Institutional Framework for SD

UNGA Debates Peaceful and Stable Societies [viewed]

UNGA25 April 2014: A UN General Assembly (UNGA) Thematic Debate, hosted by UNGA President John Ashe, discussed the role of peaceful, stable and non-violent societies in promoting sustainable development. The issues of peace and conflict were discussed in the context of the post-2015 development agenda, with many speakers highlighting their centrality to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNEP's Our Planet Magazine Releases Special Issue on Greening Business [viewed]

UNEPApril 2014: The magazine of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), ‘Our Planet,' has dedicated an issue to the theme of greening business. The magazine features stories by leaders from local and national governments, companies, and international organizations on a wide range of topics, including green growth, energy access, low-carbon development, and the conservation of water, forests and biodiversity.

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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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C20 Consultations Outline Strategies for G20 Action [viewed]

c20April 2014: The Civil Society 20 (C20) Conversations have released summaries of ongoing consultations on four themes: climate and sustainability; governance; inclusive growth and employment; and infrastructure. C20 Conversations is an online platform supporting the preparation of recommendations to the 2014 Group of 20 (G20) Summit in Brisbane, Australia.

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Meeting on Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation Develops Communiqué [viewed]

global-partnership16 April 2014: Delegates to the first High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation adopted a communiqué, titled ‘Building Towards An Inclusive Post-2015 Development Agenda,' agreeing to advance cooperation on various concrete commitments, including aid to strengthen countries' own tax systems.

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ECOSOC, IFIs Discuss Financing for Sustainable Development [viewed]

Ecosoc Un15 April 2014: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held a two-day, special high-level meeting with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Global private sector and civil society representatives discussed the need for greater international cooperation in macroeconomic policies and a coherent financing framework for sustainable development, the implementation of international monetary reform, and the creation of a more inclusive system of global governance.

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UNOSD Forum Recommends Measures for Better Governance of Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNOSD11 April 2014: UN and government officials at the first annual Sustainable Development Transition Forum (SDTF) in Incheon, Republic of Korea, called for strengthening national sustainable development councils and communities of practice, among other measures to improve governance of sustainable development.

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UN-Water Report Assesses Country-Level Coordination [viewed]

UN Water Logo10 April 2014: UN-Water has released a report, titled ‘Coordination of Water Actions at the Country Level: A Report of the UN-Water Task Force on Country Level Coordination,' which examines challenges within the UN system coordinating country-level projects and programmes within the water sector. The report identifies the multi-sectoral aspects of water, lack of country-level water expertise and absence of funding to scale-up succesful approaches as challenges.

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Event: C20 Online Consultation on Governance [viewed]

The C20 Governance Working Group will develop recommendations for the G20 on supporting economic growth and resilience through effective and transparent institutions. The online consultation will focus its discussion on: open government; tax transparency; anti-corruption; civil society, government and the C20; and key civil society issues for the G20 around governance. Maggie Murphy, Transparency International, Mark Zirnsak, Tax Justice Network Australia, Claire Spoors, Oxfam Australia, and Alan Hudson, ONE, serve as the discussion leaders. This online consultation is one of four that the C20 is conducting to encourage a dialogue between representatives of civil society organizations and political leaders of G20 countries. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting the C20 Conversations. The C20 Conversations launched on 3 February 2014.  

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