Latin America & the Caribbean

ECOSOC Discusses Food Security and Post-2015 [viewed]

ECOSOC17 November 2014: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) discussed food security and the post-2015 development agenda at its final 2014 Coordination and Management Meeting. UN Member States had an interactive dialogue with Gerda Verburg, Chair of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), and discussed CFS' role in implementing the post-2015 development agenda.

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Governments Discuss Global Context for FfD, Public and Private Finance [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA13 November 2014: UN Member States have concluded a series of substantive informal sessions of the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD). Governments considered 'The Global Context', in a one-day discussion on 10 November 2014, followed by a three-day discussion on 'Mobilization and effective use of resources,' which addressed domestic public finance, international public finance, and private finance, on 11-13 November.

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World Toilet Day Links Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation [viewed]

World Toilet Day 201419 November 2014: World Toilet Day brought attention to the theme “Equality, Dignity and the Link Between Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation” and the issue of open defecation with the tagline #WeCantWait. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the “moral imperative to end open defecation and a duty to ensure women and girls are not at risk to assault and rape simply because they lack a sanitation facility.”

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G20 Addresses Growth, Energy, Climate Change, Trade and Ebola [viewed]

G20AUSTRALIA16 November 2014: Group of Twenty (G20) leaders have released a communiqué following the conclusion of the G20 Leaders Summit. The event drew approximately 4,000 delegates and 3,000 media representatives, and provided an opportunity for leaders to discuss global economic issues and use “their collective power to improve people's lives.” The communiqué outlines G20 policy discussions and commitments.

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UNGA Adopts Resolution on Samoa Pathway [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA14 November 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the 'SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway' (A/69/L.6), by consensus. The Samoa Pathway recognizes the adverse impacts of climate change and sea-level rise on SIDS' efforts to achieve sustainable development as well as to their survival and viability, and addresses economic development, food security, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ocean management, among other issues.

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Event: Special Session on Beijing+20 [viewed]

The 51st Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean will include a special session dedicated to Beijing+20, as part of the region's regional review process. Participants will consider progress and achievements on the Beijing Platform for Action, including in the context of commitments for the post-2015 development agenda. Participants will discuss a regional report on implementation of Beijing+20, prepared by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean's (ECLAC) Division for Gender Affairs. The report summarizes national reports on progress and challenges after the launch of the Beijing Platform. The recommendations of the meetings will contribute to the global review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). ECLAC and UN Women are organizing the session.  

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UN Regional Commissions Issue Joint Statement for Accelerated Sustainable Energy Transition [viewed]

unece-unescap-uneclac-uneca0escwa7 November 2014: At the Fifth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, the Executive Secretaries from the UN Regional Commissions signed a joint statement calling on their respective Member States to spur a faster transition to sustainable and fair energy. The statement focuses on three areas for improvement, namely, energy efficiency, renewable energy and access to modern energy services.

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Governments Conclude Initial Exchange of Views on Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

unga6910 November 2014: UN Member States convened for the second informal meeting of the plenary on the organization and modalities of intergovernmental negotiations and remaining issues related to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. The co-facilitators – David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, and Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya – expect to issue a “starting document” by the week of 17 November, covering the process, road map, and scope of work for intergovernmental negotiations.

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APEC Ministers Address Wildlife, Energy, Oceans and Disaster Management [viewed]

apec10 November 2014: The 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting released a Joint Statement addressing the advancement of economic integration; promotion of innovative development, economic reform and growth; and strengthened comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development, among other issues.

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IEAG Launches Report on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development [viewed]

data-recolution-group6 November 2014: The Independent Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development launched its final report, titled 'A World That Counts: Mobilizing The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development,' which will inform the UN Secretary General's synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda and the subsequent intergovernmental process.

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