Gender

SIDS Conference PrepCom Concludes Intersessional Meeting [viewed]

SIDS Conference logo29 April 2014: UN Member States concluded the second reading of the Zero Draft of the Outcome of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), ending the intersessional meeting of the Preparatory Committee.

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UNDG Invites Engagement in Beijing+20 Preparations [viewed]

United Nations23 April 2014: The UN Development Group (UNDG) has called for active engagement of Member States and UN Resident Coordinators in advance of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+20). As part of these preparations, States are also expected to prepare comprehensive national reviews on the implementation and impact of the Beijing Platform for Action, as well as plans for achieving gender equality and women's empowerment.

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Event: UNGA Thematic Debate on Human Security [viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) Thematic Debate on Human Security will address the theme ‘Responding to the opportunities and challenges of the 21st Century: Human Security and the post-2015 development agenda,' and will provide Member States with an opportunity to discuss the UN Secretary-General's third report on human security (A/68/685), which illustrates the potential of a human security approach to overcome obstacles to sustainable development, reduce the likelihood of conflicts and provide a life of dignity for all. The event will also consider how human security might be included in the post-2015 agenda. The debate will include an opening session, an interactive panel discussion and a closing session. It will: assess the perspective of national planning processes towards environmental sustainability, inclusive economic development, inclusive social development and peace and security; and consider human security experiences. The event will also focus on: the causal processes of climate change and its impact on people and communities; and disparities and inequalities, with a particular focus on women in situations of vulnerability.  

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Parliamentarians Call for Post-2015 Targets on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights [viewed]

ipci201425 April 2014: An international parliamentarians' conference on population and development concluded in Stockholm, Sweden, with a call for sexual and reproductive health and rights to be reflected in the post-2015 development agenda.

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April 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-idb-afdb-ebrd-gefApril 2014: Throughout April 2014, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved finance for and highlighted results of projects across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, as well as in small island developing states (SIDS) to: improve water supply and sanitation; build urban and rural water infrastructure; reduce water-related disaster risk and increase climate resilience; improve agricultural water efficiency; construct hydro-power facilities; protect aquatic biodiversity; and promote transboundary water cooperation.

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UN Global Compact Publishes 10 Briefs on SDGs, Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

Globalcompact10 April 2014: The UN Global Compact has launched a series of issue briefs on the post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The briefs address the following priority issues: climate and energy; education; food and agriculture; governance and human rights; health; infrastructure and technology; peace and stability; poverty; water and sanitation; and women's empowerment. 

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Water Governance Facility Highlights Gender in Water Governance [viewed]

undp-siwi-water governance2014: A recently released report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Water Governance Facility at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), titled ‘Gender Practice in Water Governance Programmes: From Design to Results,' examines successful strategies for mainstreaming gender into water governance programmes.

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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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