Africa

GSDR 2015: Improved Science Needed for Sustainable Development Decision-Making [viewed]

global-sustainable-development1 July 2015: The 2015 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) underscores the importance of science in guiding policy decisions for sustainable development. The report, called for by the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), provides a survey of scientific findings on oceans and livelihoods, sustainable consumption and production (SCP), disaster risk reduction (DRR), industrialization and the use of big data in Africa, among other issues.

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Member States, Civil Society Discuss Post-2015 National Implementation [viewed]

un-foundation-mexico-denmark-savechildren30 June 2015: UN Member States and civil society discussed challenges and insights in the national implementation of the post-2015 development agenda, at a side event co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of Denmark, the Permanent Mission of Mexico, Save the Children, and the UN Foundation, during the third session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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WHO/UNICEF Report: Limited Progress on Sanitation Threatens Gains from Improved Water Sources [viewed]

Unicef WHO30 June 2015: Lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine health and survival gains from access to improved drinking water sources, finds a joint report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The report's findings underscore the importance of focusing on inequalities to ensure that the poorest make progress.

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World Bank's 2015 Little Green Data Book Highlights Costs of Air Pollution [viewed]

World Bank16 June 2015: The World Bank released the 2015 edition of the 'Little Green Data Book,' its annual compilation of environment data. The latest edition includes new indicators for measuring air pollution, and demonstrates that it represents a significant cost to the economy and a risk to sustainability, which should be addressed by public health policy and national planning.

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Annual Contributions to UNFPA Exceed US$1 Billion in 2014 [viewed]

Unfpalogo2 June 2015: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) reported its highest-ever level of donor contributions in 2014, exceeding US$1 billion, in the context of stronger engagement with non-traditional donors such as the World Bank, the Global Fund and the Global Vaccine Alliance. The Fund's 2014 annual report, 'A Year of Renewal,' provides a breakdown of spending by region and by purpose, showing that over half of UNFPA's resources, US$501.2 million, was directed to promoting access to sexual and reproductive health services.

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Event: Third Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development Forum [viewed]

The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in cooperation with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the governments of Ethiopia and Senegal, will organize the Third Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development Forum (ISID) on the margins of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3). The Forum will discuss partnership approaches to financing and catalyzing all relevant resources for ISID within the framework of the post-2015 development agenda, focusing on industrial projects ranging from small and medium-scale domestic enterprises to large-scale international investments.  

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Event: Civil Society Organization Financing for Development Forum [viewed]

Organized by the Civil Society Organization (CSO) Financing for Development (FfD) group, the CSO FfD Forum will precede the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3). It will seek to: inform participating CSOs on the status of the official process and coordinate civil society participation to FfD 3; develop a collective CSO Forum Declaration, as well as the CSO messages for the FfD 3 Roundtables, the CSO FfD3 Group-led side events and any other opportunities that might emerge; and plan and organize future areas of CSO engagement on FfD, beyond the Conference.  

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Discussions Begin on Ensuring Success of SDG 14 [viewed]

fiji-goc-palau23 June 2015: Participants discussed progress in addressing ocean conservation, management and governance at a side event highlighting the upcoming Triennial Oceans and Seas Global Conferences. Speakers noted achievements in oceans governance, such as the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) recommendation to launch negotiations for a new implementing agreement under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the proposal by the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of a stand-alone goal to Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development (SDG 14).

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Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries Endorses SE4All Decade [viewed]

s4all0cplp-aler26 June 2015: The Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) underscored the importance of energy in the post-2015 development agenda and endorsed the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) following its first ministerial meeting on energy. In the launch statement, ministers decided to encourage sustainable and inclusive development of the energy sector in the CPLP countries in order to enhance energy security and guarantee a minimum level of access to sustainable energy services in the entire community.

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UNCTAD Report Calls for Reform of Global International Investment Regime [viewed]

UNCTAD24 June 2015: In its annual review of global foreign direct investment (FDI), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) highlights the need to harmonize the “global patchwork” of over 3,300 international investment agreements and to direct investment flows toward inclusive and sustainable development.

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