Institutional Framework for SD

Event: UNEP Asia Pacific Civil Society Regional Consultation Meeting [viewed]

This regional consultation meeting follows up on decisions taken at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) to strengthen multi-stakeholder dialogue and participation in the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Participants will discuss mechanisms for stakeholder engagement in the governance of UNEP, its global and regional decision making processes, and programme implementation. The consultation also will address environmental sustainability in the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting is expected to produce a statement that will serve as the regional input to the 2014 Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum and the UN Environment Assembly.  

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UNGA Resumes Consultations on Strengthening ECOSOC [viewed]

ECOSOC28 August 2013: UN Member States have resumed consultations on the process to review implementation of UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 61/16 on strengthening the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Delegates conducted a general review of the latest draft text, and consultations are expected to continue the first week of September.

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Event: Resumed INC-Forests4 [viewed]

The final Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4) will reconvene to complete negotiations on the agreement and to finish negotiating the draft elements of a document by which the agreement would be presented to ministers at the Extraordinary Ministerial Conference of FOREST EUROPE, scheduled for late 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  

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CEM Reports Highlight Evaluation Methods for Green Public Procurement and Commercial Refrigeration [viewed]

Clean Energy Ministerial23 August 2013: The Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Super-Efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative has published two reports making recommendations on evaluating green public procurement programmes and methods for testing efficiency of commercial refrigeration products.

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Event: Beyond Rio+20: Emerging Challenges and Opportunities [viewed]

This conference will bring together Anglophone and Francophone African think tanks to share their views on the post-UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) world and discuss how to implement Rio+20 outcomes and inclusive green growth in Africa. The conference aims to connect African think tanks to the global development agenda, improve their policy linkages and strengthen their research capacities. The conference will discuss decent work and social inclusion, inclusive green growth and the green economy, green jobs and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), among other topics. The conference is expected to result in an edited book capturing the conference's outputs and discussions, as well as research papers and policy briefs. The UN University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), the Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR Senegal) and the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER, University of Ghana) are co-organizing the event.  

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Event: E-Consultation on Governance and Rule of Law [viewed]

Phase Two of the World We Want E-Consultation on Governance was launched on 12 August 2013 and is open until 31 August 2013 for participation. The second phase of online discussion looks to elaborate on the inclusion of the rule of law in the post-2015 development agenda. Guiding questions address, among other topics: possible targets and indicators for measuring rule of law, justice and security; marginalized peoples; data initiatives; and country-specific situations. These discussions will inform a Global Dialogue meeting to be held in September 2013.  

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INBO 2013 Adopts Fortaleza Declaration [viewed]

inbo16 August 2013: The 9th World General Assembly of the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) convened from 12-16 August 2013, in Fortaleza, Brazil, on the theme “for better river basin management over the world.”

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ADB Study on Deprivation Recommends More Inclusive Growth [viewed]

AfDB15 August 2013: A study by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the National University of Singapore recommends making growth more inclusive, and proposes a stronger role for governments in ending hunger, delivering quality primary education and promoting skills development, especially among youth.

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Study Recommends Improvements to Major Groups Framework [viewed]

Undsd26 July 2013: A new study analyzes the history of the Major Groups programme of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and offers suggestions for a new framework of Major Group engagement with the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The study is announced in the latest issue of the 'Sustainable Development in Action' newsletter from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs' (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development (DSD).

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Event: Harnessing Natural Resource Wealth for Inclusive Growth and Economic Development [viewed]

This conference will focus on policies for sustainable and inclusive economic growth in natural resource rich countries. Key issues include ways to strengthen the macro-fiscal framework and strategies for economic diversification. The event will discuss shared lessons from regional and global perspectives with representatives from a number of diverse resource-rich countries in Asia and the Pacific, as well as Africa and the Caribbean, and will conclude with a high-level Policy Round Table Discussion. The organizers are the International Monetary Fund (IMF), jointly with the Government of Timor-Leste, and in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and Japan International Cooperation Agency.  

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