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OEWG 2 Advances Preparations for Chemicals Management Conference [viewed]

OEWG218 December 2014: The second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 2) of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) formulated a message on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and chemicals management to convey to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). It also agreed to initiate a process to forward a proposal on highly hazardous pesticides to the fourth session of the ICCM, among other preparations for ICCM 4, which is tentatively scheduled for 27 September-3 October 2015.

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Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa Names Conservation International as Secretariat [viewed]

ci-botswana12 December 2014: Conservation International (CI) has assumed the role of the Secretariat of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA). As Secretariat, CI is tasked with helping the GDSA's ten African signatory countries to build on the initiative's existing successes and further efforts to value nature in national social and economic decision-making.

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MY World Report Highlights People's Priorities for Post-2015 [viewed]

word we want -report15 December 2014: Citizens around the world want a good education, better healthcare and better job opportunities, according to a report summarizing the MY World survey, the largest survey ever conducted by the UN. The report, titled ‘We the Peoples: Celebrating 7 Million Voices,' presents respondents' selections of six out of 16 priorities for a better life.

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Scientific Advisory Board Reviews Progress, Discusses 2015 Inputs [viewed]

United Nations11 December 2014: The UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) convened for its second meeting, to define the Board's future programme of work in line with major 2015 UN events and processes, including negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF); and the 21st meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Event: Regional Dialogue on Sustainability Science Policy to Support the Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

This regional workshop on Sustainability Science will focus on how sustainability science can address economy-environment interactions and contribute to sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. The workshop is expected to develop: a policy paper and strategy for the next ASEAN Plan of Action on Science and Technology 2016-2020; and a regional framework and tools to implement sustainability science. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Jakarta office is organizing the workshop in collaboration with the Malaysia FIT Programme on the ‘Science Harnessed for ASEAN Regional Policy (SHARP)' and Japan FIT Programme on the ‘Sustainability Transformation Across the Region (STAR)'.  

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International Mountain Day Celebrates Family Farming [viewed]

Mountain Partnership11 December 2014: International Mountain Day took place under the theme, ‘Farming in mountains, farming for families.' The Day, which focused on the contributions of mountain farming families to livelihoods, was also one of the last events celebrating the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF).

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UNDP Administrator Calls for Synergy Among Development, Disaster and Climate Agreements [viewed]

UNDP7 December 2014: “Coherence across the poverty eradication, disaster reduction and climate agendas is essential for inclusive, low emission and climate-resilient development,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said in a session on ‘Zero Poverty. Zero Emissions. Within a generation?' during the Development & Climate Days at the 20th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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WESP 2015 Highlights Risks and Uncertainties in Global Economy [viewed]

World Economic Situation and Prospects 201510 December 2014: Global economic growth is predicted to increase by just over three percent over the next two years, according to the UN's latest World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) report. In 2014, the report explains, global expansion preceded at a moderate, uneven pace, due in part to legacies from the global financial crisis, geopolitical conflicts and the Ebola epidemic. The report recommends strengthening international policy coordination and aligning global macroeconomic policies to reduce risks, create productive jobs and maintain long-term economic and financial stability.

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Trade Barriers Become Development Barriers, Says UNCTAD Secretary General [viewed]

UNCTAD Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyi 2 December 2014: UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyi has welcomed the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement, describing it as a “landmark deal on trade” in an Op-ed. The WTO General Council adopted the Trade Facilitation Protocol of Amendment on 27 November 2014, a step that allows implementation to begin and makes the Facility operational.

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Event: Third Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform [viewed]

The conference, organised by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with the Ca' Foscari University of Venice and the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), will address the theme of "Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition: Generating Knowledge - Creating Impact". The Green Growth Knowledge Platform is a global partnership of around 35 organisations, established by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank, to research and further strengthen the theory and practice of green growth, including the application of fiscal instruments such as environmental taxes, pollution charges, subsidies for green technologies, green budgeting, and tax incentives.  

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