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Experts Provide Outcome Recommendations for FfD 3 [viewed]

logo_ffdiii30 June 2015: On the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) blog, experts have identified deliverables and policy recommendations that the FfD 3 could provide. Recent blog posts are authored by experts from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Partnership for Education, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Agence Française de Développement Group (AFD).

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Event: Fourth Session of the IPBES Plenary [viewed]

The fourth session of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Plenary will review progress made on the adopted IPBES work programme for 2014–2018, including the related budget and institutional arrangements for its implementation. It will, in particular, be invited to consider the two first full assessment reports of IPBES on pollination and pollinators associated with food production, and scenarios analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The reports will be considered for adoption and their respective summary for policymakers will be considered for approval.  

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Event: Third Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development Forum [viewed]

The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in cooperation with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the governments of Ethiopia and Senegal, will organize the Third Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development Forum (ISID) on the margins of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3). The Forum will discuss partnership approaches to financing and catalyzing all relevant resources for ISID within the framework of the post-2015 development agenda, focusing on industrial projects ranging from small and medium-scale domestic enterprises to large-scale international investments.  

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Event: Sixth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development [viewed]

Organized as part of the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) 2014-2024, the Sixth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development will consider how to operationalize the Hammamet Declaration (signed by the Executive Secretaries of the UN Regional Commissions in support of energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy access). The Forum will also host workshops and training courses on: Energy Efficiency in Buildings; Business Planning for Renewable Energy Investments Projects; Access to Energy in Remote Areas; Energy Portal for Asia-Pacific; and the Energy Efficiency Industry Accelerator. In addition, an expo with a focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, products and solutions will be organized. The Government of Armenia, UN Regional Commissions, UN Development Programme (UNDP), Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) are co-organizing the Forum.  

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'Project Everyone' Launches First Global Ad Campaign on SDGs [viewed]

project-everyone24 June 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) outlined the plans of 'Project Everyone,' which was founded by Richard Curtis, filmmaker and founder of Comic Relief, in an effort to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) "the most famous goals on the planet" by sharing them with seven billion people in the seven days after their adoption. On 24 June, Curtis and other celebrities launched the ad campaign #WEHAVEAPLAN as part of Project Everyone. This Global Goals campaign is a collaborative effort to ensure that the SDGs are world famous and are successfully acted upon.

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UN-HABITAT Report Explores Climate Change, Urbanization in SIDS [viewed]

urbanization_climate_sidsMay 2015: A small island developing States (SIDS) urban agenda must reflect the cultural, economic and geographic characteristics of SIDS, in order to address sustainable urbanization in SIDS, according to a publication by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). The report provides an overview of current trends in climate change and urbanization, describes the impact of climate change on cities in SIDS, and explores the role of urban planning and design as a tool for addressing the challenges and opportunities of climate change in relation to human settlements in SIDS.

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UNCTAD Report Calls for Reform of Global International Investment Regime [viewed]

UNCTAD24 June 2015: In its annual review of global foreign direct investment (FDI), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) highlights the need to harmonize the “global patchwork” of over 3,300 international investment agreements and to direct investment flows toward inclusive and sustainable development.

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UNDP Administrator Highlights "The Future Africa Wants" [viewed]

UNDP22 June 2015: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark called for UNDP to be “proactive, responsive and entrepreneurial” in meeting the needs of African countries, in her remarks to the 2015 UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa Cluster Meeting. Clark discussed progress and challenges in achieving the African Union's (AU) Agenda 2063, and outlined five priorities for achieving "African emergence" and the post-2015 development agenda.

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Publication Highlights Insights on Sustainable Management of Mountain Soils [viewed]

international year of soils23 June 2015: ‘Understanding Mountain Soils,' a joint publication of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Mountain Partnership Secretariat, the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and the University of Turin, offers technical insights on the sustainable management of mountain soils as a contribution to the International Year of Soils 2015. The publication was launched on the opening day of the GSP Plenary Assembly in Rome, Italy.

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Central America Makes Strides in Implementing Sendai Framework [viewed]

UNISDR20 June 2015: Central American countries are taking substantive steps to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, which was adopted in March 2015, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan. The Framework calls for a holistic approach to the threat of disasters and for incorporating integrated disaster risk management (DRM) into existing national development priorities and policies.

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