Institutional Framework for SD

Seven Governments Host Workshop on HLPF Review Mechanism [viewed]

hlpf24 February 2014: A workshop on ‘Making the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Work: How to build an effective “Review Mechanism”' was sponsored by IISD and seven governments' permanent missions to the UN: Egypt, Liechtenstein, Norway, Peru, Pakistan, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland. The workshop sought to create an open discussion around the HLPF's review mechanism that will begin in 2016.

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OWG Co-Chairs Compile 19 'Focus Areas' [viewed]

owg21 February 2014: The Co-Chairs of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have assembled a list of 19 'Focus Areas' for consideration by Member States as they seek to identify SDGs and accompanying targets. In a letter accompanying the Focus Areas, released on 21 February 2014, Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and Csaba Kőrösi (Hungary) write that further action in these areas is necessary to build "prosperous, peaceful and resilient societies that also protect the planet."

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Global Survey Finds Education is Top Priority [viewed]

MYWORLD12 February 2014: More than one million people have ranked education as a priority that would make the most difference in their lives, according to the MY World survey for the post-2015 development agenda. The UN Millennium Campaign, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and partners announced the results on 12 February 2014. 

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Event: ECOSOC Integration Segment [viewed]

'Sustainable urbanization' will be the focus of the first-ever Integration Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The primary objective of the Integration Segment is to provide a multi-stakeholder platform to demonstrate how urbanization can be an effective tool for the integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Attending the three-day event will be high-level representatives of Member States, including ministers and mayors, the UN system and civil society actors. The meeting will feature various interactive panel discussions, dialogues, and a town-hall style meeting. High-level roundtable breakfasts and side events organized by Member States, the UN system and other stakeholders will offer opportunities for ministers, mayors and other stakeholders to engage with each other on the future of cities.  

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Event: ECOSOC Global Dialogue on Financing for Development [viewed]

In accordance with UN General Assembly resolution 68/1, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will strengthen and further promote dialogue on and implementation of the financing for development (FFD) agenda, including by strengthening the 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). The Council will allocate specific time for deliberation and consideration of the follow-up to the International Conference on Financing for Development. The Global Dialogue on financing for development will convene on 14-15 April 2014.  

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Event: ECOSOC Partnership Forum [viewed]

In accordance with UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 68/1, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will host an annual, informal partnership forum. The two-day partnership forum is scheduled for 9-10 April 2014. It will be convened jointly with the UNGA. Update: This event has been combined with the UNGA-ECOSOC joint event taking place on 9-10 April: Thematic debate on 'The Role of Partnerships and their Contribution to the Post-2015 Development Agenda.'  

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Event: Making the High-Level the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Work: How to Build an Effective “Review Mechanism” [viewed]

This workshop is being hosted by the Permanent Missions of Egypt, Liechtenstein, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland, in cooperation with IISD. The interactive workshop will consist of two sessions: How to think about review options in the intergovernmental context and lessons from other international review mechanisms; and Issues to be addressed in reviewing options for the HLPF review mechanism.  

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Event: ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment [viewed]

In accordance with UN General Assembly resolution 68/1, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a humanitarian affairs segment from 23-25 June 2014. The Council will also hold a special event to discuss the transition from relief to development, to be convened immediately preceding the humanitarian affairs segment and following the annual session of the executive boards of the funds and programmes of the United Nations system.  

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Event: ECOSOC Operational Activities for Development Segment [viewed]

The first operational activities for development segment in the new Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) cycle will take place 24-26 February 2014, at UN headquarters in New York, US. The segment aims to start a forward-looking dialogue on how to adapt the UN system to important changes taking place in the broader development landscape. The theme for discussion will be 'The Changing Landscape: What does it mean for the UN System?'.  

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Panel Discusses Illicit Financial Flows from Africa during US Visit [viewed]

UNECA AU6 February 2013: Members of the UN High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa visited the US to meet with representatives of the US Government, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the UN, the private sector and others to discuss illicit financial flows. Panel members reported on their mandate, activities and initial findings during a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 6 February 2014.

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