Near East

Member States Seek to "Break with the Past" in Post-2015 Declaration [viewed]

photo_post2015_in220 February 2015: The second session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda focused on the declaration component of the outcome that will be adopted at the Summit of Heads of State and Government on the post-2015 development agenda in September 2015. A summary of the discussion will be produced by the Secretariat, for reference, while the “discussion document” circulated and discussed during the meeting remains “a document without status” but will assist in creating the zero draft of the Summit outcome, according to the Co-Facilitators.

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UNIDO, DCSE Promote Sustainable Energy Policies in the Arab Region [viewed]

unido-dcse27 January 2015: The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote industrial energy efficiency and renewable energy policies, technologies and solutions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Arab region. The collaboration is expected to support the achievement of national and global commitments under the post-2015 development agenda by building regional capacity and addressing existing barriers to creating sustainable energy markets.

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UN Secretary-General Highlights Global Governance for Tackling Poverty, Climate Change [viewed]

United Nations9 February 2015: The success of plans to end poverty and avert the worst impacts of climate change “will depend on accountable and transparent governments that engage people in decisions affecting them,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his opening remarks at the 2015 Government Summit. Ban called for a new model of global governance “that is ready for the future, accountable, transparent, inclusive and participatory.”

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Debt Restructuring Committee Begins Work [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA5 February 2014: UN Member States, international organizations and financial institutions recently took part in the first working session of the UN Ad Hoc Committee on sovereign debt restructuring processes. Discussions addressed gaps in the current restructuring system, the resolution of economic disputes in the current international system, and several options for moving forward. The Committee was established pursuant to UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 69/247 of 29 December 2014. It will convene three sessions in 2015 to work on a draft resolution for consideration by UNGA 69.

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Event: High-Level Policy Dialogue on Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action on LDCs [viewed]

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in collaboration with the Government of Cambodia, is organising this dialogue for ministers and senior officials from 12 Asia-Pacific LDCs, plus Yemen. Policy makers will discuss implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) on LDCs for the period 2011-2020. The meeting will adopt a draft outcome document to be presented to the Special Body on LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS) at ESCAP's 71st session, for consideration as the basis for the regional mid-term review of the IPoA.  

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World Wetlands Day Celebrates "Wetlands For Our Future" [viewed]

Ramsar2 February 2015: The annual World Wetlands Day was celebrated on 2 February 2015, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971 in Ramsar, Iran, and helping to raise public awareness of the value and importance of wetlands. Held under the theme ‘Wetlands for our future,' it sought to highlight the many ways in which we can all contribute to their conservation and restoration.

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Arab States Adopt Regional Recommendations on Education in Times of Conflict [viewed]

UNESCO29 January 2015: Education ministers in the Arab region have agreed to build effective channels for regional cooperation and called for education provision in conflict-affected countries. The agreement was reached during a conference on education in the post-2015 era, and was incorporated into the 'Sharm El Sheikh Statement.'

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Event: ESCWA High-level Regional Conference on Beijing+20 [viewed]

This conference will bring together senior government officials, policymakers and others from the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) region to review progress and remaining challenges in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (Beijing+20) and to reaffirm Arab States' commitments to the principles of the Beijing Declaration. Participants will also review the ‘Arab Regional Synthesis Report on the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the Arab Region after 20 Years,' which was prepared based on national reports from 21 Arab countries. Recommendations from the conference will serve as an input to the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59), in March 2015. ESCWA and UN Women are organizing the conference as part of a series of regional consultations on the Beijing+20 Review. The League of Arab States and the UN Population Fund's (UNFPA) Arab Regional Office are also contributing to the conference's organization.  

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Member States Conclude First Drafting Session on FfD [viewed]

First Drafting Session on FfD30 January 2015: As part of preparations for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), UN Member States conducted the first of three drafting sessions on the Conference outcome document. The session was devoted to discussing elements of the eventual outcome document, in response to the 'Elements Paper' circulated by the co-facilitators, Geir Pedersen of Norway and George Talbot of Guyana. The Co-Facilitators announced that they will prepare a zero draft for circulation by the end of February, before the second drafting session, in April 2015.

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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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