Asia

Eye on Earth Launches Data Innovation, Visualization, Blogging Competitions [viewed]

Eye on Earth16 July 2015: The organizers of the Eye on Earth Summit have announced three data innovation challenges for which the finalists will have the opportunity to present their ideas at the Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The three competitions launched are the Data Innovation Showcase, Data Visualization Challenge and Blogging Competition, all of which support the Summit in its focus on using data to secure a better future for the planet.

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Side Event Discusses Usefulness of Administrative Data for SDGs [viewed]

denmark-unstaditical-vietnam 22 July 2015: On the sidelines of the seventh session of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations, delegates discussed how administrative data – the data primarily collected by governments and other organizations for administrative purposes (e.g. registration, transaction and record keeping) – could be used as a data source for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and for statistical systems in countries.

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New Development Bank Opens for Business [viewed]

ndb21 July 2015: The New Development Bank (NDB), formerly referred to as the BRICS Development Bank, a multilateral development bank (MDB) operated by the BRICS group of countries (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa), has begun its operations. The NDB will be headquartered in Shanghai, China, and each country will be assigned one vote, while no country will hold veto power.

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Governments, Experts Call for Using Existing Mechanisms in SDG Implementation [viewed]

asef_side_event20 July 2015: UN Member States embarking on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can start the process by taking stock of, and building on existing institutions and policy mechanisms, said Zhang Yan, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) Executive Director, at an event titled ‘How Can Countries Implement and Monitor Sustainable Development Goals.'

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APEC Advances Sustainable City Development Efforts [viewed]

apec16 July 2015: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies have announced accelerated support for sustainable city development in the region. According to the APEC Energy Working Group, APEC officials are advancing technical support for solar-powered, energy-efficient buildings and high efficiency lighting, improved vehicle fuel efficiency labeling and consumer information, and accessible green energy financing.

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Two-Week Session to Finalize Post-2015 Agenda Kicks Off [viewed]

announcementpost1520 July 2015: Opening the seventh session in the intergovernmental negotiation process on the outcome document of the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, the Co-Facilitators stressed the need to conclude negotiations by 31 July, and expressed confidence in UN Member States' ability to "do great things."

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ESCAP, ADB Discuss Development Finance in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

logo_ffdiii16 July 2015: The Asia-Pacific region could face between US$2.1 trillion and US$2.5 trillion per year in costs to close infrastructure gaps, expand basic social protection and address climate mitigation and adaptation in order to meet commitments under the post-2015 development agenda, according to a report published by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and launched on the margins of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3).

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World Bank, China Establish Trust Fund to Combat Poverty [viewed]

wb_china16 July 2015: The World Bank and China have agreed to establish a US$50 million trust fund to help reduce poverty. The agreement reinforces the Bank's growing partnership with China, which is the Bank's third-largest shareholder and an important contributor to the Bank's International Development Assistance (IDA) and Global Infrastructure Facility. The fund was agreed to during an official visit to China by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.

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IISD GSI Event: Fossil-Fuel Subsidies Reform Can Finance Development [viewed]

gsi-fffsr 14 July 2015: Reforming fossil-fuel subsidies can free up funds for investing in sustainable development and reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by approximately 10%, according to a high-level side event held at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Participants also underlined that current low international energy prices create a window of opportunity for fossil-fuel subsidy reform.

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UNEP Launches Reports on Design of a Sustainable Financial System [viewed]

unep-un14 July 2015: The UN Environment Programme launched a series of reports from its ongoing inquiry into the design of a sustainable financial system, on the occasion of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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