Africa

AMCEN Session Launches Reports on Biodiversity, Climate Change, Mountains, South-South Cooperation [viewed]

amcen_unep4 March 2015: A series of reports launched at the 15th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) address: biodiversity decline; progress toward the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi Targets in Africa; development, food security and livelihoods in mountain communities; achievements from the China-Africa Cooperation Programme; climate change adaptation; and youth.

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Progress Report Shows MDBs on Target To Meet Sustainable Transport Investment Goals [viewed]

progress-mdb2 March 2015: The eight multilateral development banks (MDBs) are on target to reach their goal of investing US$ 175 billion in sustainable transport over the decade from 2012-2022, according to a report jointly published by the MDBs. The report emphasizes how the MDBs' sustainable transport investments are supporting climate-resilient, low-carbon growth in developing countries.

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At IRF2015 Retreat, Member States Consider Post-2015 Finance Framework [viewed]

IRF201516 February 2015: The Independent Research Forum on a Post-2015 Development Agenda (IRF2015) hosted an informal retreat for UN Member States to discuss creating an integrated finance framework for development. Discussion focused on mobilizing different forms of finance for development priorities, in the context of intergovernmental negotiations on the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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EU Development Funding Enters into Force, Signals Support for SDGs [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL2 March 2015: The EU's 11th European Development Fund (EDF) has entered into force with a total of €30.5 billion in financing, according to a statement by the European Commission's (EC) High Representative and Vice-President Federica Mogherini, and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica. The EDF will finance the EU's development cooperation projects in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and with Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) to assist countries in their efforts to eradicate poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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ECOSOC Discusses Partnerships for Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

ECOSOC27 February 2015: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has hosted a special event on the role of partnerships in the next development agenda. The event focused on the theme 'Multi-stakeholder partnerships: Making them work for the Post-2015 Development Agenda,' and welcomed outside stakeholders into the UN to discuss how diverse partnerships can be mobilized to achieve the priorities of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Ceremony Concludes SIDS Year, Emphasizes Links with 2015 Processes [viewed]

IYSIDS-logo-sml24 February 2015: Speakers reflected on the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at a closing ceremony, noting the Year's efforts to raise awareness of SIDS' contributions to the global community, their resilience, their cultural heritage and the special challenges faced by SIDS in achieving sustainable development, including climate change and sea level rise, vulnerability to external shocks, and degradation of their biodiversity and marine resources. Many speakers discussed SIDS within the context of the post-2015 development agenda, the Third International Conference on Financing for Developing (FfD 3) and climate change negotiations.

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High-Level Meeting Underscores Role of Strengthened Capacities, Institutions in Post-2015 Development [viewed]

UNDP ILO26 February 2015: Effective, strengthened capacities and institutions are critical for implementing the post-2015 development agenda and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), participants stressed at a high-level meeting in Chisinau, Moldova. The meeting resulted in the Chisanu Outcome Statement on Strengthening Capacities and Building Effective Institutions, which calls for upgraded capacities and institutions to foster more effective, responsive governance.

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UNGA President Hosts Meeting on Crime-Development Links [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA25 February 2015: The President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, convened a high-level thematic debate on tackling social and economic challenges and promoting sustainable development through strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice. Many participants highlighted the importance of enhancing the rule of law for achieving sustainable development, and called for making it an integral part of the post-2105 development agenda. Many also welcomed proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, on promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

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Event Highlights Integration of SCP into Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

10_yfp18 February 2015: The Permanent Missions of of Brazil and Finland to the UN hosted an interactive discussion on advancing sustainable consumption and production (SCP) within the post-2015 process, on the sidelines of the second session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. The event focused on: a discussion paper prepared by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on financing the shift to SCP; the role of the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on SCP as a component of the means of implementation of the post-2015 agenda; and moving forward on the approach by which SCP indicators will be identified for the new goal set.

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Expert Meeting Discusses Extractives' Role in Inclusive, Sustainable Growth [viewed]

United Nations24 February 2015: Africa's revenue from the extractive industries and other natural resources revenue is expected to be a key source of development financing for the post-2015 development agenda and the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063, according to participants at the High Level Expert Group Meeting on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the AU Agenda 2063, titled 'Enhancing the Management of Africa's Extractive Industries.' The meeting addressed managing Africa's extractive industries to harness their potential for sustainable development, inclusive growth and structural economic transformation.

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