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Senior Arctic Officials Prepare for Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

Arctic Council23 October 2014: The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and Heads of Delegation of Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met to assess overall progress toward the priorities set under the Canadian Chairmanship. SAO Chair, Vincent Rigby, noted that the productive meeting would yield a "rich set of recommendations" for the Arctic Council Ministers to consider. Notably, SAOs approved a report outlining concrete recommendations for reducing woodstove black carbon emissions.

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Co-Chairs Release Zero Draft of Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR21 October 2014: The Preparatory Committee of the Third UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction's (DRR) has issued the Zero Draft of the post-2015 framework, prepared by the Committee's Co-Chairs, Päivi Kairamo, Finland, and Thani Thongphakdi, Thailand. The Zero Draft, which builds on the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA), will be discussed at the PrepCom's Second Session, in November 2014. The final version is expected to be adopted at the March 2015 Conference.

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International Day Stresses Need to 'Leave No One Behind' [viewed]

poverty17 October 2014: The UN marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October 2014. UN Secretary-General issued a message highlighting the poor and vulnerable as "indispensable partners” in creating a world of dignity, opportunity and well-being, where no one is left behind, as “their knowledge and perspectives are vital in finding meaningful, durable solutions."

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LLDC PrepCom 2 Concludes, Consultations on Draft Outcome Continuing [viewed]

UN-OHRLLS22 October 2014: The second session of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Second UN Conference on the Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) concluded on 22 October 2014, in New York, US. The session, which was initially scheduled for 2-3 October 2014, resumed after being postponed on 2 October 2014, after the first day of discussions.

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Second Committee Debates Sustainable Development [viewed]

unga6916 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) considered agenda item 19 on Sustainable Development and its sub-items, on 15-16 October 2014, with Member States responding to UN system reports on related issues.

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Member States Start Preparations for 3rd FfD Conference, SG Announced [viewed]

unga6917 October 2014: UN Member States held their first substantive informal session of the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), on 17 October 2014, in New York, US. Delegations considered the proposed road map and annex circulated by the co-facilitators before the consultation, and exchanged general views on the Conference and related issues.

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Civil Society and Academics Issue Open Letters, Other Inputs on Post-2015 [viewed]

October 2014: Civil society organizations and academics have published new research and inputs to the post-2015 development agenda and reactions to the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Recent position papers and other documents discuss the importance of data, serve as open letters to the UN Secretary-General on specific issues, and examine the structural challenges of negotiating a new agenda.

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World Investment Forum Addresses SDG Financing Needs [viewed]

world.investmet.forum16 October 2014: Representatives of governments, the UN and businesses considered solutions for financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during their discussions at the World Investment Forum 2014. The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which organizes the annual Forum, has estimated that developing countries will face an annual investment gap of US$2.5 trillion over the lifetime of the SDGs (2016 to 2030), and public resources will not be able to meet the SDG-implied financial demands.

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UNGA President Appoints Co-Facilitators for Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

unga6917 October 2014: The President of the UN General Assembly informed UN Member States that he has appointed David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, and Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, as co-facilitators "to lead open, inclusive, and transparent consultations on the post-2015 development agenda, including the organization and modalities for the intergovernmental negotiations and the remaining issues related to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda."

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UN Celebrates 2014 World Food Day, FAO Releases State of Food and Agriculture Report [viewed]

FAO16 October 2014: International World Food Day 2014, celebrated on 16 October, focused on 'Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth.' The day, syncing with the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, featured statements, events, and reports from the UN system on the important role of family farmers.

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