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G7 Foreign Ministers Identify Climate Change, Fragility as Priority [viewed]

G7 Germany15 April 2015: The G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting convened within the framework of Germany's G7 Presidency to address pressing international issues that impact global peace and security. The meeting resulted in the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting Communiqué, in which the Ministers describe climate change as one of the most serious challenges the world faces, threatening the environment, global security and economic prosperity, and potentially reversing progress made in tackling poverty.

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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: 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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Experts Discuss Multi-Stakeholder Assessments for Post-2015 Development, FfD [viewed]

ffd14 April 2015: At a side event to the second drafting session on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3), panelists discussed how evidence-based, inclusive, and integrated policy planning efforts might be used as a means of implementation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the post-2015 development agenda.. The event brought together civil society, UN system, and Member State institutions interested to learn about such assessments.

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Member States Start Discussions on FfD 3 Zero Draft [viewed]

iisdrs_coverage_fds213 April 2015: Opening the second drafting session on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3), Co-Facilitator George Talbot, Permanent Representative of Guyana, said “today negotiations begin in earnest; we are embarked on a long road in a very tight time capsule.” The session will focus on a full reading of the zero draft of the FfD 3 outcome document – the ‘Addis Ababa Accord' - which was released on 16 March. The Co-Facilitators indicated that intersessional meetings will be required before the third drafting session, in order to bring a "clean text" to the Conference.

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GMR 2015: Despite Progress, World Will Not Achieve Education for All Goals [viewed]

report_education_for_all9 April 2015: The world has made progress toward Education for All (EFA) and the six education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but will not achieve the MDG education agenda, according to the findings of the 2015 EFA Global Monitoring Report, produced by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and launched on 9 April 2015.

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Event: Annual Commonwealth and Francophonie Dialogue with the G20 [viewed]

During the 2015 Annual Commonwealth and Francophonie Dialogue with the Group of 20 (G20), representatives will discuss: development priorities and actions during Turkey's 2015 G20 Presidency; inputs from Commonwealth and Francophonie developing countries on their development priorities and how the G20 could address them; delivering inclusive global value chains; domestic revenue mobilization and Base Erosion Profit Shifting; and maximizing the flow and reducing the costs of remittances. The Dialogue will be convened by the Secretariat of the Commonwealth, Secretariat of La Francophonie, and Turkey, as G20 President and Chair of the G20 Development Working Group (DWG).  

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ICP-16 Expresses Support for Oceans SDG, Discusses Integration of Sustainable Development [viewed]

ICP_16_iisdrs_coverage10 April 2015: The 16th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-16) discussed proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 on oceans and seas and its implementation, and reflected on the utility of the Consultative Process in the evolution of the international oceans agenda. ICP-16 resulted in a Co-Chairs' summary of discussions.

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Civil Society Brings Input to FfD 3 Hearing [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA9 April 2015: UN Member States and representatives of civil society organisations discussed issues related to the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) at an informal interactive hearing as part of the preparatory process for the conference. The substantive informal session took place on 9 April 2015 in New York, US.

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Race for Water Odyssey, UNEP Event Spotlight Marine Litter [viewed]

unep_race 9 April 2015: Crew members of the 'Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO),' an expedition that is conducting the first global assessment of plastic pollution in the ocean, participated in a series of outreach events on marine litter in New York, the US, a stopover after crossing the Atlantic. These events included a plenary session on the Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML), which highlighted the need to clean up beaches, seas and oceans while also preventing new plastics and micro-plastics from entering the marine environment.

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