Gender

Arab Forum on Post-2015 Addresses Socio-economic Inequality [viewed]

anndJuly 2014: The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) and the Arab Organization for Administrative Development (ARADO), in cooperation with the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, held a regional Arab forum to discuss the post-2015 process. The event, titled 'Addressing social and economic inequalities: the need for a new paradigm,' resulted in policy recommendations on reducing socio-economic inequality in the region.

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Asia-Pacific Ministers Agree on 6 Post-2015 Priorities for Education [viewed]

UNESCO13 August 2014: Education ministers and government officials from 37 Asia-Pacific countries have endorsed a draft statement on Education Beyond 2015, at the Asia-Pacific Regional Education Conference, held on 6-8 August 2014, in Bangkok, Thailand. The Bangkok Statement outlines six priority action areas for the region: lifelong learning for all; equity and equality; skills and competencies for life and work; quality and teachers; information and communication technologies (ICTs) for education; and governance and financing.

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Pacific Countries Highlight Importance of Statistics in Measuring Development Outcomes [viewed]

SPC logo5 August 2014: During a regional workshop organized by Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), more than 70 representatives from women's ministries and national statistics offices from 13 Pacific Island countries discussed how to improve the production and use of gender statistics and other statistics to support national level monitoring and reporting and policy development.

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UN Releases Six Briefs for SIDS Conference Partnership Dialogues [viewed]

DESASIDS Conference logoAugust 2014: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has released a series of six briefing papers on priority themes for discussion during the Third International Conference on Small Island Development States (SIDS), set to take place in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September 2014.

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UN Decade of SE4ALL Launched in Europe [viewed]

SE4ALL24 July 2014: The Scottish government hosted the European launch of the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), which is taking place from 2014-2024. The event follows the global launch of the Decade, which took place in New York, US, on 5 June, during the first SE4ALL Forum.

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Civil Society Reacts to Proposed SDGs [viewed]

OWGJuly 2014: In reaction to the final outcome of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in which it proposed SDGs at the conclusion of the 13th session (OWG 13), a number of Major Groups and civil society organizations have released papers and press releases commenting on the proposal. The majority of reactions suggest the outcome is a significant step forward, while also highlighting specific concerns. Many groups expressed appreciation for the OWG's inclusiveness, noting that full and meaningful participation of civil society is being recognized as an essential aspect of the new global agenda.

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WCDRR PrepCom1 Identifies Priorities for Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR15 July 2014: The First Session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom1) of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) met to review the organizational and substantive preparations for the Conference, approve its programme of work, and propose its rules of procedure. Over 600 government representatives and experts attended the conference, with broadly converging views on how to address threats posed by disasters and climate change.

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Event: Fourth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV) [viewed]

In recognition of 2014 as the year of agriculture, the fourth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV) will take place under the theme 'Africa Can Feed Africa Now: Translating Climate Knowledge into Action'. This iteration of the conference is exploring how evolving knowledge of climate can create sustainable agricultural production systems in Africa, so that it can feed itself and support the socio-economic development of its people. The impact of climate change on vulnerable groups, such as farmers, women, youth and pastoralists, will be at the center of the discussions. Each year, CCDA brings together stakeholders from civil society, academia, the policy arena and intergovernmental organizations to discuss the interrelationships between climate change and development, with a focus on opportunities, best practices, different approaches, strategies and planning. The event is organized under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme, which is a consortium of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

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Member States Approve Draft Outcome of SIDS Conference [viewed]

samoa-conference11 July 2014: UN Member States approved the Draft Outcome of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), titled 'SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action [S.A.M.O.A.] Pathway,' concluding the work of the Preparatory Committee for the conference, on 11 July 2014.

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OWG Concludes Work, Submits SDG Proposal to UNGA [viewed]

OWG19 July 2014: The UN General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has concluded its work, adopting by acclamation a report containing 17 proposed SDGs and 169 targets. The proposal will be submitted to the UN General Assembly for consideration and action at its 68th session.

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