Gender

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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UNDP, UNFPA, UNOPS Executive Board Highlights Critical Year for Sustainable Development [viewed]

undp-unfpa-unops30 January 2015: Members of the Executive Board of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP), UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) said 2015 is a critical year to reach agreement on the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), disaster risk reduction (DRR), financing for development (FfD) and climate change processes. The 36-member Board provides intergovernmental support to and supervision of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS activities.

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Arab States Adopt Regional Recommendations on Education in Times of Conflict [viewed]

UNESCO29 January 2015: Education ministers in the Arab region have agreed to build effective channels for regional cooperation and called for education provision in conflict-affected countries. The agreement was reached during a conference on education in the post-2015 era, and was incorporated into the 'Sharm El Sheikh Statement.'

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UNDP Social and Environmental Standards Come into Effect [viewed]

UNDP1 January 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched its Social and Environmental Standards (SES) and accompanying Compliance Review and Stakeholder Response Mechanism. The Standards, with the Overarching Principles of human rights, gender equality and women's empowerment, and environmental sustainability, are mandatory for all UNDP's projects and programmes, and are included in 'UNDP's Programming and Operations Policies and Procedures' for programme and project management. The SES were adopted by UNDP in June 2014 and came into effect on 1 January 2015.

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Stakeholders Comment on Synthesis Report, Post-2015 Process [viewed]

January 2015: Civil society groups have issued reactions to the Synthesis Report of the UN Secretary-General on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. That report, titled 'The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet,' was published in December 2014 and synthesizes a range of UN inputs to the post-2015 development agenda. Stakeholder publications also offer their views on the overall post-2015 development agenda, goals and targets.

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Event: ESCWA High-level Regional Conference on Beijing+20 [viewed]

This conference will bring together senior government officials, policymakers and others from the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) region to review progress and remaining challenges in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (Beijing+20) and to reaffirm Arab States' commitments to the principles of the Beijing Declaration. Participants will also review the ‘Arab Regional Synthesis Report on the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the Arab Region after 20 Years,' which was prepared based on national reports from 21 Arab countries. Recommendations from the conference will serve as an input to the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59), in March 2015. ESCWA and UN Women are organizing the conference as part of a series of regional consultations on the Beijing+20 Review. The League of Arab States and the UN Population Fund's (UNFPA) Arab Regional Office are also contributing to the conference's organization.  

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UN Human Rights Bodies Call for Accountability, Rights References in SDGs [viewed]

United Nations18 January 2015: The Chairs of ten UN human rights treaty bodies issued joint recommendations for aligning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets with existing human rights standards, calling for ensuring accountability for their implementation.

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World Economic Forum Addresses Climate Change, Gender, Inequality, Development Goals [viewed]

World Economic Forum24 January 2015: The 45th World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting discussed the global economic outlook for 2015 and considered climate change, inequality, gender parity and the development goals, and sustainable development investments, among other issues. The Forum launched several publications and initiatives, including a Global Challenge Initiative on Food Security and Agriculture.

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Experts Discuss Population and Sustainable Development Linkages Ahead of CPD 48 [viewed]

undesa-populationdivision22 January 2015: The Commission on Population and Development (CPD) held a moderated discussion with experts on the state of scientific knowledge on some of the main substantive issues expected to be discussed during its 48th session. Several panelists outlined linkages between population and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNGA President Releases Concept Note on Gender Equality and Empowerment [viewed]

unga6919 January 2015: The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Sam Kutesa, has released a concept note for the high-level thematic debate on ‘Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda,' taking place in March. Among the aims of the event, the concept note highlights sharing good practices and experiences on increasing access to quality education as a tool for empowering women and girls.

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