UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) launched

On 19 October, UNDESA officially launched a new UN Office for Sustainable Development in Incheon, Republic of Korea

The Office, housed in Yonsei University, is co-sponsored by UN DESA, the Korean Ministry of Environment, the City of Incheon and Yonsei University.

It will serve as training and research institution and a centre for pooling together all knowledge on sustainable development. In addition, it will provide a sustainable development knowledge portal uniquely integrating the three pillars of sustainable development—economic growth, improving the quality of life, and protecting the environment.

As a resource center, it will also provide training and capacity building by organizing training programmes for national representatives and major groups from developing countries to advance the sustainable development agenda and enhance the implementation of sustainable development goals and targets.

The event was attended by Mr. Sha Zukang, DESA’s Under-Secretary-General, and the Rio+20 Secretary-General and Ms. Yoo Young Sook, Minister of Environment of the Republic of Korea and other high-level officials.

For more information: http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/