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Civil Society Gives Input to Post-2015 Synthesis Report [viewed]

UNGA10 September 2014: UN General Assembly President John Ashe held an interactive meeting to hear civil society representatives' recommendations on the forthcoming synthesis report of the UN Secretary-General on the post-2015 development agenda. The hearing took place on 9 September 2014, in New York, US, in preparation for the High-level Stocktaking event on the same topic.

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Mountain Partnership Publication Showcases Costs and Benefits of Mountain Tourism [viewed]

Mountain Partnership8 September 2014: Mountain communities have developed innovative strategies to cope with cultural, economic, environmental and political challenges and develop their tourism industry according to a publication, titled ‘Tourism in Mountain Regions: Hopes, Fears and Realities.' The Mountain Partnership publication features 28 case studies from mountain regions showcasing examples of mountain tourism and offering lessons learned and recommendations on ways to promote sustainable mountain tourism.

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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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Event: European Regional Consultation on Accountability for the Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

This Regional Ministerial Consultation on ‘Monitoring and Accountability for the Post-2015 Development Agenda - The Regional Dimension' will discuss: the role of the regional level in the monitoring and accountability framework for the post-2015 development agenda; options for the scope and modalities of regional reviews; and linkages with global and national mechanisms. Panels will take place on: options for a multi-layered accountability mechanism for the post-2015 development agenda; lessons from existing mechanisms, including peer review mechanisms and other performance and periodic reviews; linkages with national and global accountability, including the role of national reports in the review process; and scope and process of regional accountability mechanisms. The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Regional UN Development Group (UNDG) for Europe and Central Asia are organizing the meeting, which will be chaired by the Government of Switzerland. The meeting will result in a Chair's Summary, which will provide a regional input into the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 agenda and inform the UN Secretary-General's Synthesis Report on the agenda.  

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US, Hawaii Announce Aloha+ Challenge for Sustainability [viewed]

1sep.sids1 September 2014: The Aloha+ Challenge has been announced in Apia, Samoa, following its launch in Hawaii, US, on 7 July 2014. The joint sustainability commitment includes targets on: clean energy transformation; local food production; natural resource management; waste reduction; smart growth and climate resilience; and green jobs and education.

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First US-Africa Summit Addresses Energy, Food Security [viewed]

us.africa.summit6 August 2014: The US-Africa Summit, which brought together over 50 Heads of State from Africa and US President Barack Obama, addressed, inter alia: promoting inclusive sustainable development; expanding trade and investment ties; engaging young African leaders; and expanding cooperation on peace and security. The Summit also featured sessions on resilience and food security in a changing climate, and combatting wildlife trafficking.

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African and US Leaders Discuss Illegal Trade in Wildlife [viewed]

us.africa.summit4 August 2014: African Heads of State and US leaders discussed best practices and future steps in a 'Dialogue on Combating Wildlife Trafficking,' which took place during the US-Africa Leaders Summit. The event aimed to build on progress made in addressing illegal trade, identify areas where the US and Africa could collaborate to combat wildlife trafficking and inspire youth to safeguard their natural heritage for future generations.

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Event: 75th Session of the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management [viewed]

The seventy-fifth session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) will review the current and past activities of the Committee and its Working Parties. The range of topics to be discussed includes the Country Profiles on housing and land management, sustainable housing and real estate markets, energy efficiency in the housing sector, sustainable urban development, and land management. The 75th CHLM will be preceded on 7 October 2014 by a day of informal negotiations on the draft Charter on Sustainable Housing.  

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UNGA Concludes Structured Dialogues on Technology Facilitation [viewed]

UNGA23 July 2014: The UN General Assembly held the fourth "structured dialogue" for Member States, the private sector, and civil society to discuss possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The co-moderators of the dialogue will submit a report, along with elements for a procedural resolution, to the UNGA President by the end of July, and expect to receive further guidance in early September.

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UNECE Meetings Address Monitoring and Reporting under Water and Health Protocol [viewed]

UNECE3 July 2014: The 7th meeting of the Task Force on Target Setting and Reporting and a regional workshop on linkages with other existing monitoring and reporting mechanisms related to water and health took place under the Protocol on Water and Health of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention).

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