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Agriculture, Family Farming Key for Sustainable Development, FAO Director-General Tells CARICOM [viewed]

FAO27 February 2015: Agriculture and small-scale and family farming are critical drivers of inclusive economic growth and sustainable development, and key to addressing food security and coping with climate change, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva told Heads of Government at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit. Da Silva also highlighted progress by CARICOM members in achieving the Millennium Development Goals' (MDG) hunger target.

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UNEP Report: Modern District Energy Systems Key to Reducing Cities' Emissions [viewed]

UNEP25 February 2015: A report released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) finds that transitioning to modern district energy systems could reduce primary energy consumption by up to 50%. The resulting emission reductions could amount to 60% of those required of the energy sector by 2050 to keep average temperature rise below 2°C, according to the report, titled 'District Energy in Cities: Unlocking the Potential of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.'

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ECLAC, IDB, UNDP Partner to Accelerate SE4ALL in Latin America and Caribbean [viewed]

eclac-idb-undp23 February 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and UN Development Programme (UNDP) have formed a partnership in support of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative in the Americas. The partners intend to create a joint work plan, capitalizing on the unique strengths of each organization to enable on-the-ground implementation of the SE4ALL goals.

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ESCAP Conference Says Asia-Pacific Must Build Resilience to Ensure Development Gains [viewed]

UNISDR UNESCAP18 February 2015: As the world's most disaster prone region, the Asia-Pacific must build resilience to meet its development goals, according to participants at the Regional Conference on Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into Development Planning and Financing. The Conference, hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), brought together policymakers and experts one month ahead of the Third UN World Conference on DRR.

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Event: Informal Consultation on the Elaboration of the UNFF11 Ministerial Declaration on the IAF [viewed]

Following the second meeting of the Open Ended Ad hoc Expert Group (AHEG2) that considered recommendations and elements of a Ministerial Declaration on the future of the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF), the bureau of the eleventh meeting of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) is convening an informal consultation to engage Member States ahead of UNFF11. The meeting will consider, in particular, the recommendations of the co-chairs with regard to the means of implementation, the forest instrument, the Secretariat, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), regional coordination, major groups, and the post-2015 development process.  

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High-Level Meeting Underscores Role of Strengthened Capacities, Institutions in Post-2015 Development [viewed]

UNDP ILO26 February 2015: Effective, strengthened capacities and institutions are critical for implementing the post-2015 development agenda and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), participants stressed at a high-level meeting in Chisinau, Moldova. The meeting resulted in the Chisanu Outcome Statement on Strengthening Capacities and Building Effective Institutions, which calls for upgraded capacities and institutions to foster more effective, responsive governance.

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Inaugural Forum Addresses Unsustainable Consumption [viewed]

UNEP25 February 2015: The First International Forum on Sustainable Lifestyles discussed drivers of unsustainable consumption and lifestyles, and showcased initiatives that promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP). The Forum also highlighted the role of the private sector in shifting to more sustainable lifestyles and mindsets.

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UNGA President Hosts Meeting on Crime-Development Links [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA25 February 2015: The President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, convened a high-level thematic debate on tackling social and economic challenges and promoting sustainable development through strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice. Many participants highlighted the importance of enhancing the rule of law for achieving sustainable development, and called for making it an integral part of the post-2105 development agenda. Many also welcomed proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, on promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

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UNEP Seeks Comments on Access-to-Information Policy [viewed]

UNEP25 February 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is requesting comments on its Access-to-Information-Policy, which contains the principles and procedures governing access to information at UNEP. The policy was issued on 6 June 2014, and is currently in a pilot phase. According to UNEP, it seeks to make accessible the information concerning UNEP's work and the information it generates, in a manner consistent with the relevant policies and practices of the UN Secretariat.

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Event Highlights Integration of SCP into Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

10_yfp18 February 2015: The Permanent Missions of of Brazil and Finland to the UN hosted an interactive discussion on advancing sustainable consumption and production (SCP) within the post-2015 process, on the sidelines of the second session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. The event focused on: a discussion paper prepared by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on financing the shift to SCP; the role of the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on SCP as a component of the means of implementation of the post-2015 agenda; and moving forward on the approach by which SCP indicators will be identified for the new goal set.

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