Near East

UNSG Says “Stars Are Aligned” for Historic Action in 2015 [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw17 December 2014: “The stars are aligned” for the international community to take historic action on climate, sustainable development and financing in 2015, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he reviewed the challenges and achievements of 2014. He called the Lima session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the “most encouraging” climate negotiations so far, and urged a high level of ambition in forging a new global agenda for development and securing a climate change agreement in 2015.

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UNGA President Releases Concept Note on Crime Prevention, Sustainable Development [viewed]

unga6910 December 2014: The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a concept note for the high-level thematic debate on ‘Integrating Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.' The note describes the debate's scope, objectives, format and expected outcome, and provided background information on the relationship between crime prevention and sustainable development, including its consideration in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda.

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Event: Ministerial Meeting of Asia-Pacific LDCs on Graduation and Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

The Government of Nepal and the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) are convening this meeting in Kathmandu to promote the graduation of countries from Least Developed Country (LDC) status. The meeting will discuss mainstreaming graduation aims into development cooperation strategies, and linking these to the post-2015 development framework and the mid-term review of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) adopted at the Fourth UN Conference on LDCs in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2011. The meeting documentation includes country profiles of Asia-Pacific LDCs: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Kiribati, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Nepal, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Yemen.  

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Event: UNGA High-level Thematic Debate on Strengthening Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-regional Organizations [viewed]

The President of the 69th UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, will convene this High-level Thematic Debate.  

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Global Humanitarian Appeal Outlines 2015 Priorities [viewed]

UNOCHA8 December 2014: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) launched its annual appeal for humanitarian funds, following on its Third Global Humanitarian Policy Forum, which discussed improving connections among humanitarian actors and ensuring a concerted, people-centered crisis response.

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UNGA Discussion Highlights Lack of Agreement on "Family" in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

unga693 December 2014: UN Member States exchanged differing views on the definition of "family," with many supporting its inclusion in the post-2015 development agenda, in a UN General Assembly (UNGA) discussion on the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family.

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Post-2015 Consultation Recommends Actions for Civil Society Partnerships [viewed]

The World We Want4 December 2014: The UN Development Group (UNDG) has released a summary report of its high-level global meeting on ‘Partnerships with Civil Society.' The meeting served as the culmination of eight national consultations and an e-discussion on the topic, and addressed how civil society can inform the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda, engage in its implementation and help to enhance national policy formulation.

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Member States Debate Working Methods, Scope and Timing of Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

Post 2015 Process3 December 2014: UN Member States convened for an informal plenary meeting on “the organization and modalities for intergovernmental negotiations and remaining issues related to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.” Governments responded to the co-facilitators' “food for thought” paper of 17 November 2014, which had been issued following the consultations of 4 and 10 November. Member States are expected to meet again next week to discuss a new calendar of eight negotiating dates, circulated by the co-facilitators at the end of the session.

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Arab Youth Offer Input on Sustainable Urbanization [viewed]

Unhabitat1 December 2014: Youth participants supported the inclusion of an urban Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) in the post-2015 development agenda at the Sixth International Conference on Informal Urbanism. The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), which organized the session, brought together youth from the Arab region to discuss challenges related to integrated, inclusive and sustainable urbanization during a special session at the conference.

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FAO Highlights Lessons from 13 Countries Achieving MDG Hunger Target [viewed]

FAO1 December 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) recognized 13 countries for their outstanding progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) hunger target to halve the proportion of hungry people by 2015. A total of 63 developing countries have reached the MDG target, with six more expected to reach it by 2015.

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