Near East

UN Secretary-General Reports on Support to SIDS [viewed]

United Nations15 August 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon submitted a report to the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly on ‘Follow-up to and implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (A/69/319).' The report provides an update on the implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA) and the Mauritius Strategy (MSI) and on preparation for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which took place at the beginning of September.

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Arab Countries Highlight Regional Priorities for Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR16 September 2014: The 2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) provided the opportunity for approximately 400 Arab government officials, donors, policy makers, planners, academics, civil society representatives and development experts to discuss DRR in the region. The Conference highlighted progress made in DRR efforts, reviewed implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015 in the region, and discussed regional priorities towards the post-2015 DRR framework.

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SOFI 2014 Recommends High-level Political Commitment to Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

The-State-of-Food-Insecurity-in-the-World16 September 2014: The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) hunger target, to halve the proportion of undernourished people in developing countries by 2015, is within reach, according to 'The State of Food Insecurity (SOFI) in the World 2014: Strengthening the enabling environment for food security and nutrition.' SOFI 2014 cautions, however, that food security remains a challenge, and calls for sustained, high-level political commitment to food security and nutrition to eradicate hunger.

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World Water Week Calls for Water Goal in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

SIWI5 September 2014: World Water Week, which convened this year on the theme 'Energy and Water,' closed with a call for inclusion of a standalone water target in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the post-2015 development agenda.

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Civil Society Addresses Key Questions for Post-2015 [viewed]

OWGAugust 2014: Civil society groups and others continue to react to the 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through blog posts, reviews and statements. Others have begun to reflect more broadly on the post-2015 development agenda, considering next steps in the negotiations and highlighting areas that will need to be addressed by the framework.

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Arab Forum on Post-2015 Addresses Socio-economic Inequality [viewed]

anndJuly 2014: The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) and the Arab Organization for Administrative Development (ARADO), in cooperation with the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, held a regional Arab forum to discuss the post-2015 process. The event, titled 'Addressing social and economic inequalities: the need for a new paradigm,' resulted in policy recommendations on reducing socio-economic inequality in the region.

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Asia-Pacific Ministers Agree on 6 Post-2015 Priorities for Education [viewed]

UNESCO13 August 2014: Education ministers and government officials from 37 Asia-Pacific countries have endorsed a draft statement on Education Beyond 2015, at the Asia-Pacific Regional Education Conference, held on 6-8 August 2014, in Bangkok, Thailand. The Bangkok Statement outlines six priority action areas for the region: lifelong learning for all; equity and equality; skills and competencies for life and work; quality and teachers; information and communication technologies (ICTs) for education; and governance and financing.

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ICESDF Concludes Work, Forwards Report to UNGA [viewed]

United Nations8 August 2014: The Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) has concluded its work, adopting its draft report and forwarding it to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) for consideration. The report was finalized during the Committee's fifth and final session, held on 4-8 August 2014, in New York, US.

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Event: Arab Water Week 2015 [viewed]

Arab Water Week 2015 will convene under the theme 'innovations and sustainable solutions for the water sector in the Arab region'. The meeting will address a variety of sub-themes, including, inter alia: the energy efficiency dilemma in water and wastewater utilities; social responsibility and water for marginalized people; water utilities adaptation to climate change, current status and future perspectives; integrated water resources management (IWRM) and good water governance in the Arab region; the Millennium Development Goal (MDG)+ initiative towards sustainable water resources management within the sustainable development goals (SDGs); benchmarking as a tool for optimizing water and wastewater operations; and water public action and awareness in a fast, changing world.  

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2014 HDR Focuses on Resilience and Vulnerability [viewed]

UNDP24 July 2014: The 2014 Human Development Report (HDR) finds that reducing poverty, as well as vulnerability to falling into poverty, must be a central objective of the post-2015 development agenda. "Eliminating extreme poverty is not just about 'getting to zero;' it is also about staying there,” according to the report. ‘Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience' was launched in Tokyo, Japan, on 24 July 2014, by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark, and HDR Director Khalid Malik.

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