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Event: High-Level International Conference on the Implementation of the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life' [viewed]

This conference will address the implementation of the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life' (2005-2015), including progress achieved and lessons learned for further action after 2015, including for the development and implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to water. Participants also will discuss: mainstreaming water and sanitation in national developments strategies; integrating water, climate change, energy and food; water scarcity; sustainable consumption and use of water resources; and water cooperation at international, regional, national and local levels to achieve water and sanitation goals. The event will include plenary and thematic sessions, sessions on regional water issues, side events and field trips. Results of the conference are expected to be presented at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The Government of Tajikistan is organizing the conference with UN Water and other UN agencies.  

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Event: Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development [viewed]

Jointly organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and other civil society organizations, this Forum will serve as a preparatory meeting for key regional events organized in relation to the post-2015 development agenda, such as the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development taking place on 21-22 May 2015, also in Bangkok. The Civil Society Forum seeks to: inform and build the capacity of civil society participants to engage in sustainable development processes at global and regional levels; influence decision-making processes by preparing strategies for engaging in upcoming regional events; agree on joint actions and follow-up to civil society positions adopted; strengthen the outreach and effectiveness of Asia-Pacific civil society organization (CSO) engagement mechanisms; and elect two alternate UNEP Asia-Pacific CSO representatives. Online consultations to inform background materials for the Forum are taking place on topics such as: translating general development goals to practical policies at home; development justice; and civil society's views on the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA). These online consultations are available at: https://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/470371.  

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Rome High-Level Event Underscores Links between Land Restoration and Global Security [viewed]

UNCCD GLOBAL MECHANISM (GM)March 2015: A high-level event organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFA) has emphasized the role of land restoration in reducing global threats and securing the livelihoods of communities affected by land degradation. Speaking at the event, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Monique Barbut stressed that populations in affected areas “are simply running out of coping mechanisms locally,” and that under such circumstances “migration is one way out… extremism and conflict is another.”

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UNECE Consultation Considers Ways to Unlock Financing for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNECE23 March 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Regional UN Development Group for Europe and Central Asia held a regional consultation to discuss financing for development, with a focus on strategies and instruments in the UNECE region to promote resource mobilization for sustainable development and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. The outcome will be included in a Chair's Summary, as an input to the intergovernmental negotiations ahead of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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ILO High-level Segment Addresses UN Fit for Purpose, Decent Work for All [viewed]

ILO23 March 2015: Amina Mohammed, UN Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, and Faruk Celik, Minister of Work and Social Security, Turkey, discussed the post-2015 development agenda and the Group of 20 (G20) priorities during a high-level segment of the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Governing Body. The discussion addressed, inter alia: the importance of decent work for all; a UN fit for purpose; and next steps in implementing the post-2015 agenda.

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UN Urges Improved Water Governance and Action on World Water Day [viewed]

un-water22 March 2015: On World Water Day, UN leaders and others called for urgent cooperation to ensure access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The 2015 World Water Development Report (WWDR), which the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched for the Day, recommends a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water, which the report says would contribute to poverty alleviation and improvements in the environment, health and food and energy production.

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CSW 59 Closes with Renewed Commitments, Calls for Continued Action on Gender Equality [viewed]

CSW5920 March 2015: Governments agreed on steps to advance gender equality and women's empowerment at the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59), including on aligning the work of the Commission with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF). Governments also adopted a Political Declaration during the opening session, which outlines actions to ensure the full, effective and accelerated implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action.

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GGKP Conference Explores Fiscal Measures for Green Economy Transitions [viewed]

green-growth-plataformMarch 2015: Participants explored fiscal measures for climate change mitigation and adaptation, environmental taxes in developing countries, sustainable water management, green fiscal reform and incentives for clean energy investments, among other topics at the Green Growth Knowledge Platform's (GGKP) third annual conference. The conference report, titled ‘Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition: Generating Knowledge, Creating Impact,' highlights key messages and provides an overview of the sessions.

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WCDRR Adopts Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

wcdrr_meeting19 March 2015: Representatives from 187 countries have adopted the ‘Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030,' making it the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda. The Framework, which was adopted following a marathon round of negotiations at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) held in Sendai, Japan, includes seven targets and four priorities for action.

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UN Marks International Day of Forests with Special Session [viewed]

international_forests_day_21_march21 March 2015: The UN celebrated the annual International Day of Forests on 21 March with a special event at Headquarters in New York, US. The theme of the celebration, 'Create a Climate Smart Future,' focused on the intersection of forests with resilience, adaptation, mitigation and the global climate and development discussions.

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