Africa

PAGE Study Illustrates Senegal's Green Economy Potential [viewed]

PAGE18 November 2014: Transitioning to a green economy in Senegal could help lift half a million people out of poverty, create 300,000 jobs and improve environmental outcomes, according to a Green Economy Scoping Study. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) presented the report at an event to launch the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) in Senegal, marking the country's admission into the PAGE initiative.

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Governments Discuss Global Context for FfD, Public and Private Finance [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA13 November 2014: UN Member States have concluded a series of substantive informal sessions of the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD). Governments considered 'The Global Context', in a one-day discussion on 10 November 2014, followed by a three-day discussion on 'Mobilization and effective use of resources,' which addressed domestic public finance, international public finance, and private finance, on 11-13 November.

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WHO, UN-Water Report Finds Investing US$1 in WASH Delivers US$4.3 Return [viewed]

WHO - UN-Water19 November 2014: Every dollar invested in water and sanitation returns US$4.3 and an estimated gain of 1.5% of global gross domestic product (GDP) through reduced health care costs, as well as providing benefits such as reduced pollution, greater workplace productivity, increased school attendance and greater dignity, privacy and safety, according to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on behalf of UN-Water. Despite increasing momentum and financial commitments to increase access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), the report finds serious gaps in funding continue to hinder progress.

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IWMI Launches Book on Developing Water-Related SDGs [viewed]

IWMI logo20 October 2014: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released a book, titled ‘On Target for People and Planet: Setting and Achieving Water-Related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),' which highlights that framing water-related SDGs in a water security context provides a more comprehensive framework than the human-needs approach of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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G20 Addresses Growth, Energy, Climate Change, Trade and Ebola [viewed]

G20AUSTRALIA16 November 2014: Group of Twenty (G20) leaders have released a communiqué following the conclusion of the G20 Leaders Summit. The event drew approximately 4,000 delegates and 3,000 media representatives, and provided an opportunity for leaders to discuss global economic issues and use “their collective power to improve people's lives.” The communiqué outlines G20 policy discussions and commitments.

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African Civil Society Assesses Progress on Beijing Platform for Action [viewed]

beijing20.unwomen7 November 2014: Participants at an African civil society forum discussed the Beijing Platform for Action's 12 critical areas of concern, noting achievements in economic, political and social aspects, but recognizing that progress has been slow, and noting fatigue among those leading the women's movement. The forum was organized by UN Women, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMENT) and IPAS, as part of the Beijing 20-year review process (Beijing+20).

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Event: Africa Industrialization Day 2014 - Vienna [viewed]

The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will host a symposium to celebrate Africa Industrialization Day, on the theme 'Inclusive and sustainable industrial development: African agro industry for food security.' UNIDO notes that the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government declared 2014 the Year of Agriculture and Food Security, and 2014 also marks the 10th anniversary of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), which advocates for agriculture and food security to be at the center of the development agenda at all levels.

The UNIDO symposium will allow experts to discuss issues related to agriculture and food security in line with the Organization's new mandate that focuses on inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID).  

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Event: African Regional Conference on Beijing+20 Review [viewed]

The African Regional Conference on the Beijing+20 Review will discuss progress and challenges in the implementation of the Beijing Program of Action. Participants will also discuss a regional report prepared by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), which analyzes information submitted by 51 African Member States on their national reviews of their progress in implementing the Beijing Program of Action. The recommendations of the meetings will contribute to the global review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The meeting will include an expert segment, from 17-18 November, and a ministerial segment, on 19 November. UN Women, UNECA and the African Union Commission (AUC) are organizing the meeting as part of the Beijing+20 regional review process.  

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UN Member States Pledge $650 Million for UN Development Work [viewed]

UN logo12 November 2014: Twenty-six UN Member States pledged approximately US$650 million for UN development work at the 2014 UN Pledging Conference. The amount represents an increase of $US72 million compared to pledges announced in 2014 as well as a significant increase in contributions from non-Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance (DAC) countries.

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Event: Africa Industrialization Day 2014 - NY [viewed]

The 2014 commemoration of Africa Industrialization Day will take place under the theme, 'Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID): African Agro Industry for Food Security.' The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) and the Office of the Permanent Observer of the African Union (AU) will host a High-level panel discussion on the theme.  

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