Poverty Eradication

SE4ALL Global Energy Ministerial Opens, Highlights "Trillion-Dollar Opportunity" [viewed]

iisd_rs_se4all20 May 2015: The first-ever Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue, taking place as part of the Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum, opened with UN leaders emphasizing the interlinkages between sustainable energy and sustainable development, crisis management, poverty eradication and economic growth. The Ministerial Dialogue is being convened with the objective of reaffirming the Rio+20 determination “to act to make sustainable energy for all a reality.”

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Stakeholder Forum Assesses SDGs' Implications for Developed Countries [viewed]

Stakeholder ForumMay 2015: Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future has undertaken a study to enhance understanding of the implications of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for developed countries, as developing countries tend to receive most of the attention in international discussions on the post-2015 development framework.

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Stakeholders Publish Proposals for Post-2015, FfD [viewed]

May 2015: Stakeholders and civil society groups have published numerous reports as inputs to the UN processes to define a post-2015 development agenda, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3). The reports offer proposals and recommendations on the financing, accountability and implementation of the post-2015 agenda, and consider the ambition and course of the negotiations ahead.

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FfD3 Negotiators Review Revised Draft Outcome [viewed]

logo_ffdiii15 May 2015: The First Additional Session for the Preparatory Process for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) convened at UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 12-15 May 2015. Throughout the four-day session, delegates commented on a revised draft of the outcome document, the Addis Ababa Accord, which Co-Facilitators George Talbot, Permanent Representative of Guyana, and Geir Pedersen, Permanent Representative of Norway, had circulated prior to the session.

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Review of Natural Resource SDGs Focuses on Participatory, Country-Led Processes [viewed]

iisdrs_nr-mechanisms13 May 2015: Reviewing and strengthening weak governance institutions at the national level will be crucial to managing natural resources for the long-term, according to participants at the International High-Level Event on Follow-up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resource Management and Governance to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The High-Level Event highlighted the importance of national review mechanisms that are effectively linked to the regional and international levels.

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ESCAP Reports Overall Poverty Reduction, But Greater Gap between "Haves and Have-Nots" [viewed]

UNESCAP14 May 2015: The UN 'Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2015' reports overall reduction in poverty across the region, but notes a widening gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots.” For the first time, the report calculates an "Index of Inclusiveness," based on five economic, five social and five environmental core indicators, so as to capture the three dimensions of sustainable development.

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SE4ALL Global Tracking Framework Reports Rapid but Insufficient Progress [viewed]

progress_toward_sustainable_energy18 May 2015: According to the second edition of the Sustainable Energy for ALL (SE4ALL) Global Tracking Framework, the world has made more rapid progress on sustainable energy during 2010-2012 than the period from 1990-2010, measured in the first edition of the Framework. The report cautions, however, that efforts must further accelerate to achieve SE4ALL's three goals of: doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix; doubling the global rate of energy efficiency improvement; and ensuring universal access to modern energy by 2030.

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Experts Call for Rights-Based Approach to Water for Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

hlpe15 May 2015: The High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), a group convened by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), released a report reviewing the current state of water governance, arguing for the promotion of a rights-based approach to water for food security and nutrition (FSN).

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UNEP Calls for Shifting US$2.5 Trillion Annually to Green Investment in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNEP13 May 2015: In January 2014, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System. The Inquiry's initial research in the Asia-Pacific region, compiled for the Regional Consultation on Financing for Development (FfD) in Asia and the Pacific, has revealed that redirecting US$2.5 trillion annually toward green and inclusive economic activities in the region is crucial for sustainable development.

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WHO Reports Progress on Health-Related MDGs [viewed]

WHO13 May 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report, titled 'World Health Statistics 2015,' which compiles data from 194 member States and summarizes progress made towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and associated targets. WHO reports that, by the end of 2015, the world is likely to achieve the MDGs for HIV, malaria, tuberculosis and drinking water access. However, the international community will likely fall short of achieving other health-related goals.

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