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UNGA Discusses Work of the Organization [viewed]

unga697 October 2014: In a UN General Assembly (UNGA) plenary meeting on the UN Secretary-General's annual report on the work of the Organization, Member States discussed the foundation and content of the post-2015 development agenda, and its connections to international peace and security. The meeting took place on 7 October 2014, in New York, US.

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Second Committee Hears Proposals on Streamlining Agenda [viewed]

unga699 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held a discussion on its working methods, in keeping with the mandate set out in UNGA resolution 68/307 on the revitalization of the Assembly.

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UNGA Second Committee Debates Priorities for 69th Session [viewed]

unga699 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its General Debate for the 69th Session, on 7-9 October 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Interventions addressed Member States' priorities and views on means of implementation (MOI) for the post-2015 development agenda, issues related to financing for development (FfD), the needs of countries in special situations, and upcoming UN conferences. The Committee will also consider macroeconomic policy questions, sustainable development, human settlements, globalization, operational activities for development, and technology this session, among other agenda items.

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HLP Members Call for Seven Actions for Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

HLP On22 September 2014: Members of the UN Secretary-General's former High-level Panel (HLP) of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda have issued an open letter on priorities for the upcoming negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. The letter, which is signed by 18 of the Panel's former 27 members, including two of its three Co-Chairs, recalls the recommendations of the HLP's final report, and offers seven important areas for action in the year ahead.

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Event: Mainstreaming Sector Policies into Integrated National Sustainable Development Planning: Enhancing Sustainable Tourism, Urbanization, Resource Efficiency, Biodiversity and Environmental Protection [viewed]

The UN Symposium on 'Mainstreaming Sector Policies into Integrated National Sustainable Development Planning: Enhancing Sustainable Tourism, Urbanization, Resource Efficiency, Biodiversity and Environmental Protection' will: address options, ways and means to promote sustainable tourism that is economically viable (for public and private investors), socially and economically beneficial (for employees and small-scale entrepreneurs), and environmentally benign (minimal environmental impacts, enhanced resource efficiency and biodiversity conservation); advocate and promote integrated policy decision-making related to sustainable urbanization and tourism at all levels, including the various concerned government departments and agencies and public, private and community stakeholders; propose recommendations of good practice (for project developers, planer, and financiers), in terms of integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development; exchange information, review and analyze trends in global and regional tourism demand, analyze demand projections and compare alternative approaches to marketing strategies; identify potential areas or projects for international cooperation and partnerships; and to document best practice examples for publication on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform hosted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The event will be co-hosted by the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran (ICHTO) and the Tehran Office of UN Development Programme (UNDP). It will be co-organized by DESA, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  

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OECD Development Co-operation Report Assesses Financing for Sustainable Development [viewed]

OECD_NEW7 October 2014: “There are many sources of financing available to eradicate poverty and spur sustainable growth,” argues the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)'s Development Co-operation Report 2014. The yearly report provides ideas and recommendations on how to mobilize necessary resources to tackle the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Florence Declaration Outlines Recommendations on Culture for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UNESCO4 October 2014: Participants adopted the Florence Declaration on the incorporation of culture in the post-2015 development agenda, at the Third World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries (FOCUS). The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), along with the Government of Italy, the Region of Tuscany and the Municipality of Florence, co-organized the Forum, which convened from 2-4 October 2014, in Florence, Italy.

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UNGA Side Event Discusses Women's Role in Post-Conflict Sustainable Development [viewed]

Croatia Flag26 September 2014: At an event organized by the Permanent Mission of Croatia, panelists shared their experiences addressing women's role in creating sustainable development in post-conflict societies. The event, titled 'Integrated Approach to Gender Dimension of Sustainable Development within the Context of Post-Conflict Recovery,' took place on the sidelines of the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate, on 26 September 2014, in New York, US.

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On Final Day, UNGA General Debate Addresses Post-2015 Agenda, SIDS and Oceans [viewed]

unga6930 September 2014: On the final day of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) 69th General Debate, speakers again addressed their countries priorities for the post-2015 development agenda as well as topics such as climate change, health and security. Closing the Debate on 30 September, UNGA President Sam Kutesa urged Member States to “make real and meaningful change in the livelihoods of humanity and the health of our planet.”

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UNGA General Debate 2014 Continues Focus on MDGs, Post-2015 Agenda, SIDS [viewed]

unga6929 September 2014: As the 69th UN General Assembly's (UNGA) General Debate entered its second week, speakers continued to reflect on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and outline their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda, including gender equality and women's empowerment, peace and security, and oceans. Small island developing States (SIDS) and landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) highlighted particular challenges and vulnerabilities, with some also addressing the challenge of graduation from least developed country (LDC) status.

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