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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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Inaugural Forum Addresses Unsustainable Consumption [viewed]

UNEP25 February 2015: The First International Forum on Sustainable Lifestyles discussed drivers of unsustainable consumption and lifestyles, and showcased initiatives that promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP). The Forum also highlighted the role of the private sector in shifting to more sustainable lifestyles and mindsets.

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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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OECD Projects 290% Increase in Freight Transport Emissions by 2050 [viewed]

OECD_NEW27 January 2015: The International Transport Forum (ITF) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its 2015 Transport Outlook. According to the report's projections, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from freight transport will increase by 290% by 2050. The Outlook also predicts that cities in China, India and Latin America will generate 38% of the growth in passenger transport emissions.

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UNSG Updates Membership on Climate Negotiations [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw23 February 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefed UN Member States on the status of global climate change negotiations. He discussed progress made at recent meetings of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and said a few key issues remain to be decided, including climate finance, adaptation and resilience, and accelerating action.

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OECD Report Recommends Reforms to Address Inequality [viewed]

OECD_NEW9 February 2015: "Determined and systematic action" is necessary across a broad range of policy areas to restore healthy growth, and ensure gains are broadly shared, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) 2015 'Going for Growth' report. The report examines the effect of pro-growth structural reforms on income inequality, and recommends efforts by both advanced and emerging economies to promote more inclusive growth.

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World Bank Calls for Systematic Approach to Air Quality Management [viewed]

Worldbanklogo19 February 2015: A report examining the World Bank's activities in relation to air quality management and environmental health recommends a more systematic focus for enhanced impact. Drawing lessons from successful projects to date, the report calls for: better data and systematic monitoring of changes in air quality over time; an active dialogue with all stakeholders; integrated approaches; cross-sectoral involvement; and a combination of technical, policy and economic measures.

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Event: World Green Economy Summit 2015 [viewed]

The second edition of the World Green Economy Summit (WGES) will take place from 22-23 April in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). An initiative of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), WGES 2015 aims to: develop the WGES Public-Private Partnership and Green Economy Marketplace Platform initiatives; follow up on commitments made at WGES 2014 through the Dubai Declaration; position WGES as the premier international platform for the green economy and Dubai as the 'capital of the green economy'; and create strong linkages to the UN climate agreement 2015 through the Road to Paris initiative and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Taking place under the theme 'The Global Green Economy,' WGES 2015 is aimed at a multi-takeholder audience, and will feature plenary sessions, roundtables, workshops, networking opportunities and an exhibition. The 16th Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX), will be held in parallel with WGES 2015, from 21-23 April, at the same venue.  

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Governments Advance Revision of Mediterranean Sustainable Development Strategy [viewed]

unep-map18 February 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the France-based NGO Plan Bleu supported a regional conference in Malta, in which stakeholders and Parties to the Barcelona Convention reviewed a revised sustainable development strategy for the Mediterranean region. Participants considered six thematic areas of the revised Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD): seas and coasts; natural resources; rural development and food; climate; sustainable cities; transition towards a green economy; and governance.

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Conferences in India Hear Calls for Smart Cities [viewed]

re_invest-dsds201517 February 2015: Two international conferences held in February in India have heard calls from UN officials to focus on smart cities as a win-win-solution to sustainable development and climate change.

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