Gender

UN Celebrates International Mother Earth Day 2014 [viewed]

international-mother-earth-day22 April 2014: The UN commemorated International Mother Earth Day 2014 with statements and events around the world. Mother Earth Day 2014 focused on green cities, with the aim of raising awareness on how collective action can transform cities and forge a sustainable future.

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OWG Co-Chairs Issue Working Document with 16 Focus Areas, 140 Targets [viewed]

owg17 April 2014: The Co-chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have issued a revised working document in preparation for the OWG's 11th session. The new document represents the latest revision to the set of "focus areas" under consideration in the OWG. It includes 16 focus areas and 140 targets.

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Global Donor Working Group on Land Brief Supports Land Targets and Indicators [viewed]

globaldonorplataform22 April 2014: The Global Donor Working Group on Land has released an update to their policy brief, titled ‘Land in a post-2015 framework.' The update, ‘Policy brief No. 10: Land target and indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),' reflects the latest developments on a proposed land target and indicators, and stresses the responsible governance of tenure of land and natural resources as essential for achieving poverty eradication and sustainable development.

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Event: 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference [viewed]

The 65th UN DPI/NGO Conference is titled '2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda,' is being organized by the UN Department of Public Information and the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, and will focus on the theme of 'The role of civil society in the post 2015 development agenda'. The event seeks to provide an opportunity for civil society networks and activists to mobilize messaging, advocacy strategies, partnerships and accountability frameworks in the lead up to the start of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. The outcome of the conference will be a declaration that will be shared with the UN system, the UN Member States, the global civil society and other stakeholders.  

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UN Secretary-General, Global Leaders Urge Action on Education [viewed]

un-worldbank10 April 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other global leaders launched the Emergency Coalition for Global Education Access, which aims to get 57 million children in school, and calls for "four zeros": zero exclusion from education; zero discrimination against girls; zero child labor; and zero child marriage. The Coalition was established in response to reports that the world is off track in achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of getting all children into education by 2015.

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CPD Discusses Population Implications for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

cdp4712 April 2014: The UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD) concluded its 47th session, at which keynote speakers addressed: dignity and human rights; population and sustainable development; and the ‘unfinished agenda' of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014 process.

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WUF 7 Adopts Medellín Declaration, Recommends Urban SDG [viewed]

logo-wuf711 April 2014: Participants at the seventh session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 7) adopted the Medellín Declaration, which recognizes the transformational power of cities and describes equity as the foundation of sustainable urban development. Signatories also support the inclusion of an urban Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) in the post-2015 development agenda.

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Event: C20 Online Consultation on Inclusive Growth and Employment [viewed]

The C20 Inclusive Growth and Employment Working Group aims to develop recommendations for the G20 on pursuing linked goals of boosting growth, creating quality jobs and reducing inequality. The online consultation will focus its discussion on five key areas: participation of vulnerable groups, including women and youth; education and employment; accelerating the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and defining the post-2015 development agenda; tackling youth unemployment; and key civil society issues for the G20 around inclusive growth and employment. Caroline Smith, National Employment Services Association (NESA), Australia, and Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, Oxfam UK, serve as the discussion moderators. This online consultation is one of four that the C20 is conducting to encourage a dialogue between representatives of civil society organizations and political leaders of G20 countries. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting the C20 Conversations.  

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Government Officials Discuss ICPD Beyond 2014 [viewed]

icpd4 April 2014: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) held a high-level interactive debate on 'The International Conference on Population and Development beyond 2014 and Human Progress and Sustainability' to inaugurate the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD). The main themes of the debate were human rights and dignity, good health and freedom of mobility to a sustainable world. 

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Parliamentarians Outline Role in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

United Nations7 March 2014: The UN General Assembly has released the summary report of the 2013 parliamentary hearing (A/68/790), titled 'Rethinking sustainable development: the quest for a “transformational” agenda in 2015.' It concludes that parliamentarians should: push for fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); engage in framing the post-2015 development agenda; participate in designing national strategies for sustainable development and aligning national budgets; rally public support around national development goals; and use the post-2015 agenda as an opportunity to increase their participation in the UN.

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