Africa

FfD Co-Facilitators Propose Road Map, Programme of Work [viewed]

unga6913 October 2014: The co-facilitators of the consultations on all issues relating to the Third UN Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) and its preparatory process issued a letter to Member States proposing a programme of work for informal consultations, and a road map detailing the preparatory process. The proposals will be discussed in an informal consultation on 17 October 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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AU, UN Leaders Support African Development Priorities [viewed]

unga6913 October 2014: African Union (AU) and UN leaders discussed the future development agenda for Africa in a high-level discussion on 'The Africa We Want: Support of the UN Systems to the African Union's Agenda 2063.' The discussion focused on Africa's development priorities, the support of the UN system, and the post-2015 development agenda.

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Event: Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2014 [viewed]

The fifth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit will convene participants from 19-21 November, in Marrakech, Morocco, and will highlight the impact of technology on modern entrepreneurship. The 2014 Summit takes place during Global Entrepreneurship Week, and will focus on the theme of “Harnessing the Power of Technology for Innovation and Entrepreneurship". The event program includes high-level speakers, networking events, and sector-specific workshops. The Summit is hosted jointly by the Kingdom of Morocco and the United States.  

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Second Committee Hears Proposals on Streamlining Agenda [viewed]

unga699 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held a discussion on its working methods, in keeping with the mandate set out in UNGA resolution 68/307 on the revitalization of the Assembly.

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EMG Reports on Green Economy Knowledge Products [viewed]

emgSeptember 2014: The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) has published a ‘Stocktaking Report on Green Economy Knowledge Products by UN Agencies and Partners,' which compiles toolkits, best practices, lessons learned and assessment methodologies that support learning and capacity building on green economy.

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OWG Co-Chairs Reflect on Sustainable Development [viewed]

OWG13 October 2014: At an event hosted by the Women's International Forum, the Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reflected on the OWG's work and its proposed goals and targets. Csaba Kőrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary, and Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, spoke of the possibility of a more sustainable future, in a discussion on the theme 'Humanity at a Crossroad: How to Shape a New Sustainable Development Trajectory.' The Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General sponsored the event, which took place on 13 October 2014, in New York, US.

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Climate and Development in Africa Conference Focuses on Food Security [viewed]

UNECA10 October 2014: The fourth conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-IV) focused on how the continent can feed itself, especially under a changing climate. The conference addressed the connections between climate and agriculture, examining how climate-smart agriculture can increase resilience, how climate change will affect the livelihoods and food security of vulnerable populations, and how climate knowledge can bolster agricultural productivity.

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UNGA Second Committee Debates Priorities for 69th Session [viewed]

unga699 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its General Debate for the 69th Session, on 7-9 October 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Interventions addressed Member States' priorities and views on means of implementation (MOI) for the post-2015 development agenda, issues related to financing for development (FfD), the needs of countries in special situations, and upcoming UN conferences. The Committee will also consider macroeconomic policy questions, sustainable development, human settlements, globalization, operational activities for development, and technology this session, among other agenda items.

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HLP Members Call for Seven Actions for Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

HLP On22 September 2014: Members of the UN Secretary-General's former High-level Panel (HLP) of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda have issued an open letter on priorities for the upcoming negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. The letter, which is signed by 18 of the Panel's former 27 members, including two of its three Co-Chairs, recalls the recommendations of the HLP's final report, and offers seven important areas for action in the year ahead.

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Event: Workshop for Energy Regulators: Energy Pricing, Reform and Transition [viewed]

This expert group meeting on fuel price reform and renewable energy energy transitions, taking place from 29-31 October 2014, is organized by the UN Office of Sustainable Development (UNOSD), in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The workshop will specifically focus on fuel pricing reform as a measure necessary for the transition to renewable energy, and complements a UNOSD workshop series on 'Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy Transitions'. The workshop also builds on work by the organizing partners to build a network of fuel price regulators, and will benefit policymakers from approximately 20 African and Asian countries. Themes covered are: technical issues associated to energy policy; energy transition and political economy of reforms; and reform lessons and work plan building.  

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