Europe

Consultation Addresses HLPF, Sustainable Development Governance [viewed]

hlpf27 March 2015: Participants discussed ways to advance an ambitious, effective, inclusive and strengthened High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF), at an event organized by the SD2015 multi-stakeholder programme, with the support of the Governments of Finland and Switzerland, on the sidelines of the third session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.

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OECD Report Presents New Approach to Monitoring Fragility for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

OECD26 March 2015: Addressing fragility in the post-2015 development agenda is critical to eradicate poverty, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) 2015 report on fragility. ‘States of Fragility 2015: Meeting Post-2015 Ambitions' analyzes countries' development risks and resilience in the context of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and discusses the implications of a universal approach to monitoring fragility.

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Panel Identifies Priorities for Oceans SDG [viewed]

ocean_sdg24 March 2015: The Permanent Mission of Fiji, Permanent Mission of Sweden and the Global Ocean Commission (GOC) held a panel discussion on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on oceans, seas and marine resources, and the importance of these resources' in the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNECE Consultation Considers Ways to Unlock Financing for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNECE23 March 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Regional UN Development Group for Europe and Central Asia held a regional consultation to discuss financing for development, with a focus on strategies and instruments in the UNECE region to promote resource mobilization for sustainable development and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. The outcome will be included in a Chair's Summary, as an input to the intergovernmental negotiations ahead of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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ILO High-level Segment Addresses UN Fit for Purpose, Decent Work for All [viewed]

ILO23 March 2015: Amina Mohammed, UN Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, and Faruk Celik, Minister of Work and Social Security, Turkey, discussed the post-2015 development agenda and the Group of 20 (G20) priorities during a high-level segment of the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Governing Body. The discussion addressed, inter alia: the importance of decent work for all; a UN fit for purpose; and next steps in implementing the post-2015 agenda.

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IEA-sponsored Workshop Explores Sustainable Urban Energy Systems [viewed]

IEA17 March 2015: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and Efficient District Heating and Cooling (DHC) Working Group have co-hosted a Sustainable Urban Energy Systems Workshop, focused on the creation of a more sustainable, flexible and integrated energy system.

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Post-2015 Negotiations Take up Indicator Framework [viewed]

post_2015_negotiations23 March 2015: Opening the third session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda to a full room and gallery, Co-Facilitator Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, suggested that the process is attracting greater interest, and said “we have real traction” on creating the post-2015 development agenda.

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UN Marks International Day of Forests with Special Session [viewed]

international_forests_day_21_march21 March 2015: The UN celebrated the annual International Day of Forests on 21 March with a special event at Headquarters in New York, US. The theme of the celebration, 'Create a Climate Smart Future,' focused on the intersection of forests with resilience, adaptation, mitigation and the global climate and development discussions.

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Germany Announces Increase in Development Budget [viewed]

germany18 March 2015: The German Federal Cabinet agreed to increase its development budget by 13.2% to €7.4 billion, in addition to the already committed €7.5 billion, according to an announcement from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The funds will be used to: support environmental and natural resource protection, including the promotion of environmental and social standards in global supply chains; strengthen health systems, particularly immunization programs for children; tackle hunger; and address refugee crises, among other programmes.

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UNEP 'Our Planet' 2015 Focuses on SDGs [viewed]

UNEPMarch 2015: An integrated, universal approach to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda is essential, according to the 2015 issue of ‘Our Planet,' a publication from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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