Gender

High-Level Event Discusses Women's Empowerment, Education [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA6 March 2015: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa convened a high-level thematic debate to galvanize further commitment and action toward achieving gender equality and empowerment of women and girls in the context of the post- 2015 development agenda. At the same occasion, the Office of the UNGA President together with UN Women hosted the 2015 Global Observance of International Women's Day, under the slogan: “Empower women, Empower humanity. Picture it."

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OECD Identifies Priorities for Financing Gender Equality under SDGs [viewed]

OECDMarch 2015: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has identified priorities for financing gender equality in the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda, based on a study of development aid spending on gender equality aims since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were adopted.

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UNGA President Hosts Meeting on Crime-Development Links [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA25 February 2015: The President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, convened a high-level thematic debate on tackling social and economic challenges and promoting sustainable development through strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice. Many participants highlighted the importance of enhancing the rule of law for achieving sustainable development, and called for making it an integral part of the post-2105 development agenda. Many also welcomed proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, on promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

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Workshop Explores Mainstreaming Energy SDGs in Latin America [viewed]

unenergy_un_energyforall6 February 2015: The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) organized a workshop for Latin American countries on integrating energy-related sustainable development goals (SDGs), targets and indicators into national statistical programmes.

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ILC Synthesis Responds to Revised World Bank Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework [viewed]

ILCFebruary 2015: The International Land Coalition (ILC) has compiled a synthesis of submissions by its network of members regarding the first draft of the revised World Bank Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework (ESF).

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IFAD Note Highlights Role of Rural Transformation in Achieving Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

IFADFebruary 2015: Smallholder farmers and rural people can play a critical role in achieving the post-2015 development agenda, according to a concept note by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). ‘Rural transformation: Key to sustainable development' stresses the role of targeting rural areas and reducing rural-urban inequalities to achieve sustainable development and eradicate poverty and hunger.

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UNESCO Senior Managers Discuss Fit-for-Purpose Initiative [viewed]

UNESCOFebruary 2015: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Senior Management Team took up possible reforms to the Organization, ahead of the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Director-General's Action Plan to address the recommendations of the Independent External Evaluation (IEE) provided a framework for the discussion.

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Event: 38th Session of IFAD's Governing Council [viewed]

The 38th session of the Governing Council for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will focus on the theme 'Rural Transformation: Key to Sustainable Development'. The session will discuss topics including indigenous peoples and sustainable food systems, overcoming challenges to rural transformation through the post-2015 sustainable development goals, innovations in financial inclusion, and empowering women to transform rural areas. It will also include a briefing by Turkey on the G20 Presidency. The session will feature high-level officials as keynote speakers such as John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana, His Majesty Tupou VI, King of Tonga, and Pier Carlo Padoan, Minister of Economy and Finance, Italy.  

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ECOSOC Hosts 2015 Youth Forum [viewed]

ECOSOC3 February 2015: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) hosted a group of youth representatives to discuss youth activism and engagement with the UN in the year ahead. The Forum allowed young people from around the world to learn about UN processes on development, climate, and other issues, and share their views and proposals with UN and government leaders.

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24th AU Summit Adopts Decisions on Post-2015 Negotiations, Gender Equality, Illicit Flows [viewed]

African Union (AU)31 January 2015: Participants called for women's empowerment in Africa as an important step in achieving the goals of Agenda 2063, at the 24th African Union (AU) Summit, which convened under the theme, ‘2015 Year of Women's Empowerment and Development towards Africa's Agenda 2063.' Delegates adopted the Agenda 2063 framework document and decisions on climate change, the post-2015 development agenda, trade, health and other issues. The Summit also included a presentation of the final report of the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows.

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