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International Year of SIDS Closes with Reflections on Progress [viewed]

IYSIDS-logo-sml26 January 2015: The International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) concluded on 26 January 2015. Activities during the Year highlighted the contributions of SIDS to the world and the challenges facing SIDS.

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World Bank Adopts GRI Taxonomy for Sustainability Reporting [viewed]

Worldbanklogo19 January 2015: The World Bank announced that it is using a new taxonomy for sustainability, supplementing its web-based Sustainability Review 2014 with a stand-alone index of sustainability indicators that uses the eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) Taxonomy. 
This taxonomy is meant to improve access for investors, auditors and analysts to information within sustainability reports.

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UNEP Identifies Innovations for Scaling up Sustainable Development Financing [viewed]

UNEP21 January 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled 'Pathways to Scale,' which identifies "critical innovations in the US$300+ trillion global financial system that can help bring together the historically separate agendas of financial reform and sustainable development." Drawing on country-level examples of financial market and institutional reforms, the report proposes a number of pathways towards 'closing the asset and investment gap' at national and higher levels.

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action/2015 Launches Global Campaign [viewed]

action-201515 January 2015: The international campaign for action on addressing poverty, inequality, and climate change, action/2015, was launched globally on 15 January 2015. Events took place in over 70 countries, with over 1,000 civil society organizations, governments, international organizations, and faith and youth groups involved.

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UNCCD Launches Land Degradation Neutrality Project [viewed]

UNCCD logoJanuary 2015: The inception meeting of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Project, attended by 15 country delegates, took place from 14-16 January 2014 in Bonn, Germany. The project's objective is to contribute towards implementing the outcomes of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), by providing the UNCCD with empirical evidence on the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of the LDN goal.

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UNFCCC COP 20 and 21 Presidencies, UN Secretary-General Publish Climate Action Agenda [viewed]

UNFCCC14 January 2015: The Presidency of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the incoming Presidency of COP 21 and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have issued a joint declaration, titled 'Lima-Paris Action Agenda,' with the aim of catalyzing action on climate change by State and non-State actors to contribute of the objective of the UNFCCC, in particular through increasing pre-2020 ambition and supporting the 2015 agreement.

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2015 Designated International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies [viewed]

IYL-2015January 2015: On 20 December 2013, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) designated 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL2015) in order to raise awareness of light science and how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to challenges related to energy, education, agriculture and health.

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GEF Updates on Sustainable Cities, Deforestation and Food Security Programmes [viewed]

GEF5 January 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released its first updates on three 'integrated approach' programmes focused on: sustainable cities; taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains; and food security in sub-Saharan Africa. The updates provide an overview of the history, background and aims of each programme as well as their next steps. Each of the three programmes is expected to submit a Programmatic Framework Document to the 48th GEF Council Meeting in June 2015.

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Data2X Announces Partnerships to Improve Gender Data [viewed]

data2x16 December 2014: Data2X announced six regional and topical partnerships - on issues such as women's employment, health and poverty - to advance a gender data revolution and identify innovative sources of data that can provide an evidence base to inform the post-2015 development agenda, and guide development policy and investment. The UN Foundation runs the Data2X initiative with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Clinton Foundation.

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g7+ Countries Promote ‘Fragile-to-Fragile' Partnerships [viewed]

G7PlusDecember 2014: The General Secretary of the g7+, Helder da Costa, announced that the grouping is promoting "fragile-to-fragile" (F2F) partnerships, among fragile and conflict-affected countries, in the areas of public finance management, natural resource management, and peace and reconciliation. He cited Timor-Leste's assistance to Guinea-Bissau on electoral registration efforts that resulted in fair and transparent elections in 2014, as an example of F2F partnerships.

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