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IMF, USAID to Cooperate on Capacity Development [viewed]

imf_usaid20 August 2015: The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance their cooperation in capacity development.

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IAEG-SDGs Launches Online Consultation on Proposed Indicator Framework [viewed]

unstats11 August 2015: The Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) launched an online consultation to gather input from civil society, academia and the private sector on the development of an indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The consultation seeks comments on the current list of proposed indicators for each Goal and target as well as cross-cutting issues of "particular importance” to the work of the IAEG-SDGs.

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UNU Issues Call for Researchers for Africa Green Growth Project [viewed]

idcr-inra22 July 2015: The three-year project, titled ‘Unleashing the Potential of African Rural Economies through Green Growth' and implemented by the UN University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), aims to provide empirical evidence on how green growth strategies can influence employment, income generation, innovation, competitiveness and social inclusion for rural Africa. The project is funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.

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Eye on Earth Launches Data Innovation, Visualization, Blogging Competitions [viewed]

Eye on Earth16 July 2015: The organizers of the Eye on Earth Summit have announced three data innovation challenges for which the finalists will have the opportunity to present their ideas at the Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The three competitions launched are the Data Innovation Showcase, Data Visualization Challenge and Blogging Competition, all of which support the Summit in its focus on using data to secure a better future for the planet.

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OECD Inventory on Water Governance Indicators Open for Comment [viewed]

OECD_NEW10 July 2015: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is welcoming comments on its detailed ‘Inventory of Water Governance Indicators and Measurement Frameworks.'

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New Development Bank Opens for Business [viewed]

ndb21 July 2015: The New Development Bank (NDB), formerly referred to as the BRICS Development Bank, a multilateral development bank (MDB) operated by the BRICS group of countries (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa), has begun its operations. The NDB will be headquartered in Shanghai, China, and each country will be assigned one vote, while no country will hold veto power.

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IAEG-SDGs Issues Timeline, Plans for Work Streams [viewed]

unstats10 July 2015: The UN Statistics Division (UNStats) has circulated a note outlining the tentative timeline, work plan and organization of work of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goals Indicators (IAEG-SDGs). Also available is an updated version of the list of proposed global indicators for the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda.

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APEC Advances Sustainable City Development Efforts [viewed]

apec16 July 2015: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies have announced accelerated support for sustainable city development in the region. According to the APEC Energy Working Group, APEC officials are advancing technical support for solar-powered, energy-efficient buildings and high efficiency lighting, improved vehicle fuel efficiency labeling and consumer information, and accessible green energy financing.

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World Bank, China Establish Trust Fund to Combat Poverty [viewed]

wb_china16 July 2015: The World Bank and China have agreed to establish a US$50 million trust fund to help reduce poverty. The agreement reinforces the Bank's growing partnership with China, which is the Bank's third-largest shareholder and an important contributor to the Bank's International Development Assistance (IDA) and Global Infrastructure Facility. The fund was agreed to during an official visit to China by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.

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Programme to Build DRR in Sub-Saharan Africa Announced at Margins of FfD3 [viewed]

UNISDR14 July 2015: An €80-million funding package has been unveiled to support disaster risk management across Sub-Saharan Africa. The five-year ‘Building Disaster Resilience to Natural Hazards in Sub-Saharan African Regions, Countries and Communities' programme was announced on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The European Union is helping to fund the programme, while the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is one of the partners that will help to implement it.

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