Near East

Global Soil Week Side Event Discusses Benefits of Sustainable Rangeland Management [viewed]

eld-iucn-fao22 April 2015: A side event convened by partner organizations involved in the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative (ELD) at the 3rd Global Soil Week reviewed preliminary economic valuations conducted in Mali, Jordan and Sudan that quantified the economic costs and benefits of ecosystem services derived from implementing sustainable management practices such as agroforestry, restoration and planned grazing management at the landscape level.

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Event: 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice [viewed]

The 13th UN Crime Congress will convene under the theme ‘Integrating crime prevention and criminal justice into the wider UN agenda to address social and economic challenges and to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels, and public participation.' Participants will discuss: the links between crime prevention, security, justice and sustainable development; successes and challenges in implementation of policies and strategies for preventing crime and criminal justice in order to strengthen the rule of law and support sustainable development; international cooperation to prevent, combat and respond to transnational organized crime; and national approaches to public participation in strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice. The event will also feature side events, including on wildlife and forest crime. The Congress is expected to adopt the ‘Doha Declaration,' which will contain recommendations for the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in May 2015.  

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Member States Start Discussions on FfD 3 Zero Draft [viewed]

iisdrs_coverage_fds213 April 2015: Opening the second drafting session on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3), Co-Facilitator George Talbot, Permanent Representative of Guyana, said “today negotiations begin in earnest; we are embarked on a long road in a very tight time capsule.” The session will focus on a full reading of the zero draft of the FfD 3 outcome document – the ‘Addis Ababa Accord' - which was released on 16 March. The Co-Facilitators indicated that intersessional meetings will be required before the third drafting session, in order to bring a "clean text" to the Conference.

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ECOSOC Hosts Integration Segment on Employment and Decent Work [viewed]

ECOSOC1 April 2015: The 2015 Integration Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) addressed the theme of 'Achieving sustainable development through employment creation and decent work for all.' Bringing together leaders from the public and private sectors, in dialogue with UN Member States and civil society representatives, the Segment examined policy recommendations for decent work and employment, and how these issues fit in with ongoing discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and other UN processes.

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Workshop Considers SDG 6 on Water and Sanitation [viewed]

advancing_water_and_sustainable_development25 February 2015: A capacity-building workshop on advancing water and sustainable development brought together policy makers and national practitioners from 20 developing countries and countries in transition in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. Discussions addressed the proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on "ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all," seeking to enhance capacity toward integrating water and sustainable development into developing countries' national development strategies.

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Event: ESCWA Second Session of the Arab High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development (AFSD) [viewed]

Jointly organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in cooperation with the League of Arab States (LAS), this meeting seeks to support Arab regional preparations for the third session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), to be held in New York in June-July 2015. It also aims to contribute to the elaboration of the regional input to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3), which will be held in Addis Ababa in July 2015. The Forum will take stock of, exchange views and harmonize regional positions on the progress of negotiations relating to the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and will discuss developments in the drafting of the outcome document of the FfD 3. In particular, the Forum will provide a multi-stakeholder platform for: exchanging perspectives regarding the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the SDGs; reviewing status and trends of sustainable development in the Arab Region over the past two decades; developing a comprehensive regional approach to the mobilization of financial resources to achieve sustainable development in the region; gathering inputs on means of building effective institutions for sustainable development at the national and regional levels, and developing strategic development planning systems that mainstream sustainable development; and identifying means for advancing implementation of the SDGs in the region and building national capacities in monitoring and evaluation.  

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Event: ESCWA Regional Consultation on Financing for Development [viewed]

The Western Asia regional consultation on Financing for Development (FfD) will take place on 7-8 April 2015, in Amman, Jordan.  

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Regional Commissions Present Findings on Beijing Implementation [viewed]

CSW5912 March 2015: The five UN regional commissions discussed priority areas for advancing gender equality and women's empowerment during the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59).

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UNDP Fund Supporting Transition from MDGs to SDGs in 18 Countries [viewed]

UNDP11 March 2015: In a UN Development Programme (UNDP) blog, the director of UNDP's Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F) highlights the Fund's efforts to ensure a smooth transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the SDGs. The SDG-F serves as a development cooperation mechanism, building on the MDG Achievement Fund while expanding the focus on sustainable development and public-private partnerships, and incorporating discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, according to UNDP.

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WAVES Regional Workshop Discusses Methodologies for Natural Capital Accounting [viewed]

waves9 March 2015: The Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has convened a Regional Workshop in Turkey to promote natural capital accounting (NCA) in policy and development planning in the region. The workshop focused on methodologies for NCA, including case studies of water and forest accounting and the application of NCA to monitoring frameworks for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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