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UN Member States Pledge $650 Million for UN Development Work [viewed]

UN logo12 November 2014: Twenty-six UN Member States pledged approximately US$650 million for UN development work at the 2014 UN Pledging Conference. The amount represents an increase of $US72 million compared to pledges announced in 2014 as well as a significant increase in contributions from non-Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance (DAC) countries.

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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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UNEP, League of Arab States Cooperating on Environment [viewed]

unep-las10 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the League of Arab States (LAS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 51st Meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE). The MoU provides the basis for enhanced cooperation and coordination on a range of programmes and activities related to biodiversity, climate change, environmental governance, the green economy, post conflict assessments and recovery, sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and water resources.

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ITC, WTO Report Explores Constraints Faced by SMEs in LDCs [viewed]

itc-wto5 November 2014: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) need a sound business environment, access to finance, and institutional support to identify and take advantage of market opportunities, according to a report from the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC). The two organizations launched the report, titled 'SME Competitiveness and Aid for Trade: Connecting Developing Country SMES to Global Value Chains,' at the World Conference of Trade Promotion Organizations, which is taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Discussions Begin on Modalities, Substance of Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

unga694 November 2014: Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, and David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, convened the first informal meeting of the plenary on the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. After a second informal meeting on 10 November, the co-facilitators will be able to plan next steps in the process, Kamau said.

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UNDP Summit Promotes Innovation to Reduce Poverty, Inequality [viewed]

UNDP31 October 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) held a two-day conference in Bangkok, Thailand, on innovative approaches to reducing poverty and inequalities in the Asia-Pacific region. Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Asia-Pacific, said the conference aimed to accelerate the development of a sustainable future, and prepare for implementation of the post-2015 agenda through promoting innovative sources of financing and new types of partnerships.

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States Propose Features of HLPF Review Mechanism [viewed]

unga6927 October 2014: In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Permanent Representatives of Egypt, Liechtenstein, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland to the UN outline key characteristics for a review mechanism of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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UN, Development Bank Leaders Launch Horn of Africa Initiative on High-Level Visit [viewed]

wb.un27 October 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced a US$8 billion initiative to reduce poverty, boost economic growth and promote business activity across the Horn of Africa, during a visit to the region with global and regional leaders. The World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), Islamic Development Bank (IsDBG) and EU also made pledges to the Horn of Africa Initiative, which aims to enhance the regions's economic development and its food and water security, among other aims.

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Group of Seven States Urge Consideration of Post-2015 Review Mechanism [viewed]

unga69September 2014: The Permanent Representatives of Egypt, Liechtenstein, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland have called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to include a reference, in his forthcoming synthesis report, to the importance of a review mechanism for the post-2015 development agenda.

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Second Committee Debates Sustainable Development [viewed]

unga6916 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) considered agenda item 19 on Sustainable Development and its sub-items, on 15-16 October 2014, with Member States responding to UN system reports on related issues.

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