Asia

Member States Review FfD 3 Zero Draft [viewed]

ffd17 April 2015: The second drafting session on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) focused on reviewing the zero draft of the outcome document, the Addis Ababa Accord, circulated by Co-Facilitators George Talbot, Permanent Representative of Guyana, and Geir Pedersen, Permanent Representative of Norway.

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ECOSOC Dialogue Considers Functions of UN Development System [viewed]

ECOSOC17 April 2015: As part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system, ECOSOC held a one-day workshop to discuss the functions of the system, in particular lessons learned, innovations, and expectations in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

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World Water Forum Focuses on Implementation, Commits to “Getting on with the Job” [viewed]

7_world_water_forum17 April 2015: The world's largest water meeting, the Seventh World Water Forum, concluded with a fresh commitment to action towards four overarching goals: water security for all; water for development and prosperity; water for sustainability; and constructing feasible implementation mechanisms.

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Member States Discuss Proposed Measure of Total Official Support for Sustainable Development [viewed]

OECD15 April 2015: UN Member States and stakeholders discussed how a new measure of Total Official Support for Sustainable Development (TOSSD), proposed by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), could contribute to the monitoring of development finance resources mobilized for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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WNICBR Discusses Climate Change and Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNESCO13 April 2015: At its fifth meeting, held in Attard, Malta, from 24-26 March 2015, the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves (WNICBR) focused on ‘The Impact of Climate Change and Sustainable Development on Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves.'

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ESCAP Statistics Committee Promotes National Capacities for Monitoring SDGs [viewed]

UNESCAP27 March 2015: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Committee on Statistics discussed ways for countries to develop national statistical capacity for tracking progress toward development aims, and considered the establishment of a regional forum to bring together users and producers of data for monitoring Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), possibly within the Asia-Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development. It also discussed the resources required for adequate investment in statistical capacity, for the attention of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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India, France Express Support to Successful Paris Conference [viewed]

Agreement_India_France14 April 2015: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President François Hollande issued a joint statement affirming their support to ensuring a successful outcome at the UN Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015, and stressing the importance of timely submissions of intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) and raising pre-2020 ambition. In the statement, made during an official visit by Prime Minister Modi to Paris, France, the two leaders also announced cooperation on smart cities and sustainable energy.

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Event: World Education Forum [viewed]

The World Education Forum (WEF) 2015 will take place under the theme, ‘Equitable and inclusive quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030'. WEF aims to: assess achievements and shortfalls in the implementation of the education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Education for All (EFA) goals during the period 2000-2015; agree on a joint position for the education goals and targets in the post-2015 development agenda; and agree on a comprehensive Framework for Action to guide and support the implementation of the future education agenda. It will address five key themes: right to education; equity; inclusion; quality education; and lifelong learning. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is convening the Forum in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Women and the World Bank.  

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Event: 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice [viewed]

The 13th UN Crime Congress will convene under the theme ‘Integrating crime prevention and criminal justice into the wider UN agenda to address social and economic challenges and to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels, and public participation.' Participants will discuss: the links between crime prevention, security, justice and sustainable development; successes and challenges in implementation of policies and strategies for preventing crime and criminal justice in order to strengthen the rule of law and support sustainable development; international cooperation to prevent, combat and respond to transnational organized crime; and national approaches to public participation in strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice. The event will also feature side events, including on wildlife and forest crime. The Congress is expected to adopt the ‘Doha Declaration,' which will contain recommendations for the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in May 2015.  

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Event: Employment Working Group Meeting [viewed]

The second Employment Working Group meeting under Turkey's Group of 20 (G20) Presidency will take place on 7-9 May 2015, in Istanbul, Turkey. The issue of employment falls under the first pillar of the Turkish Presidency, 'Strengthening the Global Recovery and Lifting the Potential'. Turkey has chosen to focus on understanding the factors behind the "jobless growth phenomenon," discussing labor income as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) and creating better quality jobs. The Presidency is also guided by the "three I's": Inclusiveness, Implementation and Investment for growth. Under inclusiveness, Turkey wants to ensure that the benefits of growth and prosperity are shared by all segments of the society, focusing on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), gender equality and youth unemployment. Further, according to Turkey's Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, implementation will focus on the Brisbane Action Plan and the 1,000 commitments that, if fully implemented, will generate millions of additional jobs by 2018.  

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