Gender

UN Releases Handbook on Human Rights to Water and Sanitation [viewed]

OHCHR 2October 2014: Catarina de Albuquerque, UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, launched a handbook outlining the legal foundations and recognition of human rights to water and sanitation.

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Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Releases 2013 Results Report [viewed]

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves21 October 2014: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has released the second report in its annual series designed to recap the activities of the Alliance and its partners, analyze global progress toward providing cleaner cooking technology and fuel, and identify trends in this area. The report, titled '2013 Results Report: Sharing Progress on the Path to Adoption of Cleaner and More Efficient Cooking Solutions,' highlights eight Country Action Plans that were launched in 2013.

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Civil Society and Academics Issue Open Letters, Other Inputs on Post-2015 [viewed]

October 2014: Civil society organizations and academics have published new research and inputs to the post-2015 development agenda and reactions to the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Recent position papers and other documents discuss the importance of data, serve as open letters to the UN Secretary-General on specific issues, and examine the structural challenges of negotiating a new agenda.

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131st IPU Assembly Debates Gender Equality, Climate Change and Water Management [viewed]

Ipu16 October 2014: The 131st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) addressed a number of sustainable development issues, including gender equality and disaster risk management, climate change, and water management. The Assembly, along with related meetings, gathered more than 700 Members of Parliament (MPs) from 141 countries.

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UN Celebrates 2014 World Food Day, FAO Releases State of Food and Agriculture Report [viewed]

FAO16 October 2014: International World Food Day 2014, celebrated on 16 October, focused on 'Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth.' The day, syncing with the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, featured statements, events, and reports from the UN system on the important role of family farmers.

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UN Spotlights Role of Rural Women in Climate, SDGs [viewed]

United Nations15 October 2014: This year's International Day of Rural Women emphasized that rural women are critical for achieving the transformational economic, environmental and social changes required for sustainable development. In a statement marking the day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said rural women are essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a universal climate agreement, and urged addressing the discrimination and deprivation that rural women suffer, including lack of access to land, markets, finance, social protection and services.

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UN Officials Call for Ending Cycle of Violence against Girls, on International Day [viewed]

United Nations11 October 2014: The International Day of the Girl Child 2014 was observed under the theme ‘Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence,' which was selected in recognition of the importance of investing in and empowering girls during adolescence, and preventing and eliminating the violence they face. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a statement to mark the day, underscored the role of his UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign in engaging stakeholders to raise awareness and increase political will and resources to combat violence against women and girls.

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Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi Win Nobel Peace Prize [viewed]

nobel10 October 2014: Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova were among the UN officials welcoming the prize and the recipients' work.

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UNGA Second Committee Debates Priorities for 69th Session [viewed]

unga699 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its General Debate for the 69th Session, on 7-9 October 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Interventions addressed Member States' priorities and views on means of implementation (MOI) for the post-2015 development agenda, issues related to financing for development (FfD), the needs of countries in special situations, and upcoming UN conferences. The Committee will also consider macroeconomic policy questions, sustainable development, human settlements, globalization, operational activities for development, and technology this session, among other agenda items.

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Event: UNGA High-Level Thematic Debate on Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women in the Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

The President of the 69th UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, will convene this thematic debate on Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women in the post-2015 development agenda. The debate will focus on measures to advance gender equality and women's economic and political empowerment at all levels, including education. Organizational arrangements were updated in a 2 December 2014 note of the President: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/12/021214_hl-thematic-debates.pdf; and the Provisional Programme is available at: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/HLTD-Advancing-Gender-Equality-and-Empowrment-of-Women-and-Girls-27-February-2015.pdf  

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