Africa

UNEP Manual Provides Guidance on Valuing SIDS' Ecosystem Services [viewed]

UNEP Logo26 January 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a manual on calculating the value of ecosystems in small island developing States (SIDS), with the aim of supporting a transition to a green economy. The manual underscores the importance of accounting for the contribution of ecosystem services to human well-being in order to quantify and value these benefits.

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ILO Report Predicts Rising Unemployment, Widening Inequalities [viewed]

ILO22 January 2015: Inequalities are predicted to widen as a result of rising unemployment and a slowing global economy, according to the International Labour Organization's (ILO) ‘World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2015.' The report cautions that rising inequality undermines trust in governments and contributes to a high risk of social unrest, particularly in locations where youth unemployment is high.

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UNDG Releases Draft Consultation Report on Participatory Monitoring and Accountability [viewed]

The World We Want22 January 2015: “Marginalized persons and/or people living in poverty should be at the center and the owners of their own development processes with all other relevant actors accountable to them regarding progress on said development outcomes,” according to the draft report from the UN Development Group's (UNDG) Participatory Monitoring and Accountability Consultation. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Women, the co-facilitators of the post-2015 consultation, have released the draft report for comments.

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Member States Discuss Post-2015 Role of Supreme Audit Institutions [viewed]

United Nations21 January 2015: UN Member States discussed the independent oversight role of supreme audit institutions (SAIs) in implementing the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNEP Identifies Innovations for Scaling up Sustainable Development Financing [viewed]

UNEP21 January 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled 'Pathways to Scale,' which identifies "critical innovations in the US$300+ trillion global financial system that can help bring together the historically separate agendas of financial reform and sustainable development." Drawing on country-level examples of financial market and institutional reforms, the report proposes a number of pathways towards 'closing the asset and investment gap' at national and higher levels.

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action/2015 Launches Global Campaign [viewed]

action-201515 January 2015: The international campaign for action on addressing poverty, inequality, and climate change, action/2015, was launched globally on 15 January 2015. Events took place in over 70 countries, with over 1,000 civil society organizations, governments, international organizations, and faith and youth groups involved.

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Stakeholders Address Preparatory Forum on Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

NGLS16 January 2015: In advance of the launch of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, the UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS), in cooperation with a Stakeholder Steering Committee, held a preparatory forum for major groups and other civil society stakeholders.

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Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Calls for Ensuring Means of Implementation in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UNEP16 January 2015: Addressing the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt called for the post-2015 development agenda to be supported by “clear means of implementation (MOI) that can guarantee success.” Giving a special address to the CPR's 129th Session, Sameh Shoukry cautioned against agreements with commitments that cannot be implemented, and recommended a post-2015 process that completes the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and draws lessons learned from their implementation.

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Event: Eighth Joint AUC-ECA Annual Meetings [viewed]

The Eighth Joint African Union Commission (AUC)-Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Annual Meetings will take place as part of the AU Conference of Ministers of the Economy and Finance and the ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, under the theme, ‘Implementing Agenda 2063: Planning, Mobilizing and Financing for Development'. The conference will include plenary sessions; round table debates; side events; and the launch of the annual Economic Report on Africa, which addresses the theme of trade and industrialization. The conference will include a ministerial segment from 30-31 March and an expert segment from 26-27 March.  

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ECOSOC, OHRLLS Take Stock of Second LLDCs Conference [viewed]

lldc2conference13 January 2015: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) (UN-OHRLLS) co-organized an informal stocktaking meeting on the Second UN Conference on the LLDCs that was held from 3-5 November 2014, in Vienna, Austria.

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