Poverty Eradication

UNESCO IPDC Urges Inclusion of Media, Freedom of Expression in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UNESCO25 November 2014: Members of the Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) expressed disappointment that “media and freedom of expression are not at the heart of the future development agenda but only in the periphery,” in a decision of the Council's 29th session. The proceedings reflected on advocacy efforts around media and the post-2015 development agenda, and agreed on the importance of continuing to urge the inclusion of media and freedom of expression during negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.

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DESA, NGLS Establishing Post-2015 Stakeholder Steering Committee [viewed]

NGLS21 November 2014: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) have called for applications from NGO representatives to be a part of a Post-2015 Stakeholder Steering Committee. The Committee will engage in planning for a preparatory forum for intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, in order to attract a broad and diverse coalition of stakeholders to participate in the preparatory forum, as well as the intergovernmental negotiations.

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Policy Update #4: The Sustainable Development Landscape: Journey to the Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

When the 69th UN General Assembly opened in September, negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda remained an abstract concept in many ways. Organizational issues for the September 2015 summit to adopt the agenda were not settled. The co-facilitators for negotiations on the agenda were not yet appointed, and the timeline for even initial consultations on organizing the negotiations was unknown. In Second Committee sessions, delegations expressed uncertainty about how negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda would be handled alongside the Committee's annual agenda.

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LAC Review Supports Mainstreaming Gender, Human Rights in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UN Women21 November 2014: Delegates from 21 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean reaffirmed their commitment to the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) and to removing barriers to women's active participation in public and private life. In an Outcome Statement, the region's governments also call for a specific target on gender equality in the post-2015 development agenda, and for mainstreaming gender and human rights in all the objectives, targets and indicators.

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Side Event Highlights Data in SDG Implementation [viewed]

SDG Implementation21 November 2014: Governments and stakeholders discussed data and development at a panel discussion organized by the Netherlands' Mission to the UN, the UN Foundation, and Leiden University. 'Data for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Monitoring Post-2015 Progress and Implementation' featured an expert discussion of data's importance in monitoring the post-2015 development agenda, and potential pitfalls of data collection.

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UNICEF Report Calls for Innovation to Address Inequalities Among Children [viewed]

Unicef Logo20 November 2014: “Brave, fresh thinking” and innovation are needed to overcome age-old inequalities that prevent children from surviving, thriving and maximizing their potential, according to 'The State of the World's Children 2015: Reimagine the Future.' The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) launched the report on the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention of the Rights of the Child.

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ILO Finds Richer Countries Reducing, Developing Countries Expanding Social Protection [viewed]

ILO17 November 2014: A policy paper from the International Labour Organization (ILO) finds that high-income countries have reduced social protection benefits in the past five years, while many developing countries are expanding social services.

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UN Highlights ISID on Africa Industrialization Day [viewed]

UN logo20 November 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) and the Office of the Permanent Observer of the African Union (AU) hosted a High-level panel discussion on 'Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID): African Agro Industry for Food Security' to commemorate Africa Industrialization Day 2014.

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DESA Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development Appointed [viewed]

UN logo19 November 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Lenni Montiel of Venzeuela as the Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Economic Development in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

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ECOSOC Discusses Food Security and Post-2015 [viewed]

ECOSOC17 November 2014: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) discussed food security and the post-2015 development agenda at its final 2014 Coordination and Management Meeting. UN Member States had an interactive dialogue with Gerda Verburg, Chair of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), and discussed CFS' role in implementing the post-2015 development agenda.

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