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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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Side Event Highlights Data in SDG Implementation [viewed]

SDG Implementation21 November 2014: Governments and stakeholders discussed data and development at a panel discussion organized by the Netherlands' Mission to the UN, the UN Foundation, and Leiden University. 'Data for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Monitoring Post-2015 Progress and Implementation' featured an expert discussion of data's importance in monitoring the post-2015 development agenda, and potential pitfalls of data collection.

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UN Highlights ISID on Africa Industrialization Day [viewed]

UN logo20 November 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) and the Office of the Permanent Observer of the African Union (AU) hosted a High-level panel discussion on 'Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID): African Agro Industry for Food Security' to commemorate Africa Industrialization Day 2014.

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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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UNEG Chair Highlights Need for Evaluation in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UN20 November 2014: UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) Chair, Deborah Rugg, outlined the importance of evaluation in the post-2015 development agenda during a presentation at the 17th Network Meeting of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC). Rugg described evaluation as a bridge that can connect monitoring and accountability at global, regional, national and local levels, and highlighted a UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on national evaluation capacity development.

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Governments Discuss Global Context for FfD, Public and Private Finance [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA13 November 2014: UN Member States have concluded a series of substantive informal sessions of the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD). Governments considered 'The Global Context', in a one-day discussion on 10 November 2014, followed by a three-day discussion on 'Mobilization and effective use of resources,' which addressed domestic public finance, international public finance, and private finance, on 11-13 November.

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G20 Addresses Growth, Energy, Climate Change, Trade and Ebola [viewed]

G20AUSTRALIA16 November 2014: Group of Twenty (G20) leaders have released a communiqué following the conclusion of the G20 Leaders Summit. The event drew approximately 4,000 delegates and 3,000 media representatives, and provided an opportunity for leaders to discuss global economic issues and use “their collective power to improve people's lives.” The communiqué outlines G20 policy discussions and commitments.

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FAO 'Pocketbook' Highlights Environment, Food Security, Nutrition Links [viewed]

FAO17 November 2014: The world produces more food than it needs, leaving deep resource footprints in terms of carbon emissions, environmental degradation and land and water use, yet it is off track in achieving the World Food Summit (WFS) target of reducing the number of hungry people by 2015, according to ‘Food and Nutrition in Numbers.' The publication from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) provides a "pocketbook" compendium on the global state of nutrition.

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Symposium Reflects on OWG, Identifies Science Needs for SDGs [viewed]

iges-post201515 November 2014: At a symposium on ‘Science and the Sustainable Development Goals,' Csaba Kőrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN and Co-Chair of the Open Working Group on SDGs, and Mark Stafford Smith, Chair of Future Earth Science Committee, Science Director of Climate Adaptation Flagship at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), reflected on the proposed SDGs, and outlined ways for scientists to help shape the goal set going forward.

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Australia, Finland and Switzerland Elected to ECOSOC [viewed]

ECOSOC10 November 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) elected Australia, Finland and Switzerland to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in a single secret ballot. The new members will fill the unexpired terms of office of Canada, Denmark and New Zealand. All will begin their terms of office on 1 January 2015, with Australia's term lasting one year, and Finland and Switzerland's term ending in two years, on 31 December 2016.

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