Africa

African Development Report Finds Regional Integration Key for Development [viewed]

AfDB16 December 2014: Regional integration is critical for enhancing Africa's development and achieving sustained, inclusive growth, according to the African Development Report 2014. The report addresses five themes at a regional level: integration and inclusive growth; institutions; infrastructure; migration and labor; and financial integration and value chains.

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Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa Names Conservation International as Secretariat [viewed]

ci-botswana12 December 2014: Conservation International (CI) has assumed the role of the Secretariat of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA). As Secretariat, CI is tasked with helping the GDSA's ten African signatory countries to build on the initiative's existing successes and further efforts to value nature in national social and economic decision-making.

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Copenhagen Conference Issues Recommendations on Inequalities [viewed]

Beyond201511 December 2014: Beyond 2015 has issued the outcome document from its Civil Society Organization (CSO) Copenhagen Conference. ‘Equality at the Core: A call for a strong commitment to tackling inequalities through the post-2015 agenda' calls for stand-alone goals on equality and gender equality, and provides recommendations on addressing inequality in the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNSG Says “Stars Are Aligned” for Historic Action in 2015 [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw17 December 2014: “The stars are aligned” for the international community to take historic action on climate, sustainable development and financing in 2015, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he reviewed the challenges and achievements of 2014. He called the Lima session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the “most encouraging” climate negotiations so far, and urged a high level of ambition in forging a new global agenda for development and securing a climate change agreement in 2015.

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UN Discusses Migration in Post-2015 Development Agenda, SDG Targets [viewed]

iomlogo17 December 2014: The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of Costa Rica and Germany, held a high-level panel on defining the role of migration in the post-2015 development agenda. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told participants that if human rights are not included in the post-2015 development agenda, it will not meet the "core function" of leaving no one behind.

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African Officials Recommend Actions for Implementing Agenda 2063 [viewed]

African Union (AU)15 December 2014: High-level officials discussed the implementation of Agenda 2063, Africa's vision for economic, human and social development, at the African Union (AU)-Regional Economic Communities (RECs)-UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)-African Development Bank (AfDB) Coordination Meeting of the Committee of Ministers.

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UNGA President Releases Concept Note on Crime Prevention, Sustainable Development [viewed]

unga6910 December 2014: The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a concept note for the high-level thematic debate on ‘Integrating Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.' The note describes the debate's scope, objectives, format and expected outcome, and provided background information on the relationship between crime prevention and sustainable development, including its consideration in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda.

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MY World Report Highlights People's Priorities for Post-2015 [viewed]

word we want -report15 December 2014: Citizens around the world want a good education, better healthcare and better job opportunities, according to a report summarizing the MY World survey, the largest survey ever conducted by the UN. The report, titled ‘We the Peoples: Celebrating 7 Million Voices,' presents respondents' selections of six out of 16 priorities for a better life.

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FfD Prep Session Addresses Data Gaps, Global Economic Governance [viewed]

FfD11 December 2014: UN Member States took up governance issues as part of the current and final round of substantive informal sessions of the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD). Discussions convened in two large, moderated panel sessions on: ‘Closing data gaps and strengthening statistical capabilities; and ‘Enabling and conducive governance, including global economic governance.'

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WESP 2015 Highlights Risks and Uncertainties in Global Economy [viewed]

World Economic Situation and Prospects 201510 December 2014: Global economic growth is predicted to increase by just over three percent over the next two years, according to the UN's latest World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) report. In 2014, the report explains, global expansion preceded at a moderate, uneven pace, due in part to legacies from the global financial crisis, geopolitical conflicts and the Ebola epidemic. The report recommends strengthening international policy coordination and aligning global macroeconomic policies to reduce risks, create productive jobs and maintain long-term economic and financial stability.

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