Latin America & the Caribbean

UNEP Manual Provides Guidance on Valuing SIDS' Ecosystem Services [viewed]

UNEP Logo26 January 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a manual on calculating the value of ecosystems in small island developing States (SIDS), with the aim of supporting a transition to a green economy. The manual underscores the importance of accounting for the contribution of ecosystem services to human well-being in order to quantify and value these benefits.

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ILO Report Predicts Rising Unemployment, Widening Inequalities [viewed]

ILO22 January 2015: Inequalities are predicted to widen as a result of rising unemployment and a slowing global economy, according to the International Labour Organization's (ILO) ‘World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2015.' The report cautions that rising inequality undermines trust in governments and contributes to a high risk of social unrest, particularly in locations where youth unemployment is high.

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UNDG Releases Draft Consultation Report on Participatory Monitoring and Accountability [viewed]

The World We Want22 January 2015: “Marginalized persons and/or people living in poverty should be at the center and the owners of their own development processes with all other relevant actors accountable to them regarding progress on said development outcomes,” according to the draft report from the UN Development Group's (UNDG) Participatory Monitoring and Accountability Consultation. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Women, the co-facilitators of the post-2015 consultation, have released the draft report for comments.

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UNEP Identifies Innovations for Scaling up Sustainable Development Financing [viewed]

UNEP21 January 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled 'Pathways to Scale,' which identifies "critical innovations in the US$300+ trillion global financial system that can help bring together the historically separate agendas of financial reform and sustainable development." Drawing on country-level examples of financial market and institutional reforms, the report proposes a number of pathways towards 'closing the asset and investment gap' at national and higher levels.

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UNITAR Supports Municipalities in Post-2015 DRR [viewed]

Unitar13 January 2015: The UN Institute for Training and Research's (UNITAR) Decentralized Cooperation Programme together with the Municipality of Santa Tecla in El Salvador hosted a conference on ‘The Role of Municipalities in the Post-2015 Hyogo Framework for Action on Disaster Risk Reduction,' bringing together about 150 local government officials and municipal council members from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and the Dominican Republic to exchange best practices to plan for disasters and reduce risks.

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Stakeholders Address Preparatory Forum on Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

NGLS16 January 2015: In advance of the launch of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, the UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS), in cooperation with a Stakeholder Steering Committee, held a preparatory forum for major groups and other civil society stakeholders.

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ECOSOC, OHRLLS Take Stock of Second LLDCs Conference [viewed]

lldc2conference13 January 2015: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) (UN-OHRLLS) co-organized an informal stocktaking meeting on the Second UN Conference on the LLDCs that was held from 3-5 November 2014, in Vienna, Austria.

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South Africa Becomes G77 Chair [viewed]

G77logo8 January 2015: At a ceremony held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, the Group of 77 and China (G77/China) handed over the chairmanship of its group from the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the Republic of South Africa.

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World Bank Develops Framework for SDG Country-Level Implementation [viewed]

WorldbanklogoNovember 2014: The World Bank Group has reported on a framework for implementing the post-2015 development agenda at the country level. The framework is intended to evaluate implementation challenges in diverse national circumstances, and will be applied to ten countries in a series of case studies.

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ECOSOC Discusses Future of UN Development System [viewed]

ECOSOC15 December 2014: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held its first in a series of discussions on the long-term positioning of the UN Development System. The dialogue focused on the governance, evolution and priorities of the System, taking into account the post-2015 development agenda.

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