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UN Secretary-General Appoints High-Level Panel to Advise on LDC Technology Bank [viewed]

United Nations26 November 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the establishment of a High-Level Panel to advise on organizational and operational functions of a proposed ‘Technology Bank and Science, Technology and Innovation Supporting Mechanism' dedicated to Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The Secretary-General was requested to establish such a Panel by the 68th UN General Assembly (UNGA).

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World Bank Report: 'New Climate Normal' Severe Risk to Development [viewed]

World Bank23 November 2014: Warming nearing 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels “is already locked into the Earth's atmospheric system by past and predicted greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,” according to the third installment in the World Bank's ‘Turn Down the Heat' series. ‘Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal' examines the risks increased climate change poses to development across Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Middle East and North Africa.

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DESA, UNCRD Build Disaster Management Capacity in SIDS Municipalities [viewed]

United Nations13 November 2014: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in collaboration with various partners, organized a capacity-building seminar for stakeholders to discuss vulnerabilities and challenges faced by SIDS municipalities regarding the increased frequency and intensity of natural disasters, the impacts of sea-level rise and other climate-related risks.

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Policy Update #4: The Sustainable Development Landscape: Journey to the Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

When the 69th UN General Assembly opened in September, negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda remained an abstract concept in many ways. Organizational issues for the September 2015 summit to adopt the agenda were not settled. The co-facilitators for negotiations on the agenda were not yet appointed, and the timeline for even initial consultations on organizing the negotiations was unknown. In Second Committee sessions, delegations expressed uncertainty about how negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda would be handled alongside the Committee's annual agenda.

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Pacific Consultation Acknowledges “Unique Context” for Post-2015 Development [viewed]

UNDP24 November 2014: A consultation among Pacific Island States determined that implementing the post-2015 development agenda will require tailoring development approaches to countries' unique geographic, environmental, cultural and social contexts. Participants in the Pacific Consultation on Progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda said such tailoring must take into account existing regional platforms for development cooperation, trade arrangements, and technology needs.

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Nepalese Communities to Form Civil Society Mountain Initiative [viewed]

Mountain Partnership21 November 2014: Participants called for addressing climate change and improving the livelihoods of mountain peoples in the Rara Declaration, which was agreed upon at a conference in Rara, Nepal. Participants also agreed to form the Nepalese Civil Society Mountain Initiative (NCSMI), which will, inter alia, advocate for mountain issues in discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and UN meetings on biodiversity, climate change and desertification.

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ILO Finds Richer Countries Reducing, Developing Countries Expanding Social Protection [viewed]

ILO17 November 2014: A policy paper from the International Labour Organization (ILO) finds that high-income countries have reduced social protection benefits in the past five years, while many developing countries are expanding social services.

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ECOSOC Discusses Food Security and Post-2015 [viewed]

ECOSOC17 November 2014: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) discussed food security and the post-2015 development agenda at its final 2014 Coordination and Management Meeting. UN Member States had an interactive dialogue with Gerda Verburg, Chair of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), and discussed CFS' role in implementing the post-2015 development agenda.

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Natural Capital Declaration, Natural Capital Coalition Workshops Review Flagship Projects [viewed]

NCC - NCDNovember 2014: The Natural Capital Declaration (NCD) and Natural Capital Coalition (NCC) have convened two workshops to discuss developments in the application of natural capital accounting concepts in decision-making. Key outcomes at the workshops, attended by members of the business and finance communities, included pilot projects on mapping capital risks, and guidelines for valuing natural capital in business decisions.

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Event: The Role of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions in Social Protection [viewed]

The International Labour Organization (ILO), the Economic and Social Development Commission of Korea (ESDC) and the International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar institutions (AICESIS) are jointly organizing a conference on “The role of ESCs-SIs and the social dialogue in the implementation of a social protection floor for all”. AECESIS members from 70 countries will participate in the conference, which will exchange experiences and good practices on the role of social dialogue institutions in elaborating national strategies and policies on social protection floors. The two-day conference aims to develop the capacity of economic and social councils and similar social dialogue institutions to effectively negotiate and build consensus on social protection policies.  

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