Institutional Framework for SD

UNGA Holds High-Level Event on Women, Youth and Civil Society [viewed]

UNGA7 March 2014: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), John Ashe, hosted a High-level Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda addressing the contributions of women, youth and civil society to development. Speakers discussed how these groups can contribute to and have an impact on the next development goals. The two-day event took place from 6-7 March 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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IMF Paper Finds Equality Good for Growth [viewed]

IMF26 February 2014: An International Monetary Fund (IMF) publication shows that lower inequality within a country is correlated with more economic growth. 'Redistribution, Inequality, and Growth' examines new cross-country data to evaluate the relationship between redistribution policies, economic inequality, and sustainable growth. The paper asserts that whether redistribution is pro- or anti-growth is an empirical question, and concludes that it is the former. 

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UNGA President Releases Background Paper on Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies [viewed]

UNGA7 March 2014: The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a background paper for the high-level event on ‘Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies,' which will take place on 24-25 April 2014, in New York, US. The paper, which follows on a concept note released in January, describes the three planned interactive panel discussions and poses guiding questions.

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Achim Steiner to Head UNEP until June 2016 [viewed]

Achim Steiner7 March 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has re-elected Achim Steiner to an additional two-year term as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), following a nomination by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 25 February 2014 (A/68/770). 

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Event: Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development [viewed]

Organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development for the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF) will focus on: developing strong regional inputs to inform global dialogue and decision-making, as well as national responses; identifying effective and inclusive means of implementation for a transformational development agenda; and defining the regional high level political forum processes to 2015 and beyond. Highlights of the forum include a high-level roundtable on addressing the challenges of meeting the MDGs, a multi-stakeholder roundtable on integrating sustainable development and a special session on the rule of law. It will be preceded by a civil society consultation and a regional dialogue on technology facilitation.  

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Event: Open-Ended Meeting of the CPR to UNEA [viewed]

The Open-Ended Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will consider policy matters and prepare draft decisions for the consideration of the UNEA when it meets in June 2014. The meeting will discuss, inter alia: new mechanisms to promote transparency and civil society engagement; critical gaps and recommendations on the science-policy interface;and recommendations to the Secretary-General on enhancing UNEP's role in key UN coordination bodies. The CPR will also discuss implementation of past UNEP Governing Council decisions, including a policy on access to information; international water quality guidelines for ecosystems; and outcomes of a consultative process on enhancing coordination within the chemicals and wastes cluster. The CPR is the subsidiary inter-session body of UNEP's governing body.  

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Event: HLPF Regional Meeting for Western Asia [viewed]

Organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), this regional meeting for the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF) will take place from 2-3 April 2014, in Amman, Jordan, ahead of the first substantive meeting of the HLPF in June-July 2014.  

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OWG Starts Consideration of SDG Focus Areas [viewed]

OWG Starts Consideration of SDG5 March 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) convened from 3-5 March 2014, for the first session in its "consensus-building phase," which seeks to identify SDGs and accompanying targets. Delegates considered the list of 19 Focus Areas compiled by the Co-Chairs, participated in a joint meeting with the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF), heard the reactions of Major Groups to the Focus Areas, and discussed the way forward for its upcoming session.

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Event: 11th Conference of the Parties to the Abidjan Convention [viewed]

The 11th Conference of Contracting Parties to the Abidjan Convention (COP 11) is being convened under the theme ‘Promoting Blue Growth in Africa: Toward Sustainable Management of Marine Resources,' and will provide an opportunity for African coastal countries to lay the foundation for regional oceans governance in Africa. COP 11 will review activity during the period 2012-2013, and the 2014-2015 budget, and discuss how parties can take up “Blue Growth” as a way of sustainably managing marine and coastal resources. A seminar on blue growth with international marine experts will take place on the first day of the conference. This conference will be divided into two segments: the experts segment (17-19 March); and the ministerial segment (20-21 March). Decisions likely to be taken at the conference relate to: headquarter location for the Regional Emergency Coordination Centre for Marine Pollution; adoption of the revised text of the Abidjan Convention; and conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. COP 11 will be preceded on 16 March by the first meeting of the Abidjan Convention's Ad Hoc Committee on Science and Technology, a body established by COP 9 to provide scientific, technical and technological advice relating to implementation of the Convention. The Conference is being organized in cooperation with the South African Department of Environmental Affairs. The Abidjan Convention covers 22 coastal countries in West, Central and Southern Africa. COPs are held every two years.  

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Partnership for Action on a Green Economy Holds Inaugural Meeting [viewed]

page-greeneconomy5 March 2014: The inaugural meeting of the UN-led Partnership for Action on a Green Economy (PAGE) explored national pathways and policies for the green economy, and provide guidance to governments on achieving a green economy transition. Over 30 ministers and high-level officials from more than two dozen countries met with UN officials, international experts, representatives from the business community and civil society.

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