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Asia-Pacific Beijing+20 Review Pledges Strengthened Partnerships, Accountability, Funding [viewed]

beijing20.unwomen20 November 2014: Governments adopted the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Advancing Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, pledging to strengthen institutions and partnerships, enhance accountability, support regional cooperation and increase resources to advance gender equality and women's empowerment across the Asia-Pacific region. The declaration was adopted at the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review, which is one in a series of regional reviews of the Beijing Platform for Action adopted in 1995.

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UNEG Chair Highlights Need for Evaluation in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UN20 November 2014: UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) Chair, Deborah Rugg, outlined the importance of evaluation in the post-2015 development agenda during a presentation at the 17th Network Meeting of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC). Rugg described evaluation as a bridge that can connect monitoring and accountability at global, regional, national and local levels, and highlighted a UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on national evaluation capacity development.

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PAGE Study Illustrates Senegal's Green Economy Potential [viewed]

PAGE18 November 2014: Transitioning to a green economy in Senegal could help lift half a million people out of poverty, create 300,000 jobs and improve environmental outcomes, according to a Green Economy Scoping Study. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) presented the report at an event to launch the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) in Senegal, marking the country's admission into the PAGE initiative.

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Governments Discuss Global Context for FfD, Public and Private Finance [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA13 November 2014: UN Member States have concluded a series of substantive informal sessions of the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD). Governments considered 'The Global Context', in a one-day discussion on 10 November 2014, followed by a three-day discussion on 'Mobilization and effective use of resources,' which addressed domestic public finance, international public finance, and private finance, on 11-13 November.

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World Toilet Day Links Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation [viewed]

World Toilet Day 201419 November 2014: World Toilet Day brought attention to the theme “Equality, Dignity and the Link Between Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation” and the issue of open defecation with the tagline #WeCantWait. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the “moral imperative to end open defecation and a duty to ensure women and girls are not at risk to assault and rape simply because they lack a sanitation facility.”

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WHO, UN-Water Report Finds Investing US$1 in WASH Delivers US$4.3 Return [viewed]

WHO - UN-Water19 November 2014: Every dollar invested in water and sanitation returns US$4.3 and an estimated gain of 1.5% of global gross domestic product (GDP) through reduced health care costs, as well as providing benefits such as reduced pollution, greater workplace productivity, increased school attendance and greater dignity, privacy and safety, according to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on behalf of UN-Water. Despite increasing momentum and financial commitments to increase access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), the report finds serious gaps in funding continue to hinder progress.

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15 Members of Future Earth Engagement Committee Appointed [viewed]

futureearth18 November 2014: The Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability has announced 15 members of the Future Earth Engagement Committee. The members will provide leadership and strategic guidance on engaging partners and stakeholders of Future Earth - a ten-year global research platform - in designing and disseminating research.

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FAO 'Pocketbook' Highlights Environment, Food Security, Nutrition Links [viewed]

FAO17 November 2014: The world produces more food than it needs, leaving deep resource footprints in terms of carbon emissions, environmental degradation and land and water use, yet it is off track in achieving the World Food Summit (WFS) target of reducing the number of hungry people by 2015, according to ‘Food and Nutrition in Numbers.' The publication from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) provides a "pocketbook" compendium on the global state of nutrition.

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Symposium Reflects on OWG, Identifies Science Needs for SDGs [viewed]

iges-post201515 November 2014: At a symposium on ‘Science and the Sustainable Development Goals,' Csaba Kőrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN and Co-Chair of the Open Working Group on SDGs, and Mark Stafford Smith, Chair of Future Earth Science Committee, Science Director of Climate Adaptation Flagship at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), reflected on the proposed SDGs, and outlined ways for scientists to help shape the goal set going forward.

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UNECE Holds First Regional Review of Beijing+20 [viewed]

beijing20.unwomen7 November 2014: Participants from the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region reviewed both achievements and challenges in implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, at a high-level Regional Review meeting on Beijing+20. Recommendations focused on: promoting labor market policies and laws on gender equality; women's equal representation in policy and decision-making; prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls; women's and girl's access to justice, including as a strategy to realize other rights; and implementation of all areas of the Beijing Declaration.

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