Europe

Member States, Civil Society Discuss Post-2015 National Implementation [viewed]

un-foundation-mexico-denmark-savechildren30 June 2015: UN Member States and civil society discussed challenges and insights in the national implementation of the post-2015 development agenda, at a side event co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of Denmark, the Permanent Mission of Mexico, Save the Children, and the UN Foundation, during the third session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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World Bank's 2015 Little Green Data Book Highlights Costs of Air Pollution [viewed]

World Bank16 June 2015: The World Bank released the 2015 edition of the 'Little Green Data Book,' its annual compilation of environment data. The latest edition includes new indicators for measuring air pollution, and demonstrates that it represents a significant cost to the economy and a risk to sustainability, which should be addressed by public health policy and national planning.

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Annual Contributions to UNFPA Exceed US$1 Billion in 2014 [viewed]

Unfpalogo2 June 2015: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) reported its highest-ever level of donor contributions in 2014, exceeding US$1 billion, in the context of stronger engagement with non-traditional donors such as the World Bank, the Global Fund and the Global Vaccine Alliance. The Fund's 2014 annual report, 'A Year of Renewal,' provides a breakdown of spending by region and by purpose, showing that over half of UNFPA's resources, US$501.2 million, was directed to promoting access to sexual and reproductive health services.

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Event: Europe and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Shaping Effective Follow-up, Review and Accountability Mechanisms [viewed]

This event will discuss elements of effective follow-up, review and accountability mechanisms for the post-2015 development agenda and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a focus on natural resource management. The event is expected to address questions related to: current mechanisms for follow up, review and accountability on the SDGs; Europe's role in such mechanisms; and ways to strengthen national implementation and review within Europe. The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Spain and SDSN Germany are organizing the event.  

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France, Peru Issue Call for Action on Climate Change and Decent Work [viewed]

france-peru26 June 2015: François Rebsamen, Minister of Labor, Employment, Vocational Training and Social Dialogue, France, and Luis Enrique Chávez Basagoitia, Permanent Representative of Peru to the UN in Geneva, signed a Joint Call on Climate Change and Decent Work. The Joint Call encourages Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to better integrate decent work dimensions into the fight against climate change, both in negotiations towards a new climate agreement, and in formulating and implementing national policies.

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Discussions Begin on Ensuring Success of SDG 14 [viewed]

fiji-goc-palau23 June 2015: Participants discussed progress in addressing ocean conservation, management and governance at a side event highlighting the upcoming Triennial Oceans and Seas Global Conferences. Speakers noted achievements in oceans governance, such as the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) recommendation to launch negotiations for a new implementing agreement under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the proposal by the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of a stand-alone goal to Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development (SDG 14).

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Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries Endorses SE4All Decade [viewed]

s4all0cplp-aler26 June 2015: The Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) underscored the importance of energy in the post-2015 development agenda and endorsed the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) following its first ministerial meeting on energy. In the launch statement, ministers decided to encourage sustainable and inclusive development of the energy sector in the CPLP countries in order to enhance energy security and guarantee a minimum level of access to sustainable energy services in the entire community.

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IFAD Calls for Leveraging Migrant Remittances to Promote Rural Development [viewed]

IFAD15 June 2015: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) published a report on remittances from migrant workers based in Europe, calling for measures to ensure that the money helps families in developing countries build a better future. Titled ‘Sending Money Home: European flows and markets,' the report recommends measures to increase the financial resilience of remittance recipients, such as improving access to associated financial services, and lowering the transaction costs of financial transfers, which they estimate could free up around US$34 billion for development in rural areas.

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Montpellier Declaration Urges Coordinated Action on Climate Change, Land Degradation [viewed]

desertifactions13 June 2015: More than 300 participants from 57 countries attending Désertif'actions 2015 (D'a15) - an international civil society forum on combating desertification and land degradation - adopted the Montpellier Declaration, highlighting the “undeniable link” between land degradation, sustainable development and international stability, “in a context of present and future impacts of global warming.”

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Under Time Pressure, FfD 3 Negotiators Grapple with Tax Matters, Political Issues [viewed]

ffd3-21jun22 June 2015: The third drafting session of the outcome document of the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) took place throughout the week of 15 June, and continued through the weekend, with the next plenary session expected to take place on Monday afternoon, 22 June. In the course of plenary sessions and smaller, informal formats, delegations considered three versions of the draft Addis Ababa Accord. Key persistent differences included tax matters and "political issues."

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