Finance

SE4ALL, Partners Ready for Energy SDG [viewed]

SE4ALLDecember 2014: The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative and its “global force of partners from all regions and sectors” are poised to implement a global goal on energy under the Post-2015 development agenda, according to Kandeh Yumkella, SE4ALL CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General.

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Guest Article #38: Mobilizing for Impact in 2015: Inspiring Action for People and Planet [viewed]

2015 is Time for Global Action to end poverty, transform all lives and protect the planet.

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UNSG Says “Stars Are Aligned” for Historic Action in 2015 [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw17 December 2014: “The stars are aligned” for the international community to take historic action on climate, sustainable development and financing in 2015, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he reviewed the challenges and achievements of 2014. He called the Lima session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the “most encouraging” climate negotiations so far, and urged a high level of ambition in forging a new global agenda for development and securing a climate change agreement in 2015.

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Policy Update #5: Financing for (Sustainable) Development: Building the Vascular System of the Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

Achieving a transformative post-2015 development agenda will require a comprehensive framework for its financing, among other means of implementation. On several occasions, UN Member States have referred to financial support as the “lifeblood” of the next development agenda. The Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) highlighted that the needs are “huge” and the challenges in meeting them are “enormous but surmountable,” as global public and private savings would be sufficient to meet the needs.

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IDB Report Highlights Benefits of Green Market Guarantees [viewed]

IDBDecember 2014: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has published a report highlighting the benefits of guarantees for green markets, including by responding to challenges of investing in low-carbon and climate-resilient technologies and activities in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). 'Guarantees for Green Markets: Potential and Challenges' underscores the important role that national development banks (NDBs) can play in structuring and funding credit-guarantee schemes for domestic markets, and their unique position and capacities to effectively design, implement and promote green market investments.

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Scientific Advisory Board Reviews Progress, Discusses 2015 Inputs [viewed]

United Nations11 December 2014: The UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) convened for its second meeting, to define the Board's future programme of work in line with major 2015 UN events and processes, including negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF); and the 21st meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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UNGA President Releases Concept Note on Means of Implementation [viewed]

unga6910 December 2014: The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a concept note for the high-level thematic debate on ‘Means of Implementation for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda.' The note identifies financial resources, technology development and transfer and capacity building as critical means of implementation (MOI) to deliver a "truly transformative and ambitious post-2015 development agenda." The event will include a focus on the role of parliaments, city and local authorities in implementing the agenda.

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World Bank Explores Climate Change-Poverty Relationship [viewed]

fao-worldbankNovember 2014: The World Bank Group has published a paper that explores the relationship between climate change and poverty by examining the impact of climate change on: poor people's livelihoods and wellbeing; the risk for non-poor people to fall into poverty; and the ability of poor people to escape poverty. The document, titled ‘Climate Change and Poverty: An Analytical Framework,' proposes four “channels” that determine household consumption and through which households may escape from or fall into poverty: prices, assets, productivity and opportunities.

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FfD Prep Session Addresses Data Gaps, Global Economic Governance [viewed]

FfD11 December 2014: UN Member States took up governance issues as part of the current and final round of substantive informal sessions of the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD). Discussions convened in two large, moderated panel sessions on: ‘Closing data gaps and strengthening statistical capabilities; and ‘Enabling and conducive governance, including global economic governance.'

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Civil Society Responds to UN Secretary-General's Synthesis Report [viewed]

syntesis-proposalDecember 2014: Major Groups and other stakeholders have issued reactions to the advance version of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's synthesis report, titled ‘The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet.' Responses address: financing; the relationship between the six "essential elements" and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); human rights, peace and security; climate change; national ownership; and next steps.

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