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UN, Development Bank Leaders Launch Horn of Africa Initiative on High-Level Visit [viewed]

wb.un27 October 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced a US$8 billion initiative to reduce poverty, boost economic growth and promote business activity across the Horn of Africa, during a visit to the region with global and regional leaders. The World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), Islamic Development Bank (IsDBG) and EU also made pledges to the Horn of Africa Initiative, which aims to enhance the regions's economic development and its food and water security, among other aims.

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FAO, IFAD, WFP Launch Community of Practice on Food Loss Reduction [viewed]

WFP FAO IFAD24 October 2014: The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) launched a digital platform to tackle food loss during a side event to the 41st session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), which took place in Rome, Italy, on 13 October 2014. The platform allows stakeholders to share best practices and access resources on food loss reduction and post-harvest management.

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Toolkit to Help Investors Support SDGs [viewed]

global-compact-unctad-pri16 October 2014: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN Global Compact, and the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) have announced plans to develop a toolkit for institutional investors, companies and foundations to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with their investments.

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UNDP, ESCAP, ADB Convene E-Discussion on Next Steps for Global Partnership [viewed]

unescap-adb-undpOctober 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are convening an e-discussion on next steps for a global partnership for development. The outcomes are expected to inform a forthcoming ESCAP/ADB/UNDP Asia-Pacific MDG Report on Means of Implementation (MOI) and the Global Partnership for Development.

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Mountain Partnership Secretariat, Ev-K2-CNR to Launch Federation of Mountain PAs [viewed]

Mountain Partnership20 October 2014: The Mountain Partnership Secretariat and Ev-K2-CNR will launch a Federation of Mountain Protected Areas (FMPA) to support mountain protected areas (PAs) globally. The FMPA will facilitate the exchange of experiences, information, knowledge and management practices on mountain PAs.

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DESA Announces Follow-Up Plans for SIDS Conference [viewed]

sids2014October 2014: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has outlined plans for ensuring implementation of commitments made at the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), some of which specifically address the role of the UN system in supporting SIDS.

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UNESCO to Launch Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNESCO15 October 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced it will launch the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) at the World Conference on ESD, in November 2014. The GAP aims to generate and scale up ESD action at all education levels to accelerate progress towards sustainable development and contribute to the post-2015 development agenda.

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Statistics Group Launches Survey on Broader Measures of Progress, SDG Indicator Availability [viewed]

United Nations13 October 2014: The Co-Chairs of the Friends of the Chair Group on Broader Measures of Progress (FOC), T.C.A. Anant and P. Cuneo, have invited National Statistical Offices to participate in a survey on national practices on broader measures of progress to complement Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and related indicator availability for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their associated targets. The FOC Group will report the results to the 46th session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC), in 2015.

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Future Earth Forum Announces Research Agenda, Programmes [viewed]

futureearth24 September 2014: Future Earth, a global research platform on issues of sustainability, has announced its research agenda and a series of fast-track initiatives. At a gathering of scientists, researchers, and public and private decision-makers known as the 2014 Future Earth Forum, the network announced that the three central themes for its work will be: a dynamic plant; global sustainable development; and transformations towards sustainability.

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Climate and Development in Africa Conference Focuses on Food Security [viewed]

UNECA10 October 2014: The fourth conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-IV) focused on how the continent can feed itself, especially under a changing climate. The conference addressed the connections between climate and agriculture, examining how climate-smart agriculture can increase resilience, how climate change will affect the livelihoods and food security of vulnerable populations, and how climate knowledge can bolster agricultural productivity.

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