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IMF, USAID to Cooperate on Capacity Development [viewed]

imf_usaid20 August 2015: The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance their cooperation in capacity development.

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Experts in Americas Commit to Implementing Sendai Framework for DRR [viewed]

UNISDR14 August 2015: Experts from the Americas have committed to take action to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, the 15-year plan agreed in March 2015 that aims to reduce deaths and losses caused by natural and manmade hazards. The 2nd Regional Conference for the Exchange of Information in Civil and Military Operations for Disaster Risk Management aimed to raise the awareness of those attending the conference about the content of the Sendai Framework.

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Event: Solutions Summit [viewed]

On the sidelines of the three-day UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, the Solutions Summit will seek to highlight "exceptional innovators" (technologists, engineers, scientists, and others) who are developing solutions that address one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and also seek to catalyze a grassroots effort, where communities scout and convene resources around solution-makers. During the event, a group of 17-20 global innovators will be invited to give a 'lightning talk outlining their breakthrough efforts' to senior policymakers, investors, and industry leaders. The Solutions Summit is led by the UN Foundation, Project Everyone, and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), in collaboration with the US' White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the Kenyan Ministry of Information Communications and Technology, and the Estonian Information System Authority, with an open invitation for other governments and collaborators to join.  

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APEC Advances Sustainable City Development Efforts [viewed]

apec16 July 2015: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies have announced accelerated support for sustainable city development in the region. According to the APEC Energy Working Group, APEC officials are advancing technical support for solar-powered, energy-efficient buildings and high efficiency lighting, improved vehicle fuel efficiency labeling and consumer information, and accessible green energy financing.

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UN Regional Commissions Call for Effective Fiscal Policies, Global Tax Reform [viewed]

United Nations14 July 2015: The UN Regional Commissions highlighted the need for effective fiscal policies and global tax reform in the quest for sustainable and inclusive development during a roundtable event that featured Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz. The event, titled 'Regional Perspectives on Implementing an Ambitious, Transformative Sustainable Development Agenda,' took place on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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FfD 3 Outcome Document Forwarded to Addis for Further Consideration [viewed]

logo_ffdiii7 July 2015: The Third Drafting Session on the Outcome Document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) has come to a close, following continuous informal consultations at various levels since the plenary was suspended on 22 June 2015. With Member States still unable to achieve consensus on the draft of the text to be adopted at FfD 3, which begins on 13 July 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the co-facilitators of the preparatory process convened a closing plenary, proposing that the latest version of the text be considered further at the Conference itself.

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G7 Schloss Elmau Declaration Affirms Copenhagen Accord on US$100 Billion for Climate [viewed]

G7 Germany8 June 2015: G7 leaders issued a wide-ranging outcome document, the Schloss Elmau Declaration, at the close of their two-day meeting in Germany, in which they affirmed the 2009 Copenhagen Accord agreement to raise US$100 billion in annual climate financing from public and private sources, committed to make the Green Climate Fund fully operational in 2015, and promised action on the post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs), resource efficiency, marine litter and renewable energy.

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ADB Public-Private Project Facility Kicks Off with US$64 million [viewed]

ADB4 May 2015: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced that its Asia Pacific Project Preparation Facility (AP3F) has received US$64 million in contributions from the Governments of Australia, Canada and Japan. Through the AP3F, the ADB aims to adopt a more consistent approach to developing public-private partnerships (PPPs) and transaction advice across the region.

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Toolkit Seeks to Facilitate Use of Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Processes [viewed]

Hacia Nnuevos Contratos Sociales28 May 2015: CIVICUS has released a new toolkit, titled 'Towards New Social Contracts,' which offers tools and resources to facilitate the use of dialogue processes, and seeks to stimulate "a reflection around the potential and limits of multi-stakeholder processes in promoting socio-political change." Pilot dialogues that informed the toolkit took place in Albania, Bolivia, Canada, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Venezuela.

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Event: MOP7 of the UNECE Water Convention [viewed]

The seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention will convene in Budapest, Hungary. The Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) was adopted in Helsinki in 1992 and entered into force in 1996. Almost all countries sharing transboundary waters in the region of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) are Parties to the Convention.  

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