live at webtv.un.org .