Latin America & the Caribbean

Post-2015 Negotiations Take up Indicator Framework [viewed]

post_2015_negotiations23 March 2015: Opening the third session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda to a full room and gallery, Co-Facilitator Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, suggested that the process is attracting greater interest, and said “we have real traction” on creating the post-2015 development agenda.

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UN Marks International Day of Forests with Special Session [viewed]

international_forests_day_21_march21 March 2015: The UN celebrated the annual International Day of Forests on 21 March with a special event at Headquarters in New York, US. The theme of the celebration, 'Create a Climate Smart Future,' focused on the intersection of forests with resilience, adaptation, mitigation and the global climate and development discussions.

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LAC Holds Regional Forum on Sustainable Development [viewed]

ECLAC20 March 2015: At a two-day meeting of countries from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), the LAC Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) discussed the post-2015 development agenda and financing for development (FfD), among other issues. The LAC meeting was the first in the series of RFSDs taking place until May 2015 to discuss sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda.

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WAVES Announces NCA Capacity-Building Project in Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco [viewed]

waves12 March 2015: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has announced the recent launch of a one-year research project to complement existing initiatives in natural capital accounting (NCA) in Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco. WAVES also held its first Knowledge Exchange Workshop on Ecosystem Accounting in the Philippines from 23-27 February 2015, and is supporting an ecosystem accounts update in Guatemala.

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UNU-INWEH Report Discusses Sustainable Development in Water Sector [viewed]

unu-inwehMarch 2015: It is possible to close "the gap between promise and practice" in management global water resources, with enabling environments to finance and implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a report by the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) and the UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). The report explores the role that water, including sanitation and wastewater management, plays in sustainable development, discusses "disconnects" between the proposed SDGs and national development plans, and highlights opportunities for achieving sustainable development through water management.

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Workshop Considers SDG 6 on Water and Sanitation [viewed]

advancing_water_and_sustainable_development25 February 2015: A capacity-building workshop on advancing water and sustainable development brought together policy makers and national practitioners from 20 developing countries and countries in transition in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. Discussions addressed the proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on "ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all," seeking to enhance capacity toward integrating water and sustainable development into developing countries' national development strategies.

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Regional Commissions Present Findings on Beijing Implementation [viewed]

CSW5912 March 2015: The five UN regional commissions discussed priority areas for advancing gender equality and women's empowerment during the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59).

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Event: Regional Forum on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

The Regional Sustainable Development Forum of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will take place in connection with the Commission's Committee of the Whole. Topics to be discussed include: the post-2015 development agenda: synergies between regional and global processes; and the role of the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development and its linkages with the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF). The meeting will also provide an overview of sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean, including on: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and national planning mechanisms; the measurement challenge; and means of implementation (information, participation, financing and technology).  

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LAC Starts Series of Regional Consultations on FfD [viewed]

ECLAC14 March 2015: The Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Regional Consultation on Financing for Development (FfD) brought together authorities, ministers and senior UN representatives, many of whom agreed that rethinking the international financial architecture and ensuring that inclusion is at the center of the new post-2015 development agenda are critical. Participants also discussed progress on the outcome of the Third International Conference on FfD in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in July 2015.

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UNDP Fund Supporting Transition from MDGs to SDGs in 18 Countries [viewed]

UNDP11 March 2015: In a UN Development Programme (UNDP) blog, the director of UNDP's Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F) highlights the Fund's efforts to ensure a smooth transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the SDGs. The SDG-F serves as a development cooperation mechanism, building on the MDG Achievement Fund while expanding the focus on sustainable development and public-private partnerships, and incorporating discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, according to UNDP.

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