Gender

Regional Commissions Discuss Roles in Achieving Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

unga695 November 2014: The Executive Secretaries of the UN Regional Commissions held a discussion with the UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) regarding the commissions' potential role in mobilizing means of implementation (MOI) for achieving the post-2015 development agenda.

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World Survey Urges Simultaneously Addressing Gender Equality, Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNWOMENNovember 2014: The challenges of gender equality and sustainable development must be addressed together in order to realize the human rights of women and girls and support transitions to sustainable development, according to the World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014, ‘Gender Equality and Sustainable Development.' The survey is a report of the UN Secretary-General, mandated by the UN General Assembly and published every five years by UN Women.

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Event: 53rd Session of the Commission for Social Development [viewed]

The 53rd Session of the Commission for Social Development will convene under the priority theme for the 2015-2016 review and policy cycle, ‘Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world'. The Commission is expected to address, inter alia: the follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development; relevant UN plans and programmes of action on the situation of social groups, including disabled persons, youth and families; and its proposed programme of work for the biennium 2015-2016.  

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European Parliament Drafts Resolution on Development After 2015 [viewed]

european-parliamentOctober 2014: The European Parliament Development Committee has released a draft report containing a motion for a European Parliament Resolution on EU priorities and positions on the post-2015 development agenda. Building on an assessment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the motion states that the post-2015 development agenda should respond effectively to the challenges of the MDGs and tackle important issues. It underlines that the new agenda should be universal, while taking into account different national circumstances, and calls for the EU to continue to lead in the process to define the next development agenda.

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Event: Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review [viewed]

This conference will bring together ministers, senior officials from UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) member states and civil society representatives to review progress and remaining challenges in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. Participants will also discuss the Asia-Pacific regional report on progress in implementing the Platform, including achievements, challenges and priorities for gender equality. The conference is expected to result in an outcome document reconfirming commitment to action on gender equality, and outlining priorities for action in the next ten years. This outcome will serve as an input to the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59), in March 2015. ESCAP and UN Women are organizing the conference as part of a series of regional consultations on the Beijing+20 Review.  

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World Bank Presents Case of WASH in Papua New Guinea [viewed]

Worldbanklogo.big1 October 2014: The World Bank released a report, titled ‘Papua New Guinea: Sanitation, Water Supply and Hygiene (WASH) in Urban Informal Settlements,' in their Social Research Findings and Recommendations series.

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World Bank Report Highlights Links between Water Quality and Education Level [viewed]

Worldbanklogo.big1 October 2014: A World Bank working paper, titled ‘Water Quality, Brawn and Education: The Rural Drinking Water Program in China,' assesses the impact of water treatment programmes on education levels and finds that the implementation of such programmes in China during the 1980s increased the average grade of education completed by 1.08 years.

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UN Right to Food Rapporteur Outlines Priorities on Climate Change, Food Waste and SDGs [viewed]

United NationsOctober 2014: A human-rights based approach to food security is necessary to provide access to affordable, nutritious food for all and to eliminate hunger, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Hilal Elver, said in her first report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The report describes renewed political commitment as essential to advance the right to adequate food.

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Second Committee Discusses Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

unga6928 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) discussed Agriculture development, food security and nutrition, beginning with an introduction to this year's report of the UN Secretary-General on the topic (A/69/279). Nikhil Seth, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), highlighted the importance of food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture in the post-2015 development agenda.

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Chairs Summarize Six Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Dialogues on SIDS [viewed]

sids-conference-20148 October 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) included six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues aimed at launching new partnerships, sharing successes, and documenting progress on key issues important to SIDS' sustainable development. Summaries from the dialogues' Chairs, issued as a UN General Assembly document of 8 October 2014, highlight the array of partnerships committed to at the conference.

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