Finance

UNECA Holds Regional Consultation on FfD, Prepares Common Position [viewed]

UNECA24 March 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) hosted a regional consultation for high-level political and Central Bank representatives, NGOs, civil society and the private sector to discuss: financing the post-2015 development agenda; Africa's progress since the Monterrey Consensus; climate financing; international private financial flows; international public finance and sovereign debt; trade, partnerships, technology and innovation; systemic issues; and monitoring, data and follow up, among other issues. The results of the consultation will be included as part of a Common African Position for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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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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Civil Society Calls for Ambitious Targets and Indicators for SDG on Energy [viewed]

measuring_what_matters23 March 2015: A policy brief representing the views of 28 civil society organizations (CSOs), companies and umbrella organizations outlines targets and indicators to support the proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on energy. Produced by Practical Action, Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the brief calls for robust indicators and clear milestones.

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Commission Discusses Effects of Tax Avoidance on Poverty, Inequality [viewed]

icrictMarch 2015: Participants discussed reforms to address corporate tax avoidance, and its impact on poverty and inequality, at the inaugural meeting of the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT). A broad coalition of organizations initiated ICRICT, including Action Aid, Alliance-Sud, CCFD-Terre Solidaire, Christian Aid, the Council for Global Unions, the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, Oxfam, Public Services International, Tax Justice Network and the World Council of Churches.

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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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UNGA President Releases Concept Notes for Business, Civil Society Hearings for FfD 3 [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA18 March 2015: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released concept notes for informal interactive hearings with representatives of the business sector and civil sector on the financing for development (FfD) process. The hearing with the business sector will convene on 8 April 2015, followed by the hearing with civil society on 9 April 2015. The hearings are mandated in UNGA Resolution 68/279 as part of the preparatory process for the Third International Conference on FfD.

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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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ECOSOC Issues Road Map for Dialogue on UN Development System [viewed]

ECOSOC27 February 2015: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) issued a road map for its dialogue process on "the longer-term positioning of the UN Development System." The dialogue will inform the outcome of the next UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) - the mechanism through which the UNGA assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of the UN development system.

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NGOs Make Recommendations on Food Security, Agriculture in Post-2015, FfD 3 [viewed]

biovision_millennium20 March 2015: Biovision and the Millennium Institute have issued two briefs outlining their positions on the post-2015 development agenda with a focus on food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture, as well as a reaction to the zero draft of the outcome document from the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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