Asia

IGES Launches Project on Implementing the SDGs [viewed]

iges-new12 December 2014: The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) has announced the launch of a project, titled ‘From Aspiration to Action,' addressing implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project seeks to examine barriers to and enablers for the successful implementation of the goals and targets, and to recommend essential means of implementation (MOI) to put them into action "through active engagement with various stakeholders and partners."

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SE4ALL, Partners Ready for Energy SDG [viewed]

SE4ALLDecember 2014: The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative and its “global force of partners from all regions and sectors” are poised to implement a global goal on energy under the Post-2015 development agenda, according to Kandeh Yumkella, SE4ALL CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General.

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UNSG Says “Stars Are Aligned” for Historic Action in 2015 [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw17 December 2014: “The stars are aligned” for the international community to take historic action on climate, sustainable development and financing in 2015, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he reviewed the challenges and achievements of 2014. He called the Lima session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the “most encouraging” climate negotiations so far, and urged a high level of ambition in forging a new global agenda for development and securing a climate change agreement in 2015.

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UNGA President Releases Concept Note on Crime Prevention, Sustainable Development [viewed]

unga6910 December 2014: The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a concept note for the high-level thematic debate on ‘Integrating Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.' The note describes the debate's scope, objectives, format and expected outcome, and provided background information on the relationship between crime prevention and sustainable development, including its consideration in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda.

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Event: Regional workshop on achieving the MDGs and post-2015 development agenda in Asian LDCs [viewed]

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) is organizing this capacity building workshop for national policy makers and other stakeholders in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the region in view of the slow-down in their progress toward development goals since the global financial crisis of 2008. The workshop will promote awareness of the need for cross-sectoral coordination for achieving the aims of inclusive growth, decent jobs and reduction of inequalities, in the interests of reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the subsequent post-2015 development agenda.  

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MY World Report Highlights People's Priorities for Post-2015 [viewed]

word we want -report15 December 2014: Citizens around the world want a good education, better healthcare and better job opportunities, according to a report summarizing the MY World survey, the largest survey ever conducted by the UN. The report, titled ‘We the Peoples: Celebrating 7 Million Voices,' presents respondents' selections of six out of 16 priorities for a better life.

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Event: Regional Dialogue on Sustainability Science Policy to Support the Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

This regional workshop on Sustainability Science will focus on how sustainability science can address economy-environment interactions and contribute to sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. The workshop is expected to develop: a policy paper and strategy for the next ASEAN Plan of Action on Science and Technology 2016-2020; and a regional framework and tools to implement sustainability science. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Jakarta office is organizing the workshop in collaboration with the Malaysia FIT Programme on the ‘Science Harnessed for ASEAN Regional Policy (SHARP)' and Japan FIT Programme on the ‘Sustainability Transformation Across the Region (STAR)'.  

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Event: Ministerial Meeting of Asia-Pacific LDCs on Graduation and Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

The Government of Nepal and the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) are convening this meeting in Kathmandu to promote the graduation of countries from Least Developed Country (LDC) status. The meeting will discuss mainstreaming graduation aims into development cooperation strategies, and linking these to the post-2015 development framework and the mid-term review of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) adopted at the Fourth UN Conference on LDCs in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2011. The meeting documentation includes country profiles of Asia-Pacific LDCs: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Kiribati, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Nepal, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Yemen.  

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FfD Prep Session Addresses Data Gaps, Global Economic Governance [viewed]

FfD11 December 2014: UN Member States took up governance issues as part of the current and final round of substantive informal sessions of the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD). Discussions convened in two large, moderated panel sessions on: ‘Closing data gaps and strengthening statistical capabilities; and ‘Enabling and conducive governance, including global economic governance.'

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WESP 2015 Highlights Risks and Uncertainties in Global Economy [viewed]

World Economic Situation and Prospects 201510 December 2014: Global economic growth is predicted to increase by just over three percent over the next two years, according to the UN's latest World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) report. In 2014, the report explains, global expansion preceded at a moderate, uneven pace, due in part to legacies from the global financial crisis, geopolitical conflicts and the Ebola epidemic. The report recommends strengthening international policy coordination and aligning global macroeconomic policies to reduce risks, create productive jobs and maintain long-term economic and financial stability.

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