Africa

Regional Commissions Issue Concept Note for Dialogue with Executive Secretaries [viewed]

rc21 October 2014: The UN Regional Commissions NY Office issued a Concept Note for an upcoming dialogue with the UN General Assembly's Second Committee on 'The Means of Implementation in Support of the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Regional Perspectives.' It will address the Regional Commissions' potential role in catalyzing and mobilizing the means of implementation for achieving the agenda, and the "growing role of regionalism" as a strong driver for development.

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Event: ECOSOC Coordination Meeting [viewed]

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Coordination Meeting to discuss items related to the coordination of the Council, including implementation and follow-up to major UN conferences, summits, and UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolutions. Other issues for discussion include: long-term programme of support for Haiti; coordination and programme in African countries emerging from conflict; sustainable development; environment; and cartography. ECOSOC will also host a dialogue with the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB). The Coordination Meeting is part of the 2014 series of ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meetings.  

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Chairs Summarize Six Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Dialogues on SIDS [viewed]

sids-conference-20148 October 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) included six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues aimed at launching new partnerships, sharing successes, and documenting progress on key issues important to SIDS' sustainable development. Summaries from the dialogues' Chairs, issued as a UN General Assembly document of 8 October 2014, highlight the array of partnerships committed to at the conference.

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First African Mountains Regional Forum Adopts Arusha Outcomes [viewed]

amrf27 October 2014: The First African Mountains Regional Forum (AMRF) addressed the theme ‘Towards a Shared Mountain Agenda for Africa.' Participants adopted the Arusha Outcomes, which are aimed to raise the profile of the African sustainable mountain development (SMD) agenda.

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UN, Development Bank Leaders Launch Horn of Africa Initiative on High-Level Visit [viewed]

wb.un27 October 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced a US$8 billion initiative to reduce poverty, boost economic growth and promote business activity across the Horn of Africa, during a visit to the region with global and regional leaders. The World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), Islamic Development Bank (IsDBG) and EU also made pledges to the Horn of Africa Initiative, which aims to enhance the regions's economic development and its food and water security, among other aims.

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Member States Highlight Gender, MOI in Poverty Eradication Debate [viewed]

unga6923 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) took up its agenda item on poverty eradication and its sub-items, in meetings on 20, 22 and 23 October 2014. After presentations of reports from the UN system, Member States' debate focused on: national-level experiences of poverty; vulnerable groups, especially women and girls; the post-2015 development agenda; the role of the UN system; and means of implementation for poverty eradication.

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G77/China Ministerial Declaration Addresses Post-2015 Agenda, Climate Change [viewed]

G77logo26 September 2014: The Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77 and China reaffirmed the report of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the basis for integrating the SDGs into the post-2015 development agenda, at the 38th Annual Meeting of Ministers. They also discussed poverty eradication, means of implementation (MOI) for the post-2015 agenda, South-South cooperation, climate change, trade, and terrorism and occupation, among other issues.

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Group of Seven States Urge Consideration of Post-2015 Review Mechanism [viewed]

unga69September 2014: The Permanent Representatives of Egypt, Liechtenstein, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland have called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to include a reference, in his forthcoming synthesis report, to the importance of a review mechanism for the post-2015 development agenda.

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DESA Provides Update on FfD Conference Funding Needs [viewed]

UNDESA22 October 2014: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) briefed UN Member States on funding requirements for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), with a focus on the FfD Trust Fund, and recalled the invitation in UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 68/279 for Member States and other donors to contribute to the trust fund to support the participation of representatives from developing countries, including LDCs, in the conference.

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International Day Stresses Need to 'Leave No One Behind' [viewed]

poverty17 October 2014: The UN marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October 2014. UN Secretary-General issued a message highlighting the poor and vulnerable as "indispensable partners” in creating a world of dignity, opportunity and well-being, where no one is left behind, as “their knowledge and perspectives are vital in finding meaningful, durable solutions."

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