Finance

Regional Review Urges Bold Action for Gender Equality in Africa [viewed]

UNWOMEN19 November 2014: Ministers from African countries adopted a Declaration calling for achieving gender equality by 2030, at the Ninth Regional Conference on Women. The Declaration aligns with the gender equality goals contained in Africa's Agenda 2063.

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ILO Finds Richer Countries Reducing, Developing Countries Expanding Social Protection [viewed]

ILO17 November 2014: A policy paper from the International Labour Organization (ILO) finds that high-income countries have reduced social protection benefits in the past five years, while many developing countries are expanding social services.

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Natural Capital Declaration, Natural Capital Coalition Workshops Review Flagship Projects [viewed]

NCC - NCDNovember 2014: The Natural Capital Declaration (NCD) and Natural Capital Coalition (NCC) have convened two workshops to discuss developments in the application of natural capital accounting concepts in decision-making. Key outcomes at the workshops, attended by members of the business and finance communities, included pilot projects on mapping capital risks, and guidelines for valuing natural capital in business decisions.

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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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First-ever Global Nutrition Report Identifies Accountability As Key Challenge [viewed]

Global Nutrition Report 201417 November 2014: “Relying on coordinated action across sectors—none of which makes nutrition its primary goal—allows policymakers to avoid responsibility” for achieving global malnutrition targets, according to the Global Nutrition Report (GNR), titled ‘Actions and Accountability to Accelerate the World's Progress on Nutrition.' The first-ever global report on nutrition, which was authored by an independent expert group, finds the world is off track in achieving global malnutrition targets, and calls for increased accountability and action to combat global malnutrition.

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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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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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L20 Urges G20 to Address Climate Change, Green Growth, Inequalities [viewed]

L2014 November 2014: The Labour 20 (L20) called on the Group of 20 (G20) to take action on climate change and green growth, and to implement a plan for jobs and growth that reduces inequality. The L20 unites trade unions from G20 countries and Global Unions, and seeks to represent workers' interests at the G20 level.

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G20 Addresses Growth, Energy, Climate Change, Trade and Ebola [viewed]

G20AUSTRALIA16 November 2014: Group of Twenty (G20) leaders have released a communiqué following the conclusion of the G20 Leaders Summit. The event drew approximately 4,000 delegates and 3,000 media representatives, and provided an opportunity for leaders to discuss global economic issues and use “their collective power to improve people's lives.” The communiqué outlines G20 policy discussions and commitments.

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Co-Facilitators Propose Modalities for Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA17 November 2014: The co-facilitators for intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda have issued a "food-for-thought paper" on the modalities of the negotiations, based on consultations on 4 and 10 November 2014. Transmitting the paper, UN General Assembly President Sam Kutesa informs Member States that consultations will resume 3 and 16 December 2014, aiming to finalize the modalities by the end of the year, so substantive negotiations can begin in January 2015.

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