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UNGA 69 Opening Highlights Climate Summit, Responsibility for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

kutesa16 September 2014: On 16 September 2014, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its 69th Session, which will convene under the theme ‘Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda.'

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Statistics Division Preparing for Post-2015 Indicator Framework [viewed]

friendsofthe chair8 September 2014: The UN Statistics Division (UNSD) has issued a note on ‘Work on the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda,' in the context of the 24th Session of the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities, which took place in Rome, Italy, on 11-12 September 2014. According to the note, the goals and targets of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN General Assembly (UNGA) outcome on the post-2015 development agenda will serve as the basis for the framework, which will provide indicators to monitor and report progress on the agenda.

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Co-facilitators Forward Consensus Text on Post-2015 Summit [viewed]

UNGA15 September 2014: The President of the 68th UN General Assembly, John Ashe, transferred the draft resolution on the Organization of the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda to the President of the 69th session, Sam Kutesa, for appropriate action. According to the co-facilitators for the organizational modalities for the summit, Robert Guba Aisi, Permanent Representative of Papua New Guinea, and Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark, the current draft constitutes the basis for a consensus.

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SOFI 2014 Recommends High-level Political Commitment to Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

The-State-of-Food-Insecurity-in-the-World16 September 2014: The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) hunger target, to halve the proportion of undernourished people in developing countries by 2015, is within reach, according to 'The State of Food Insecurity (SOFI) in the World 2014: Strengthening the enabling environment for food security and nutrition.' SOFI 2014 cautions, however, that food security remains a challenge, and calls for sustained, high-level political commitment to food security and nutrition to eradicate hunger.

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Governments Conclude Consultations on WCIP Outcome Document [viewed]

wcip15 September 2014: The draft outcome document of the forthcoming World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) commits participating Heads of State and Government to give "due consideration to all the rights of indigenous peoples" in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda. The draft outcome document is the result of consultations among UN Member States, chaired by Andrej Logar, Slovenia, and Marjon Kamara, Liberia, which concluded on 12 September 2014.

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ENVForum Proposes "10+1" Sustainable Development Indicators [viewed]

asia-europe-env-forumSeptember 2014: The Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVForum) published a report proposing sustainable development indicators (SDIs) to assess the status and monitor progress towards 11 proposed goals and sub-goals. Titled ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Indicators for a Small Planet: Part II: Measuring Sustainability,' the report is designed to act as a practical handbook for policy-makers involved in designing and implementing indicators for the SDGs.

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UNECE Espoo Convention on EIA Becomes Global Instrument [viewed]

UNECE27 August 2014: The Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context is now open for ratification to non-UNECE states, following the entry into force of an amendment, on 26 August 2014. The Convention entered into force in 1997 as a regional instrument under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) to: help countries develop national environmental impact assessment procedures; foster international cooperation to prevent, manage and mitigate adverse environmental impacts; and assist in developing national and international environmental law.

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Event: Fourth Global Green Growth Forum (3GF2014) [viewed]

The fourth Global Green Growth Forum (3GF2014) is being held on the theme 'Changing Production and Consumption Patterns through Transformative Action'. The Forum will bring together green growth leaders and decision makers to examine global trends and “big picture” issues, and to consider the new directions of the green growth agenda and what this entails for public and private actors. Participation is by personal invitation by the Prime Minister of Denmark.  

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Event: High-level event on "Delivering Zero Hunger - Demonstrating Impact" [viewed]

This event is co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Ireland, Mexico and the Netherlands, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP).  

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UNGA President Submits Draft Procedural Resolution on Technology Dialogues [viewed]

UNGA10 September 2014: UN General Assembly President John Ashe submitted for adoption by the 68th UNGA a resolution on the four structured dialogues on possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The draft procedural resolution resulted from the informal consultations co-facilitated by Paul Seger, Permanent Representative of Switzerland, and Guilherme de Aguiar Patriota, Deputy Permanent Representative of Brazil, on 9 September 2014, in New York, US.

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