Asia

Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security Adopts Amman Youth Declaration [viewed]

youth-forum-peace-security22 August 2015: The Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security concluded with the adoption of the 'Amman Youth Declaration,' presenting a common vision and roadmap for the international community's engagement with young people to counter violent extremism and build lasting peace. The Global Forum was organized following an April 2015 thematic debate organized by Jordan during its presidency of the UN Security Council, which aimed to step up global attention to the potential contribution of youth to the global peace agenda.

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Event: High-level Multi-stakeholder Strategy Forum on South-South and Triangular Cooperation Post-2015 [viewed]

A High-level Multi-stakeholder Strategy Forum on the theme “Scaling-up Global Support for South-South and Triangular Cooperation in the Context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda” will be held as follow-up to the High-level Meeting on South-South and Triangular Cooperation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, “Financing for Development in the South and Technology Transfer,” which was held from 17-18 May 2015, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Participants will: discuss the need for a long-term South-South vision in the context of the post-2015 development agenda; share experiences and lessons from other existing multilateral South-South support platforms and mechanisms; examine the efficacy of the existing multilateral South-South advocacy, financing and operational support architecture; and develop a more inclusive partnership and alliance strategy supported by a self-sustaining global and regional South-South support architecture. The Strategy Forum is being organized under the auspices of the General Assembly High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and its Global South-South Development Expo Secretariat (GSSD Expo), in collaboration with the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP), UN system institutions and other partners.  

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Stockholm World Water Week Focuses on Water for Development [viewed]

SIWI24 August 2015: World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), marks its silver jubilee in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on water for development. SIWI notes that, although considerable progress has been made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the targets to achieve improved access to key basic services during the first 15 years of this century will not be fully reached. It adds that about one billion people worldwide still lack access to safe water, and a higher number lack access to basic sanitation.

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6th Regional 3R Forum Examines Economic Opportunities Offerred by 3Rs and Resource Efficiency [viewed]

3r-6regionalforum19 August 2015: The Sixth Regional 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) Forum in Asia and the Pacific discussed the linkages between waste management, tourism, water security and sustainable urban management in the region, as well as the economic and employment opportunities posed by 3Rs and resource efficiency.

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UN Regional Commissions Highlight Role in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

uneca-unece-escap-eclac-escwaAugust 2015: The UN Economic Commissions for Africa (UNECA), Europe (UNECE), Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and Western Asia (ESCWA) have published a paper on their role in implementing the post-2015 development agenda. The paper is titled 'UN Regional Commissions and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Moving to Deliver on a Transformative and Ambitious Agenda.'

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Event: SE Asia Workshop on Advancing Accountability and Strengthening Statistics for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment [viewed]

This workshop will support UN Member States in strengthening their national accountability mechanisms through increased awareness and capacity in the collection, analysis, dissemination and advocacy of gender equality statistics and indicators. The event brings together representatives from national agencies for women and national statistical offices with the aim of promoting collaboration and coordination at the national level, as well as as well as sharing knowledge, ideas and experiences across Southeast Asia. The workshop is organized by the ESCAP Social Development Division and Statistics Division.  

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UNESCAP Argues for NAMAs in Waste Sector [viewed]

UNESCAPAugust 2015: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) argues for recognizing and rewarding the sustainable development benefits from waste management, in the context of developing nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs).

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International Day Underscores Youth as Invaluable Partners in SDGs [viewed]

International_Youth_Day12 August 2015: The world marked International Youth Day with celebrations and events around the world on the theme ‘Youth and Civic Engagement," highlighting the role of young people in advancing solutions and changing societies. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reflected that young people do not accept poverty, conflicts and unemployment as their fate, but instead rise up to challenge power structures, speak for justice and human rights, and advocate global action for people and the planet.

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International Day Spotlights Indigenous Peoples' Health, Wellbeing [viewed]

international_day_worlds_indigenous-peoples10 August 2015: The UN marked the 2015 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples with a call for improving access to healthcare services. It also launched a publication focusing on health-related needs for indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The 2015 Day was organized on the theme, 'Post-2015 Agenda: Ensuring indigenous peoples' health and wellbeing.'

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Mekong Ministers Pledge EIA Use in Infrastructure Plans [viewed]

lower_mekong_initiative5 August 2015: Ministers from the five Lower Mekong countries – Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam – highlighted the importance of environmental impact assessments (EIA) in protecting infrastructure and promoting sustainability, at a meeting with US partners in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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