UN Programme, Agency or Fund

UNGA Completes 20-year Review of ICPD [viewed]

icpd22 September 2014: The UN General Assembly held a Special Session on follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014, marking the culmination of the ICPD 20-year review assessing the status of implementation. Speakers acknowledged great gains in poverty eradication and access to reproductive health care since the ICPD in Cairo in 1994, while calling for greater attention to tackling ongoing issues of inequality and discrimination.

read more »

UN Secretary-General Joins Largest-Ever Climate March [viewed]

ban-ki-moon-climatesummit21 September 2014: The largest march ever held on climate change issues took place on 21 September 2014, ahead of the UN Climate Summit 2014. The People's Climate March in New York, US, drew participants from all over the world, civil society groups, private sector, students and youth, and political leaders, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

read more »

SDG Scorecard Enables Users to Rank Proposed Goals and Targets [viewed]

The World We WantSeptember 2014: The World We Want platform will host a scorecard for policymakers and others to rank the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) along three dimensions: ambition, ability to prompt action, and accountability.

read more »

Policy Update #3: Small Island Developing States: Shaping the Sustainable Development Agenda in a Terrestrially-Focused World [viewed]

Six hours from Sydney, or four hours from Auckland: the final leg of a long journey from Europe, Africa, Asia or the Americas. Before even a word was spoken at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), host country Samoa had impressed on delegates the particularities of many SIDS as remote locations surrounded by acres of ocean, all too vulnerable to cyclones, storms and the rising tides.

read more »

UNGA Holds First-ever Discussion on Child Marriage [viewed]

UNGA15 September 2014: UN Member States discussed the human rights and development impacts of child, early and forced marriages (CEFM) and how to end child marriage within a generation, during the first-ever panel discussion on child marriage organized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Circulating the summary of key messages from the discussion, UNGA President John Ashe said the event had helped to raise awareness of the harmful impact of CEFM on its victims, the development costs to society at large, and the need for increased international and national action to end the practice.

read more »

UNGA 68 Takes Stock of Input to Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

UNGA12 September 2014: The UN General Assembly conducted a stock-taking on the post-2015 development agenda, with a high-level meeting to gather contributions to the forthcoming synthesis report of the UN Secretary-General.

read more »

Event: Celebrating 5 Million Voices on MY World [viewed]

MY World and the Institute of International Education (IIE) are hosting ‘Celebrating 5 million voices on MY World,' a recognition event and awards ceremony. Speakers and presenters include: Ahmed Alhendawi, the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth; Richard Curtis, Founder, Comic Relief; Zoleka Mandela, ‘Long Short Walk' campaign activist; Claire Melamed, Overseas Development Institute (ODI); Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor of the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015; Dullas Alahapperuma, Sri Lanka Cabinet Minister for Youth Affairs; and Corinne Woods, Director, UN Millennium Campaign.  

read more »

Event: Data Playground: Showcasing Data for the Public Good at the UN [viewed]

This event will showcase the UN's commitment to the data revolution and the potential and impact of such a revolution. The UN Millennium Campaign (UNMC) and Microsoft will launch an interactive visualization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to map progress towards the goals. The UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team and UN Global Pulse will present the winners of the Big Data Climate Challenge, which aims to identify and highlight data-driven evidence on the economic dimensions of climate change. The event will also discuss the results of the MY World survey.  

read more »

Event: High-Level Conversation on Employment and Decent Work for Inclusive and Sustainable Development [viewed]

The International Labour Organization and the Ford Foundation are jointly hosting this afternoon event on creating policies for the creation of decent work, strengthening social protection, and ensuring sustainable development. Hosts from CNN and The Economist will moderate the discussion, which will feature senior government and private sector representatives alongside leaders of international organisations and heads of state from Chile, Costa Rica, Ghana, Kiribati, and Trinidad and Tobago. Amina J. Mohammed, UN Secretary-General's special advisor on post-2015 development planning, and the CEOs of the Coca-Cola Company and the MasterCard Foundation are among the speakers. The event will launch the 'Group of Friends of Decent Work for Sustainable Development'.  

read more »

Habitat III PrepCom Recognizes Urbanization as Key to Sustainable Development [viewed]

UN-HABITAT18 September 2014: Participants called for inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements at the first Preparatory Committee for the 2016 UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). They recognized Habitat III as an opportunity to create a coherent, integrated urban agenda and ensure urbanization's contribution to sustainable development, particularly within the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

read more »