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Policy Update #3: Small Island Developing States: Shaping the Sustainable Development Agenda in a Terrestrially-Focused World [viewed]

Six hours from Sydney, or four hours from Auckland: the final leg of a long journey from Europe, Africa, Asia or the Americas. Before even a word was spoken at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), host country Samoa had impressed on delegates the particularities of many SIDS as remote locations surrounded by acres of ocean, all too vulnerable to cyclones, storms and the rising tides.

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UNGA's Second Committee Launches Work [viewed]

UNGA19 September 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its organizational session for UNGA 69, on 19 September 2014, in New York, US. The Second Committee will conduct its substantive work from 7 October until 26 November, beginning with the general debate on 7-9 October.

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UNGA Holds First-ever Discussion on Child Marriage [viewed]

UNGA15 September 2014: UN Member States discussed the human rights and development impacts of child, early and forced marriages (CEFM) and how to end child marriage within a generation, during the first-ever panel discussion on child marriage organized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Circulating the summary of key messages from the discussion, UNGA President John Ashe said the event had helped to raise awareness of the harmful impact of CEFM on its victims, the development costs to society at large, and the need for increased international and national action to end the practice.

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UNGA 68 Takes Stock of Input to Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

UNGA12 September 2014: The UN General Assembly conducted a stock-taking on the post-2015 development agenda, with a high-level meeting to gather contributions to the forthcoming synthesis report of the UN Secretary-General.

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Event: High-Level Conversation on Employment and Decent Work for Inclusive and Sustainable Development [viewed]

The International Labour Organization and the Ford Foundation are jointly hosting this afternoon event on creating policies for the creation of decent work, strengthening social protection, and ensuring sustainable development. Hosts from CNN and The Economist will moderate the discussion, which will feature senior government and private sector representatives alongside leaders of international organisations and heads of state from Chile, Costa Rica, Ghana, Kiribati, and Trinidad and Tobago. Amina J. Mohammed, UN Secretary-General's special advisor on post-2015 development planning, and the CEOs of the Coca-Cola Company and the MasterCard Foundation are among the speakers. The event will launch the 'Group of Friends of Decent Work for Sustainable Development'.  

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Habitat III PrepCom Recognizes Urbanization as Key to Sustainable Development [viewed]

UN-HABITAT18 September 2014: Participants called for inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements at the first Preparatory Committee for the 2016 UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). They recognized Habitat III as an opportunity to create a coherent, integrated urban agenda and ensure urbanization's contribution to sustainable development, particularly within the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

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USAID Publication Examines ‘Last Mile' in Ending Extreme Poverty [viewed]

usaidSeptember 2014: Understanding the "last mile" of extreme poverty is critical to ending it, and achieving progress toward the post-2015 development agenda, according to a publication released by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The authors of ‘The Last Mile in Ending Extreme Poverty' - Laurence Chandry and Homi Kharas of The Brookings Institution - discuss two competing narratives on ending poverty, in attempt to determine "what it will take."

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UNGA 69 Opening Highlights Climate Summit, Responsibility for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

kutesa16 September 2014: On 16 September 2014, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its 69th Session, which will convene under the theme ‘Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda.'

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UNGA 68 Closes, Reflects on Progress Towards Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

JohnW.Ashe15 September 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) concluded its 68th Session with a plenary session in the renovated General Assembly Hall, reflecting on its achievements toward formulating the post-2015 development agenda and future priorities, including continued efforts to revitalize and reform the UN.

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UN Secretary-General Reports on Support to SIDS [viewed]

United Nations15 August 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon submitted a report to the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly on ‘Follow-up to and implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (A/69/319).' The report provides an update on the implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA) and the Mauritius Strategy (MSI) and on preparation for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which took place at the beginning of September.

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