Stakeholder Participation

World Water Week Closes with Calls to “Hydrate” Global Climate Agreement [viewed]

siwi_www28 August 2015: At the close of World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, world leaders called on climate negotiators to ensure that water issues are paid due attention in the global climate agreement to be concluded in December 2015 in Paris, France.

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UN Secretary-General Visits Nigeria, Discusses 2030 Agenda [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw24 August 2015: During an official visit to Nigeria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed ways in which state governors can contribute to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He also met with Nigeria's business and philanthropy leaders to address their role in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addressing climate change. The visit took place from 23-24 August 2015, in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security Adopts Amman Youth Declaration [viewed]

youth-forum-peace-security22 August 2015: The Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security concluded with the adoption of the 'Amman Youth Declaration,' presenting a common vision and roadmap for the international community's engagement with young people to counter violent extremism and build lasting peace. The Global Forum was organized following an April 2015 thematic debate organized by Jordan during its presidency of the UN Security Council, which aimed to step up global attention to the potential contribution of youth to the global peace agenda.

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Event: Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament [viewed]

Convened by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in cooperation with the UN, this World Conference constitutes a forum for dialogue and cooperation between parliaments at the highest level, and is part of a series of high-level meetings leading up to the UN Summit for the adoption of post-2015 development agenda in September. The Conference will focus on peace, democracy, and development. It will include a general debate on the theme 'Placing democracy at the service of peace and sustainable development: building the world the people want' and two panel discussions on 'Parliamentary oversight: challenges and opportunities' and 'Translating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into action'. At the end of the Conference, participants will be invited to adopt an outcome document to be presented officially to the post-2015 UN Summit.  

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Event: Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV [viewed]

The meeting of senior government officials expert in environmental law on the midterm review of the fourth Programme for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law (Montevideo Programme IV), which is being convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), will bring together experts in the field of environmental law from governments, as well as various organizations. The meeting is expected to address, among other things: the midterm review of the implementation and effectiveness of the Montevideo Programme IV; emerging issues in the field of environmental law, in particular in the Montevideo Programme IV programme areas; and priority areas for action in the field of environmental law for the period up to 2020, taking into account the Montevideo Programme IV.

The mid-term review, carried out in a consultative and participatory manner, is expected to assess progress in delivering the Montevideo Programme, as well as shortcomings, gaps and expected future developments. It will also provide an opportunity to: reassess further development and implementation of environmental law in light of new developments and emerging trends; highlight opportunities for improving synergies and coherence of policies and actions across the international community in the field of environmental law; and provide a platform for sharing experiences and facilitating a coordinated approach among a range of actors to facilitate the implementation of internationally agreed environmental objectives and goals through actions in environmental law. The outcomes of the meeting and the review will be reported to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) at its second session in 2016.

The UNEP Governing Council (since transformed into the UNEA) adopted he Montevideo Programme IV in February 2009, as a strategy for the international law community and UNEP in formulating activities in the environmental law field for the decade commencing in 2010.  

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Event: High-level Multi-stakeholder Strategy Forum on South-South and Triangular Cooperation Post-2015 [viewed]

A High-level Multi-stakeholder Strategy Forum on the theme “Scaling-up Global Support for South-South and Triangular Cooperation in the Context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda” will be held as follow-up to the High-level Meeting on South-South and Triangular Cooperation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, “Financing for Development in the South and Technology Transfer,” which was held from 17-18 May 2015, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Participants will: discuss the need for a long-term South-South vision in the context of the post-2015 development agenda; share experiences and lessons from other existing multilateral South-South support platforms and mechanisms; examine the efficacy of the existing multilateral South-South advocacy, financing and operational support architecture; and develop a more inclusive partnership and alliance strategy supported by a self-sustaining global and regional South-South support architecture. The Strategy Forum is being organized under the auspices of the General Assembly High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and its Global South-South Development Expo Secretariat (GSSD Expo), in collaboration with the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP), UN system institutions and other partners.  

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Event: 21st Senior Officials Meeting of the EMG [viewed]

The 21st senior officials meeting of the Environmental Management Group (EMG) (SOM-21) will be held in conjunction with the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015. The meeting is intended to provide an opportunity to strategize and come up with a common message on how the UN system intends to support countries in achieving the environmental sustainability dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are expected to be adopted at the Summit. In a note regarding the Meeting, Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and EMG Chair, proposed that the EMG discuss, among other things: UN system wide strategies so that the UN system can contribute to the environmental sustainability dimension of the SDGs; maximizing the EMG's effectiveness to be fit for purpose in the context of the post-2015 development agenda; and the EMG's role in coordinating UN system wide support for implementing the SDGs, including monitoring and reviewing progress of the environmental dimension. He also proposed the following modalities for the meeting's organization, including a technical preparatory segment and a senior officials segment, with the technical segment expected to meet twice prior to SOM-21 on 9 September by audio conference and on 21 September in person in New York.

Also in preparation for SOM-21, the second mid-term technical segment meeting of senior EMG officials convened on 6 May 2015, with the aim of providing an update on progress made by the EMG since SOM20, and initiating a discussion on strategic and possible future issues for consideration and inclusion in the EMG 2016-2017 Programme of Work. SOM-21 will be hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  

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Stockholm World Water Week Focuses on Water for Development [viewed]

SIWI24 August 2015: World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), marks its silver jubilee in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on water for development. SIWI notes that, although considerable progress has been made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the targets to achieve improved access to key basic services during the first 15 years of this century will not be fully reached. It adds that about one billion people worldwide still lack access to safe water, and a higher number lack access to basic sanitation.

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UN Regional Commissions Highlight Role in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

uneca-unece-escap-eclac-escwaAugust 2015: The UN Economic Commissions for Africa (UNECA), Europe (UNECE), Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and Western Asia (ESCWA) have published a paper on their role in implementing the post-2015 development agenda. The paper is titled 'UN Regional Commissions and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Moving to Deliver on a Transformative and Ambitious Agenda.'

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Event: ECLAC Meeting on Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the World Resources Institute (WRI). ECLAC will present a preliminary version of the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, drafted at the request of countries from the Negotiating Committee on the regional accord. Representatives from Caribbean countries, experts and members of civil society organisations will discuss countries' specific needs for capacity strengthening and implementation.  

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