Finance

World Investment Forum Addresses SDG Financing Needs [viewed]

world.investmet.forum16 October 2014: Representatives of governments, the UN and businesses considered solutions for financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during their discussions at the World Investment Forum 2014. The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which organizes the annual Forum, has estimated that developing countries will face an annual investment gap of US$2.5 trillion over the lifetime of the SDGs (2016 to 2030), and public resources will not be able to meet the SDG-implied financial demands.

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WAVES Highlights NCA Trainings, Capacity Building [viewed]

waves9 October 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) programme released its October 2014 newsletter, which highlights trainings and capacity building on Natural Capital Accounting (NCA).

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DESA Announces Follow-Up Plans for SIDS Conference [viewed]

sids2014October 2014: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has outlined plans for ensuring implementation of commitments made at the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), some of which specifically address the role of the UN system in supporting SIDS.

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Event: Second Preparatory Committee meeting for Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

A second session of the Preparatory Committee for the Third International Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is expected to develop the draft post-2015 DRR framework. In addition to negotiations on this document, technical workshops will convene to address: indicators, monitoring and review process for the post-2015 framework; and integration of disaster risks in financial regulation. The Chair is also expected to hold two dialogue sessions with major groups. The Third International Conference on DRR will be held in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015.  

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Business and Biodiversity Forum Seeks Greater Private Sector Engagement in CBD Goals [viewed]

cop1212 October 2014: The Business and Biodiversity Forum, which convened on the sidelines of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), included a high-level segment, a business and biodiversity workshop, a meeting of the Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity, and various other events. The Forum aimed to increase the understanding of how businesses can better engage with and implement biodiversity-related initiatives, as well as to encourage governments and other stakeholders to create enabling environments to facilitate such engagement.

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FfD Co-Facilitators Propose Road Map, Programme of Work [viewed]

unga6913 October 2014: The co-facilitators of the consultations on all issues relating to the Third UN Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) and its preparatory process issued a letter to Member States proposing a programme of work for informal consultations, and a road map detailing the preparatory process. The proposals will be discussed in an informal consultation on 17 October 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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Event: First Informal Meeting on Third International Conference on Financing for Development and its Preparatory Process [viewed]

The co-facilitators of consultations on the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) and its preparatory process, George Talbot (Guyana) and Geir Pedersen (Norway), will launch a series of substantive informal sessions with a first consultation aimed at setting the stage. Delegations will have the opportunity to provide their views on the rest of the road map and programme of work proposed in the co-facilitators' letter of 13 October, and on expectations of the Conference as a whole.  

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Second Committee Hears Proposals on Streamlining Agenda [viewed]

unga699 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held a discussion on its working methods, in keeping with the mandate set out in UNGA resolution 68/307 on the revitalization of the Assembly.

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EMG Reports on Green Economy Knowledge Products [viewed]

emgSeptember 2014: The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) has published a ‘Stocktaking Report on Green Economy Knowledge Products by UN Agencies and Partners,' which compiles toolkits, best practices, lessons learned and assessment methodologies that support learning and capacity building on green economy.

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Event: UNECE Sustainable Energy Week [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is organizing Sustainable Energy Week under the theme 'Energy for Sustainable Development: Trends and Milestones'. The three primary events of the week are the meetings of: the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (GEEE) on 17-18 November 2014; the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy (GERE) on 18-19 November; and the 23rd session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy (CSE), from 19-21 November. Among other agenda items, GEEE will: discuss and approve its draft work plan; consider such cross-cutting issues as sustainable housing, smart cities, industry and renewable energy; and hear the outcomes of the 5th International Forum: Energy for Development. GERE will, inter alia: discuss renewable energy best-practices; address renewable energy finance and investment; consider how a competitive market environment for renewables can be created; and approve a draft work plan. Highlights from the CSE session agenda include a high-level segment on 'Energy for Sustainable Development: Must Reality Conflict with Ambition?', a discussion on accelerating energy efficiency uptake, and a discussion on how renewables can optimize energy systems. A workshop on the UN Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009) classification of renewable energies will also take place during the Week.  

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