Africa

Event: Ministerial Meeting of African LDCs on Structural Transformation, Graduation and the Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

The Ministerial Meeting of African Least Developed Countries (LDCs) aims to support African LDCs to make progress in poverty eradication, peace and development for graduating from the LDC category as well to support the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including goals and targets under the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA). Participants will explore actions for the structural socio-economic transformation of African LDCs and acceleration of progress towards graduation criteria. The meeting will take place under the theme, ‘Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life,' and will discuss agriculture, food security and access to energy as critical factors in Africa's development. The meeting will also discuss how the post-2015 development agenda and the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) can reflect African LDCs' needs and integrate the priorities, goals and targets of the IPoA.  

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Experts Discuss Multi-Stakeholder Assessments for Post-2015 Development, FfD [viewed]

ffd14 April 2015: At a side event to the second drafting session on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3), panelists discussed how evidence-based, inclusive, and integrated policy planning efforts might be used as a means of implementation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the post-2015 development agenda.. The event brought together civil society, UN system, and Member State institutions interested to learn about such assessments.

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Member States Start Discussions on FfD 3 Zero Draft [viewed]

iisdrs_coverage_fds213 April 2015: Opening the second drafting session on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3), Co-Facilitator George Talbot, Permanent Representative of Guyana, said “today negotiations begin in earnest; we are embarked on a long road in a very tight time capsule.” The session will focus on a full reading of the zero draft of the FfD 3 outcome document – the ‘Addis Ababa Accord' - which was released on 16 March. The Co-Facilitators indicated that intersessional meetings will be required before the third drafting session, in order to bring a "clean text" to the Conference.

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Mayors Commit to Climate Action Ahead of Paris Conference [viewed]

iclei11 April 2015: The ICLEI World Congress 2015, the triennial sustainability summit of local and subnational governments worldwide, led to a number of climate announcements intended to increase local climate action. The Congress brought together over 3000 participants, including over 100 mayors from around the world, and boasted the largest number of participants at a Congress to date, with many others attending virtually via a live stream.

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GMR 2015: Despite Progress, World Will Not Achieve Education for All Goals [viewed]

report_education_for_all9 April 2015: The world has made progress toward Education for All (EFA) and the six education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but will not achieve the MDG education agenda, according to the findings of the 2015 EFA Global Monitoring Report, produced by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and launched on 9 April 2015.

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Event: Annual Commonwealth and Francophonie Dialogue with the G20 [viewed]

During the 2015 Annual Commonwealth and Francophonie Dialogue with the Group of 20 (G20), representatives will discuss: development priorities and actions during Turkey's 2015 G20 Presidency; inputs from Commonwealth and Francophonie developing countries on their development priorities and how the G20 could address them; delivering inclusive global value chains; domestic revenue mobilization and Base Erosion Profit Shifting; and maximizing the flow and reducing the costs of remittances. The Dialogue will be convened by the Secretariat of the Commonwealth, Secretariat of La Francophonie, and Turkey, as G20 President and Chair of the G20 Development Working Group (DWG).  

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ICP-16 Expresses Support for Oceans SDG, Discusses Integration of Sustainable Development [viewed]

ICP_16_iisdrs_coverage10 April 2015: The 16th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-16) discussed proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 on oceans and seas and its implementation, and reflected on the utility of the Consultative Process in the evolution of the international oceans agenda. ICP-16 resulted in a Co-Chairs' summary of discussions.

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Civil Society Brings Input to FfD 3 Hearing [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA9 April 2015: UN Member States and representatives of civil society organisations discussed issues related to the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) at an informal interactive hearing as part of the preparatory process for the conference. The substantive informal session took place on 9 April 2015 in New York, US.

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Business Sector Highlights Infrastructure, SMEs, ESG Ahead of FfD 3 [viewed]

United Nations8 April 2015: UN Member States and representatives of the business sector discussed financing for infrastructure, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and ESG (environmental, social and governance) reporting, at an informal interactive hearing as part of the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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Africa to Develop Common Position on Urban Agenda [viewed]

UNECA AU31 March 2015: Participants discussed development challenges related to Africa's rapid urbanization, during a High-level Panel organized by the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). The panel also considered recommendations on urbanization and structural transformation in line with Africa's Agenda 2063.

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