Europe

FfD Co-Facilitators Propose Road Map, Programme of Work [viewed]

unga6913 October 2014: The co-facilitators of the consultations on all issues relating to the Third UN Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) and its preparatory process issued a letter to Member States proposing a programme of work for informal consultations, and a road map detailing the preparatory process. The proposals will be discussed in an informal consultation on 17 October 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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Event: First Informal Meeting on Third International Conference on Financing for Development and its Preparatory Process [viewed]

The co-facilitators of consultations on the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) and its preparatory process, George Talbot (Guyana) and Geir Pedersen (Norway), will launch a series of substantive informal sessions with a first consultation aimed at setting the stage. Delegations will have the opportunity to provide their views on the rest of the road map and programme of work proposed in the co-facilitators' letter of 13 October, and on expectations of the Conference as a whole.  

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IRU, UNGC Symposium Explores Sustainable Transport in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

global-iru10 October 2014: The International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the UN Global Compact held a symposium to discuss the role of road transport in promoting sustainable growth, facilitating regional integration, improving safety and security, and reducing poverty. 'Sustainable Transport as a Driver of Economic Development in the Post-2015 Development Agenda' took place on 10 October 2014, in New York, US.

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UNECE Committee Approves Work on Sustainable Housing and Urban Development, Land Management [viewed]

Unece9 December 2014: The 75th session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) agreed on the text of the Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing and decided on new work regarding energy efficiency in housing, smart cities, urban planning and disaster risk reduction, social housing, preparations for the Third United Nations on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), and various issues in land administration and management.

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UNECE Agrees on Charter on Sustainable Housing [viewed]

UNECE8 October 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) has agreed on the text of a Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing. While technically nonbinding, the Charter represents a political commitment by the 56 UNECE Member States to address a wide variety of environmental, health and social issues associated with housing, and provides guidelines and benchmarks for monitoring progress. It also supports policies and actions, and encourages international cooperation at all levels. The text was agreed during the Committee's 75th session, held on 8-9 October 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Second Committee Hears Proposals on Streamlining Agenda [viewed]

unga699 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held a discussion on its working methods, in keeping with the mandate set out in UNGA resolution 68/307 on the revitalization of the Assembly.

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Event: 76th Session of UNECE CHLM [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) will hold its 76th session to review its work and discuss issues involving housing, land management and urban development, including standards for energy efficiency in housing, smart cities, and implementation of the Strategy for Sustainable Housing and Land Management in the ECE Region for the Period 2014-2020.  

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Event: Urban Future Global Conference [viewed]

The Organization for International Economic Relations (OiER) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) are co-sponsoring this conference, which seeks to provide mayors, urban planners, decision makers and policy makers with input for developing cities more sustainably. The Conference is organized around four core topics: smart mobility; smart energy; smart communications; and smart living and city planning.  

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Event: UNECE Sustainable Energy Week [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is organizing Sustainable Energy Week under the theme 'Energy for Sustainable Development: Trends and Milestones'. The three primary events of the week are the meetings of: the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (GEEE) on 17-18 November 2014; the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy (GERE) on 18-19 November; and the 23rd session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy (CSE), from 19-21 November. Among other agenda items, GEEE will: discuss and approve its draft work plan; consider such cross-cutting issues as sustainable housing, smart cities, industry and renewable energy; and hear the outcomes of the 5th International Forum: Energy for Development. GERE will, inter alia: discuss renewable energy best-practices; address renewable energy finance and investment; consider how a competitive market environment for renewables can be created; and approve a draft work plan. Highlights from the CSE session agenda include a high-level segment on 'Energy for Sustainable Development: Must Reality Conflict with Ambition?', a discussion on accelerating energy efficiency uptake, and a discussion on how renewables can optimize energy systems. A workshop on the UN Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009) classification of renewable energies will also take place during the Week.  

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OWG Co-Chairs Reflect on Sustainable Development [viewed]

OWG13 October 2014: At an event hosted by the Women's International Forum, the Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reflected on the OWG's work and its proposed goals and targets. Csaba Kőrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary, and Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, spoke of the possibility of a more sustainable future, in a discussion on the theme 'Humanity at a Crossroad: How to Shape a New Sustainable Development Trajectory.' The Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General sponsored the event, which took place on 13 October 2014, in New York, US.

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