Finance

Subnational Governments to Reduce Emissions by 1.5 Billion Tons by 2020 [viewed]

world-climate-summit2 July 2015: Subnational governments from around the world have come together to pledge greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions that will total 1.5 billion tons of carbon by 2020. Gathered at the World Summit Climate and Territories, 50 local and civil society organizations adopted a declaration supporting a local and subnational approach to climate action, and calling for greater access to climate financing for subnational governments in developing countries.

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Annual Contributions to UNFPA Exceed US$1 Billion in 2014 [viewed]

Unfpalogo2 June 2015: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) reported its highest-ever level of donor contributions in 2014, exceeding US$1 billion, in the context of stronger engagement with non-traditional donors such as the World Bank, the Global Fund and the Global Vaccine Alliance. The Fund's 2014 annual report, 'A Year of Renewal,' provides a breakdown of spending by region and by purpose, showing that over half of UNFPA's resources, US$501.2 million, was directed to promoting access to sexual and reproductive health services.

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Experts Provide Outcome Recommendations for FfD 3 [viewed]

logo_ffdiii30 June 2015: On the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) blog, experts have identified deliverables and policy recommendations that the FfD 3 could provide. Recent blog posts are authored by experts from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Partnership for Education, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Agence Française de Développement Group (AFD).

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UN Global Compact Celebrates 15th Anniversary, New Executive Director Appointed [viewed]

globalcompact26 June 2015: Marking its 15th anniversary, the UN Global Compact convened a meeting titled 'Business as a Force for Good,' bringing together business and civil society to illustrate how the private sector is taking action and partnering to advance societal priorities, as well as the UN's post-2015 development agenda. During the meeting, Global Compact platforms and working groups convened their respective annual events, while smaller meetings focused on how to contribute to achieving the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Event: Third Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development Forum [viewed]

The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in cooperation with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the governments of Ethiopia and Senegal, will organize the Third Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development Forum (ISID) on the margins of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3). The Forum will discuss partnership approaches to financing and catalyzing all relevant resources for ISID within the framework of the post-2015 development agenda, focusing on industrial projects ranging from small and medium-scale domestic enterprises to large-scale international investments.  

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Event: Civil Society Organization Financing for Development Forum [viewed]

Organized by the Civil Society Organization (CSO) Financing for Development (FfD) group, the CSO FfD Forum will precede the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3). It will seek to: inform participating CSOs on the status of the official process and coordinate civil society participation to FfD 3; develop a collective CSO Forum Declaration, as well as the CSO messages for the FfD 3 Roundtables, the CSO FfD3 Group-led side events and any other opportunities that might emerge; and plan and organize future areas of CSO engagement on FfD, beyond the Conference.  

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UNGA Holds High-Level Event on Climate Change [viewed]

HLE_Web-Graphics29 June 2015: "We must act with courage," UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa told UN Member States gathered at the High-Level Event on Climate Change he hosted. He called for "bold, collective action" to "reverse the current trends and preserve our planet." The High-Level Event was convened at the midpoint between the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC and COP 21, and aimed to provide political momentum for an ambitious climate agreement.

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Post-2015 Negotiations Take Stock of Zero Draft [viewed]

post2015-in625 June 2015: UN Member States and civil society provided their reactions to the zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, at the sixth session of intergovernmental negotiations in the process. The zero draft was issued by Co-Facilitators David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, and Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, on 2 June.

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Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries Endorses SE4All Decade [viewed]

s4all0cplp-aler26 June 2015: The Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) underscored the importance of energy in the post-2015 development agenda and endorsed the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) following its first ministerial meeting on energy. In the launch statement, ministers decided to encourage sustainable and inclusive development of the energy sector in the CPLP countries in order to enhance energy security and guarantee a minimum level of access to sustainable energy services in the entire community.

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UNCTAD Report Calls for Reform of Global International Investment Regime [viewed]

UNCTAD24 June 2015: In its annual review of global foreign direct investment (FDI), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) highlights the need to harmonize the “global patchwork” of over 3,300 international investment agreements and to direct investment flows toward inclusive and sustainable development.

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