Stakeholder Participation

UN Spotlights Role of Rural Women in Climate, SDGs [viewed]

United Nations15 October 2014: This year's International Day of Rural Women emphasized that rural women are critical for achieving the transformational economic, environmental and social changes required for sustainable development. In a statement marking the day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said rural women are essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a universal climate agreement, and urged addressing the discrimination and deprivation that rural women suffer, including lack of access to land, markets, finance, social protection and services.

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Business and Biodiversity Forum Seeks Greater Private Sector Engagement in CBD Goals [viewed]

cop1212 October 2014: The Business and Biodiversity Forum, which convened on the sidelines of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), included a high-level segment, a business and biodiversity workshop, a meeting of the Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity, and various other events. The Forum aimed to increase the understanding of how businesses can better engage with and implement biodiversity-related initiatives, as well as to encourage governments and other stakeholders to create enabling environments to facilitate such engagement.

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Biodiversity Cities Summit Produces Gangwon/Pyeongchang Resolution [viewed]

cbd-iclei.biodiversitysummit14 October 2014: The Biodiversity Summit for Cities and National Governments 2014 held in parallel with the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) has produced the 'Gangwon/Pyeongchang Resolution on Cities and Subnational Governments for Biodiversity.'

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Event: Advancing Public Participation for Sustainable Development in Central America and the Dominican Republic [viewed]

This dialogue hosted by the Organization of American States (OAS) will present a series of manuals on public participation in the area of sustainable development. The manuals, prepared by OAS, detail step-by-step procedures, mechanisms and opportunities that national legislation provides the citizens of the seven Central American countries (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama) and the Dominican Republic, and discuss progress on access rights in the context of sustainable development in the eight countries.  

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Event: Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2014 [viewed]

The fifth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit will convene participants from 19-21 November, in Marrakech, Morocco, and will highlight the impact of technology on modern entrepreneurship. The 2014 Summit takes place during Global Entrepreneurship Week, and will focus on the theme of “Harnessing the Power of Technology for Innovation and Entrepreneurship". The event program includes high-level speakers, networking events, and sector-specific workshops. The Summit is hosted jointly by the Kingdom of Morocco and the United States.  

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Future Earth Forum Announces Research Agenda, Programmes [viewed]

futureearth24 September 2014: Future Earth, a global research platform on issues of sustainability, has announced its research agenda and a series of fast-track initiatives. At a gathering of scientists, researchers, and public and private decision-makers known as the 2014 Future Earth Forum, the network announced that the three central themes for its work will be: a dynamic plant; global sustainable development; and transformations towards sustainability.

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EMG Reports on Green Economy Knowledge Products [viewed]

emgSeptember 2014: The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) has published a ‘Stocktaking Report on Green Economy Knowledge Products by UN Agencies and Partners,' which compiles toolkits, best practices, lessons learned and assessment methodologies that support learning and capacity building on green economy.

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Event: Symposium on Science and the Sustainable Development Goals [viewed]

This symposium will focus on opportunities and challenges related to including inputs from scientists in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and fostering interaction between policy processes and science. This event will focus on: assessing the ongoing processes on the SDGs and the post-2015 development agenda; the role of scientists in shaping the SDGs at the global, national, and local levels to help integrate sustainability concerns into actions; and engagement between local and international science communities with policymakers, civil society and citizens to help craft the post-2015 development agenda and implementation sustainable policies. Csaba Kőrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary and Co-Chair of the Open Working Group on the SDGs, and Mark Stafford Smith, Chair of the Future Earth Science Committee and Science Director of the Climate Adaptation Flagship at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, will give keynote speeches. The symposium is being organized by the UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), together with the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the POST2015 Project.  

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CEOs, Finance Ministers Address Climate Change at World Bank, IMF Meetings [viewed]

WB and IMF13 October 2014: The 2014 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) tackled some of the most pressing issues and risks facing the world today, such as the Ebola epidemic, unrest in the Middle East, climate change and lack of money for critical infrastructure.

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States, Stakeholders Discuss 'Shared Societies' in Implementing Post-2015 Development [viewed]

sidint8 October 2014: UN Member States and stakeholders discussed how the concept of “shared societies” can contribute to defining and implementing the post-2015 development agenda. Amina Mohammed, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning, Danilo Turk, former president of Slovenia, and Sanjay Reddy, 'Development' Editorial Board, spoke at the policy dialogue on 'Shared Societies Perspectives in the Post-2015 Development Agenda', organized by the Permanent Missions of Italy and Slovenia to the UN, the Club de Madrid and the Society for International Development (SID), on 8 October 2014, in New York, US.

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