Poverty Eradication

OHRLLS Recommends Greater Efforts to Eradicate Extreme Poverty in LDCs [viewed]

UN-OHRLLS23 October 2014: Increased efforts are needed to eradicate extreme poverty by 2020 in the world's most vulnerable countries, according to the ‘State of Least Developed Countries 2014,' launched by the UN Office for LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS). The report, which is subtitled 'Follow up of the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries,' identifies gender equality, institutional frameworks, infrastructure development, service delivery and external factors as critical in reducing LDCs' extreme poverty.

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Senior Arctic Officials Prepare for Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

Arctic Council23 October 2014: The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and Heads of Delegation of Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met to assess overall progress toward the priorities set under the Canadian Chairmanship. SAO Chair, Vincent Rigby, noted that the productive meeting would yield a "rich set of recommendations" for the Arctic Council Ministers to consider. Notably, SAOs approved a report outlining concrete recommendations for reducing woodstove black carbon emissions.

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DESA Provides Update on FfD Conference Funding Needs [viewed]

UNDESA22 October 2014: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) briefed UN Member States on funding requirements for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), with a focus on the FfD Trust Fund, and recalled the invitation in UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 68/279 for Member States and other donors to contribute to the trust fund to support the participation of representatives from developing countries, including LDCs, in the conference.

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International Day Stresses Need to 'Leave No One Behind' [viewed]

poverty17 October 2014: The UN marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October 2014. UN Secretary-General issued a message highlighting the poor and vulnerable as "indispensable partners” in creating a world of dignity, opportunity and well-being, where no one is left behind, as “their knowledge and perspectives are vital in finding meaningful, durable solutions."

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ADF 9 Recommends Policies to Address Poverty, Attract Financing [viewed]

adfix16 October 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Africa's (ECA) Ninth African Development Forum (ADF IX) agreed the Marrakech Consensus, which outlines recommendations on fiscal policies and regulatory frameworks to address poverty and attract and deploy capital. The Forum, which convened under the theme ‘Innovative Financing for Africa's Transformation,' focused on: domestic resource mobilization, including for Africa's structural transformation; illicit financial flows (IFFs), private equity, partnerships and climate financing for Africa's adaptation and mitigation needs.

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UN Releases Handbook on Human Rights to Water and Sanitation [viewed]

OHCHR 2October 2014: Catarina de Albuquerque, UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, launched a handbook outlining the legal foundations and recognition of human rights to water and sanitation.

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LLDC PrepCom 2 Concludes, Consultations on Draft Outcome Continuing [viewed]

UN-OHRLLS22 October 2014: The second session of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Second UN Conference on the Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) concluded on 22 October 2014, in New York, US. The session, which was initially scheduled for 2-3 October 2014, resumed after being postponed on 2 October 2014, after the first day of discussions.

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Second Committee Debates Sustainable Development [viewed]

unga6916 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) considered agenda item 19 on Sustainable Development and its sub-items, on 15-16 October 2014, with Member States responding to UN system reports on related issues.

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Civil Society and Academics Issue Open Letters, Other Inputs on Post-2015 [viewed]

October 2014: Civil society organizations and academics have published new research and inputs to the post-2015 development agenda and reactions to the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Recent position papers and other documents discuss the importance of data, serve as open letters to the UN Secretary-General on specific issues, and examine the structural challenges of negotiating a new agenda.

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UNCTAD Report Recommends Policy Flexibility to Achieve Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UNCTAD10 September 2014: Strengthened domestic and regional demand, accompanied by better income distribution, is necessary to put the world economy on a path towards sustainable growth, according to the 2014 issue of the Trade and Development Report (TDR), titled 'Global Governance and Policy Space for Development,' published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The 2014 report underscores the role of proactive trade and industrial policies in the post-2015 development agenda, and highlights policies that can help achieve sustained economic growth, poverty reduction and full employment.

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