Gender

FAO, Food Tank Launch Discussion on Future of Family Farming [viewed]

iyffJune 2014: As part of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Food Tank are organizing an e-discussion, titled ‘The Future of Family Farming: Empowerment and Equal Rights for Women and Youth,' which is open for participation from 9-30 June 2014. IYFF discussions and events throughout the Year aim to raise global attention on the role of family farming in eradicating poverty and hunger, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, protecting the environment, managing natural resources and achieving sustainable development.

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ECOSOC Discusses Using Urbanization as Vehicle for Sustainability [viewed]

ECOSOC27 May 2014: UN agencies, Member States, local authority groups, civil society organizations and slum dwellers discussed ways to use urbanization as a "vehicle for sustainability," during the UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) first-ever Integration Segment. 

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SE4ALL Holds First Forum, Addressing Energy in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

se4all-forum6 June 2014: The first Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum convened from 4-6 June 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The Forum's 1,000 participants assessed progress on sustainable energy since the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in June 2012, showcased successes, shared best practices, presented new commitments, and catalyzed action to help shape the global energy debate for the next decade.

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Event: Informal Informal Consultations of the OWG on SDGs [viewed]

The Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are convening informal informal consultations on the focus areas in advance of OWG 12. Member States and Observer States of the UN, other observers that have received a standing invitation from the General Assembly or the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and the UN system are invited to attend.  

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OWG Co-Chairs Issue Zero Draft with 17 SDGs [viewed]

owg2 June 2014: The Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have issued the "zero draft" of goals and targets. Titled ‘Introduction and Proposed Goals and Targets on Sustainable Development for the Post2015 Development Agenda,' the zero draft proposes 17 SDGs to be attained by 2030, as well as associated targets.

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EC Adopts Communication on SDGs [viewed]

European Union 2 June 2014: The European Commission (EC) has adopted a Communication to contribute to the EU position at the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Toronto Summit Calls for Nutrition and Accountability for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health [viewed]

pmnch30 May 2014: The Global Summit on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) concluded with a call to end preventable maternal and child deaths within a generation, highlighting the importance of nutrition initiatives and a robust accountability framework.

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UN and Sesame Street Muppet Launch Campaign to End Open Defecation [viewed]

United Nations28 May 2014: The UN Deputy Secretary General, Jan Eliasson, officially launched a campaign to help end the practice of open defecation and improve access to toilets and latrines. Over one billion people worldwide practice open defecation and 2.5 billion lack basic sanitation, with consequences for their dignity, health and security, particularly for women and girls.

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Event: UNCTAD Public Symposium: A Better World Economic Order for Equality and Sustainable Development Post-2015 [viewed]

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is organizing the 2014 Public Symposium, titled 'A Better World Economic Order for Equality and Sustainable Development Post-2015,' with the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and other partner organizations. The Symposium will explore the challenges widening inequality poses to sustainable development through two main themes. The theme on ‘Macroeconomic dimensions of inequality' will examine: growing inequality between and within nations; the contribution of inequalities to the accumulation of global imbalances and the 2008 financial crisis; ways in which measures taken to tackle the crisis have worsened inequalities; and reforms that would contribute to more sustainable and equitable forms of sustainable development. The second theme, ‘Best policy practices to global transformation,' will discuss policy measures that countries and regions have taken to address growing inequality and its related challenges, including partnerships to replicate and scale up best practices. Participants are also expected to consider UNCTAD's role in the implementation of the post-2015 agenda. Symposium events include: the Third Geneva Dialogue, a series of events where Geneva trade hub experts will debate global economic issues and the post-2015 agenda; interactive plenaries; and breakout sessions. The Symposium will take place on UNCTAD's 50th anniversary.  

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Event: Pacific Regional Meeting on Gender, Climate Change and Sustainable Development [viewed]

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Diverse Voices and Action for Equality, and the Pacific Youth Council are convening this regional meeting to discuss priorities and partnerships to advance the consideration of gender issues, climate change and disaster risk reduction in the international policy agenda, including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the post-2015 development agenda. Participants will discuss how they can work together in putting forward Pacific perspectives. Enele Sopoaga, Prime Minister of Tuvalu, will chair a high-level segment on 13 June.  

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