Near East

IRENA Report Examines Renewables' Potential to Solve Water, Food and Energy Challenges [viewed]

IRENA21 January 2015: A report titled 'Renewable Energy in the Water, Energy and Food Nexus,' which was released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), finds that renewable energy has the potential to generate significant water savings, increase long-term food sustainability and bolster energy security. The report highlights how renewables help ease the trade-offs among the water, agricultural and energy sectors through heightened water conservation, availability, accessibility and quality.

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Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Calls for Ensuring Means of Implementation in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UNEP16 January 2015: Addressing the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt called for the post-2015 development agenda to be supported by “clear means of implementation (MOI) that can guarantee success.” Giving a special address to the CPR's 129th Session, Sameh Shoukry cautioned against agreements with commitments that cannot be implemented, and recommended a post-2015 process that completes the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and draws lessons learned from their implementation.

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World Bank Develops Framework for SDG Country-Level Implementation [viewed]

WorldbanklogoNovember 2014: The World Bank Group has reported on a framework for implementing the post-2015 development agenda at the country level. The framework is intended to evaluate implementation challenges in diverse national circumstances, and will be applied to ten countries in a series of case studies.

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g7+ Countries Promote ‘Fragile-to-Fragile' Partnerships [viewed]

G7PlusDecember 2014: The General Secretary of the g7+, Helder da Costa, announced that the grouping is promoting "fragile-to-fragile" (F2F) partnerships, among fragile and conflict-affected countries, in the areas of public finance management, natural resource management, and peace and reconciliation. He cited Timor-Leste's assistance to Guinea-Bissau on electoral registration efforts that resulted in fair and transparent elections in 2014, as an example of F2F partnerships.

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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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