Finance

Task Force Estimates US$320 Billion/Year Needed for China's Environmental Targets [viewed]

unep_china22 April 2015: China's central bank and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the final report of the jointly convened Green Finance Task Force, which estimates that US$320 billion worth of investment will be needed annually to meet China's environmental targets, and recommends measures to create the incentives for private sector financing.

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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World [viewed]

ban_ki_moon_concert22 April 2015: In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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Seventh Summit of the Americas Addresses Climate, Energy Access, SDGs [viewed]

vii_cumbre_de_las_americas12 April 2015: The Seventh Summit of the Americas met under the theme, ‘Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas,' and discussed education, health, energy, environment, migration, security, citizen participation and democratic governance, among other topics. Addressing the Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the region's contribution to defining the post-2015 development agenda and to discussions on climate-related issues. He noted that Caribbean countries have played a particularly significant role in placing climate issues on the global agenda.

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Member States Open Joint Session on Post-2015 Development, FfD [viewed]

post201521 April 2015: The intergovernmental negotiation process on the post-2015 development agenda convened for a joint meeting with the preparatory process for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3). The post-2015 process' fourth session, meeting from 21-24 April 2015, is dedicated to means of implementation (MOI) and global partnership for sustainable development.

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ECOSOC Meeting with BWIs Takes up Post-2015/FfD 3 Follow-up and Review [viewed]

ECOSOC21 April 2015: The second day of the 2015 special high-level meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) focused on follow-up and the way forward. Participants also heard a presentation from the IMF on the world economic situation and prospects.

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ECLAC Countries Launch Consultations on LAC Forum on Sustainable Development [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo17 April 2015: Member States of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) launched a consultative process for the creation of a Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Forum on Sustainable Development, during an extraordinary session of ECLAC's Committee of the Whole.

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EC Communication Outlines Positions on Post-2015, FfD [viewed]

ec16 April 2015: Participants discussed the latest Communication by the European Commission (EC) on the post-2015 development agenda, at an event organized by the European Economic and Social Committee's Sustainable Development Observatory. The Communication outlines the EC's views on the overarching principles and main components for supporting and implementing the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UN Deputy Secretary-General: Sustainable Energy Central to Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

SE4ALL16 April 2015: During a briefing delivered to UN Member States, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson stressed the critical role energy must play in a new global development agenda. Speaking about the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, Eliasson illustrated the interconnectedness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the three goals of SE4ALL.

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OECD Advances Reforms on Policy Framework for Investment [viewed]

OECD20 April 2015: A one-day meeting of the World Bank Group and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) concluded with a renewed commitment to reforming the investment climate, as the OECD's process for updating its Policy Framework for Investment (PFI) nears completion.

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Event: ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Workshop 5 [viewed]

This is the fifth of seven workshops to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will focus on funding and the funding architecture for the post-2015 development era. The dialogue seeks to 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. Based on ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, it needs to take into account the post-2015 development agenda.  

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