Finance

Member States Begin Second Additional Session on FfD 3 Outcome [viewed]

logo_ffdiii26 May 2015: Opening the second additional session of the Preparatory Process for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3), Co-Facilitator George Talbot, Permanent Representative of Guyana, highlighted the "enormous" amount of work to be accomplished by delegations in order to reach agreement on the outcome document of the Conference by 19 June. FfD 3 will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 13-16 July 2015, and the Co-Facilitators indicated they are aiming for a "clean text in Addis."

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UN-Habitat Meeting Addresses Land-Based Finance [viewed]

UN-HABITAT25 May 2015: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has brought together experts in municipal finance, governance and capacity development to review its ‘Land-Based Finance Training Package,' which is designed to: build the capacity of local and national leaders to utilize land-based financing as an important element within municipal finance; help government agencies broaden their understanding regarding potential land-based revenue tools; and facilitate critical thinking regarding requirements to implement or improve each tool.

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UNDP, UNEP Support Environment and Climate Mainstreaming for Poverty Reduction [viewed]

UNDP UNEPMay 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) – UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) has published the second edition of a report, titled 'Mainstreaming environment and climate for poverty reduction and sustainable development: A handbook to strengthen planning and budgeting processes,' which supports the integration and implementation of pro-poor, environmental sustainability objectives into national, subnational and sectoral development policies, plans and budgets to contribute to poverty alleviation and an inclusive, green economy.

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Event: 71st Session of ESCAP [viewed]

The theme of the 71st Session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is 'Balancing the Three Dimensions of Sustainable Development: From Integration to Implementation'. Leaders will discuss an ESCAP study on the theme, as well as the findings of ESCAP's flagship publication, 'The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2015'. Senior officials from the region will meet from 25-27 May 2015, in preparation for the ministerial segment, which takes place on 28-29 May 2015. Also during the meeting, ESCAP, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will launch the final report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), titled ‘Making It Happen: Technology, Finance and Statistics for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific'.  

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SE4ALL Ministerial Dialogue Hears Commitments from Over 100 Countries [viewed]

iisdrs_se4all-201521 May 2015: Opening the final day of the Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue, a part of the Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum, SE4ALL CEO Kandeh Yumkella urged participants to make commitments to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 on energy. The day was largely dedicated to announcements of leadership commitments and actions towards the SE4ALL objectives, with over 80 representatives from governments, business, civil society, multilateral agencies and international organizations outlining their efforts.

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Stakeholder Launch of Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 Held at Climate Week Paris [viewed]

climate_action_parisweek21 May 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Climate Action held a Stakeholder Launch of the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 (SIF15) at Climate Week Paris, 200 days ahead of the SIF event to be held at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in December 2015. UNEP and Climate Action partner to host the SIF, which is the largest business-focused event at each COP session.

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SE4ALL Global Energy Ministerial Opens, Highlights "Trillion-Dollar Opportunity" [viewed]

iisd_rs_se4all20 May 2015: The first-ever Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue, taking place as part of the Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum, opened with UN leaders emphasizing the interlinkages between sustainable energy and sustainable development, crisis management, poverty eradication and economic growth. The Ministerial Dialogue is being convened with the objective of reaffirming the Rio+20 determination “to act to make sustainable energy for all a reality.”

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OECD Hosts Second Green Investment Financing Forum at Climate Week Paris [viewed]

oecd_climateweekparis20 May 2015: As part of Climate Week Paris, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) organized the second Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) from 19-20 May 2015. The event brought together senior government officials and key actors in financing green infrastructure investment for a candid discussion with special focus on green investment banks.

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UNFF11 Concludes with Ministerial Declaration, Decisions on IAF [viewed]

iisdrs_unff1115 May 2015: The 11th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) was held at UN headquarters in New York from 4-15 May 2015, with the High-Level Segment taking place from 13-14 May 2015. Delegates convened to discuss, inter alia, progress, challenges and the way forward for the international arrangement on forests, including reviewing the effectiveness of the international arrangement on forests (IAF), the progress towards the achievement of the global objectives on forests and the contribution of forests and the IAF to the internationally agreed development goals.

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UNEP Calls for Resource-Efficient Growth in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNEP19 May 2015: During the First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report detailing patterns of resource use in the Asia-Pacific region. The report, titled 'Indicators for a Resource Efficient and Green Asia and the Pacific,' finds that wasteful use of resources is detrimental the region's future growth, but that countries in the region have great potential for low-carbon and resource-efficient growth.

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