Latin America & the Caribbean

TFM, Technology Assessment in Focus at Post-2015 Event [viewed]

post201522 April 2015: On the sidelines of the fourth session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, participants met for a discussion around 'Rethinking technology,' covering topics such as a technology facilitation mechanism (TFM) and technology assessment.

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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World [viewed]

ban_ki_moon_concert22 April 2015: In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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Seventh Summit of the Americas Addresses Climate, Energy Access, SDGs [viewed]

vii_cumbre_de_las_americas12 April 2015: The Seventh Summit of the Americas met under the theme, ‘Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas,' and discussed education, health, energy, environment, migration, security, citizen participation and democratic governance, among other topics. Addressing the Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the region's contribution to defining the post-2015 development agenda and to discussions on climate-related issues. He noted that Caribbean countries have played a particularly significant role in placing climate issues on the global agenda.

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ECLAC Countries Launch Consultations on LAC Forum on Sustainable Development [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo17 April 2015: Member States of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) launched a consultative process for the creation of a Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Forum on Sustainable Development, during an extraordinary session of ECLAC's Committee of the Whole.

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Negotiations Set to Begin on Principle 10 Instrument for LAC [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logoMarch 2015: The Negotiating Committee of the ‘Declaration on the application of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean' will commence its work this spring in order to negotiate a regional instrument for implementing the rights of access to environmental information, participation and justice as set out in Principle 10 of the 1992 Rio Declaration, according to a work plan agreed in March 2015.

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Event: First Meeting of Negotiating Committee of Declaration on Application of Principle 10 of Rio Declaration in Latin America and Caribbean [viewed]

This is the first in a series of meetings aimed at negotiating a regional instrument for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) for the full implementation of the rights of access to environmental information, participation and justice as set out in Principle 10 of the 1992 Rio Declaration. Negotiations will be based on a Preliminary Document of the Regional Instrument, and are mandated to conclude by 2016, per the Santiago Decision of November 2014. Just prior to this meeting, on 4 May, a civil society capacity-building workshop will convene so that the LAC region can better engage in intergovernmental processes related to sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda.  

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World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings Address Climate Change, FfD and Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

spring_201520 April 2015: At their annual Spring Meetings, the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) addressed a range of issues, from climate change, financing for development (FfD) and the post-2015 development agenda, to the Ebola crisis, job creation, fiscal stability, and fragility and conflict. On the sidelines of the Spring Meetings, the Development Committee held its 91st meeting.

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ECOSOC Begins Meeting with BWIs on Post-2015, FfD [viewed]

ECOSOC20 April 2015: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) began its annual special high-level meeting with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), with a focus on the theme of ‘Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of financing for sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda.' The meeting brought representatives of the Bretton Woods Institutions (BWIs) together with UN Member States to discuss post-2015 development and the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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Heads of MDBs Commit to “Do More” to Transform Development Finance, Achieve SDGs [viewed]

heads_of_mdbs16 April 2015: In a joint statement, the heads of the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) support a comprehensive approach to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while stating that the “resources needed to implement such an ambitious agenda far surpass current development financial flows.” The multilateral development banks (MDBs) note that they “could and should do more,” and state their willingness to generate needed financial resources and help the international community to achieve the SDGs' transformative vision.

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UNIDO Annual Report Highlights Recognition of ISID [viewed]

un_ido_2014_reportApril 2014: In its Annual Report, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) describes progress on implementing its mandate on inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID). The report highlights UNIDO's efforts to ensure the inclusion of the ISID concept in the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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