Latin America & the Caribbean

Event: IV Regular Meeting of the Inter-American Committee on Sustainable Development [viewed]

The Inter-American Committee on Sustainable Development (CIDS) of the Organization of American States' (OAS) Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) will: examine a Secretariat report on the implementation of the 2010-2014 phase of the Inter-American Program for Sustainable Development (PIDS); discuss the proposed strategic areas of action for a post-2015 PIDS that take into account the work in the UN on the post-2015 development agenda; and adopt decisions necessary for conducting a PIDS review and update, with a view to approval of the post-2015 PIDS at the III Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High Level Authorities on Sustainable Development, scheduled for October 2015 in Honduras. The PIDS establishes the OAS priorities and policy guidelines with respect to sustainable development and environment, covering strategic areas of action such as sustainable agriculture, climate change adaptation, water resources, natural hazards risk management, and promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The original PIDS was approved by the I Meeting of Ministers and High Level Authorities for Sustainable Development in 2006, extended by the II Meeting in 2010 until 2014, and further extended through December 2015 by the OAS General Assembly in June 2014.  

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Event: Advancing Public Participation for Sustainable Development in Central America and the Dominican Republic [viewed]

This dialogue hosted by the Organization of American States (OAS) will present a series of manuals on public participation in the area of sustainable development. The manuals, prepared by OAS, detail step-by-step procedures, mechanisms and opportunities that national legislation provides the citizens of the seven Central American countries (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama) and the Dominican Republic, and discuss progress on access rights in the context of sustainable development in the eight countries.  

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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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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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EMG Reports on Green Economy Knowledge Products [viewed]

emgSeptember 2014: The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) has published a ‘Stocktaking Report on Green Economy Knowledge Products by UN Agencies and Partners,' which compiles toolkits, best practices, lessons learned and assessment methodologies that support learning and capacity building on green economy.

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Third BioTrade Congress Discusses Sustainable Business, Nagoya Protocol [viewed]

unctad.cbd12 October 2014: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) organized its third BioTrade Congress under the theme, 'Promoting Sustainable use through Business Engagement.' The Congress sought to identify tools for fostering the sustainable use and sourcing of biodiversity-based products and services, and highlighted best practices and offered recommendations for activities in a range of industries, including cosmetics, traditional medicine, fashion design and tourism.

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UNGA Second Committee Debates Priorities for 69th Session [viewed]

unga699 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its General Debate for the 69th Session, on 7-9 October 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Interventions addressed Member States' priorities and views on means of implementation (MOI) for the post-2015 development agenda, issues related to financing for development (FfD), the needs of countries in special situations, and upcoming UN conferences. The Committee will also consider macroeconomic policy questions, sustainable development, human settlements, globalization, operational activities for development, and technology this session, among other agenda items.

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HLP Members Call for Seven Actions for Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

HLP On22 September 2014: Members of the UN Secretary-General's former High-level Panel (HLP) of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda have issued an open letter on priorities for the upcoming negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. The letter, which is signed by 18 of the Panel's former 27 members, including two of its three Co-Chairs, recalls the recommendations of the HLP's final report, and offers seven important areas for action in the year ahead.

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Event: 2014 APEC Economic Leaders' Week [viewed]

The 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Week, hosted by China, will take place in Beijing from 5-11 November, and will include several high-level and other meetings, convened under the theme 'Shaping the Future through Asia-Pacific Partnership'. Key events taking place during the week are: the Concluding Senior Officials' Meeting (CSOM), from 5-6 November; the 26th APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM), from 7-8 November; and the 22nd APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting (AELM), from 10-11 November. Other events hosted during the week include: the APEC CEO Summit, from 8-10 November; APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Dialogue with Leaders; and Leaders' spouse programs. The Leaders' Week will also mark the culmination of the 2014 APEC China Year. APEC's 21 member economies are: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the US and Viet Nam.  

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