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UNU-INWEH Report Discusses Sustainable Development in Water Sector [viewed]

unu-inwehMarch 2015: It is possible to close "the gap between promise and practice" in management global water resources, with enabling environments to finance and implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a report by the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) and the UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). The report explores the role that water, including sanitation and wastewater management, plays in sustainable development, discusses "disconnects" between the proposed SDGs and national development plans, and highlights opportunities for achieving sustainable development through water management.

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CSOs Release Publications on Post-2015 Indicators, Priorities [viewed]

March 2015: Civil society organizations have published various inputs to and analyses of the post-2015 development agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Financing for Development (FfD) processes. Stakeholder groups and other experts elaborated their views on: SDG indicators; estimating the costs of the SDGs; human rights in the agenda; the responsibilities of developed countries; gender equality; land rights; and cross-sectoral partnerships for sustainable development.

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Senior Arctic Officials Discuss Development for the People of the North [viewed]

Arctic Council5 March 2015: The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met in Whitehorse, Canada, to hear progress updates from the Council's working groups and task forces, and to approve projects for delivery to the Council's next Ministerial meeting.

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Event: ECE/UNDG Europe and Central Asia Regional Consultation on Financing for Development [viewed]

Organized jointly by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Regional UN Development Group for Europe and Central Asia, this regional preparatory consultation will focus on strategies and instruments the UNECE region has to offer to promote resource mobilization for sustainable development and the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. It will take stock of trends and needs regarding financing sustainable development in the UNECE region. It will also discuss: unlocking private resources for sustainable development; creating conducive international frameworks for resource mobilization; and a renewed global partnership. The consultation will take the form of a multi-stakeholder event, providing an opportunity for inter-active discussions between experts from governments, civil society, the private sector, international organizations and academia. It will be chaired by Ambassador Michael Gerber, Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development of Switzerland. Other confirmed high-level participants include Amina Mohammed, UN Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning and Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.

The summary of the discussions will serve as a regional input to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development that will be held in Addis Ababa from 13-16 July 2015.  

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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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Event: APEC First Senior Officials' Meeting and Related Meetings (SOM1) [viewed]

The First Senior Officials' Meeting and Related Meetings (SOM1) of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) will take place in the Philippines, the 2015 APEC Chair. Senior officials are expected to address and elaborate on 2015 priorities for the region, including an inclusive economies initiative on combating inequality.  

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Event: Third International Open Data Conference [viewed]

The Third International Open Data Conference 2015 will convene under the theme, ‘Enabling the Data Revolution'. The event aims to broaden the dialogue on the open data movement to include experts in sectors that want to use open data and scale up innovative approaches with the overall aim of ensuring that all citizens around the world benefit from the data revolution. The event will take stock of the evolution of the global open data community and discuss how to chart its future agenda. The Government of Canada, Canada's International Development Research Center and the World Bank are organizing the conference. The hash tag for the event is #IODC15.  

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Event: Sustainable Land Management Week [viewed]

Events held during Sustainable Land Management Week (SLM) will incorporate the needs and priorities of land administration in the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region in support of the post-2015 development agenda and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A workshop on ‘Promoting Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements through Designing and Managing Public Spaces' will take place on Tuesday, 24 February, in order to discuss how sound urban public areas promote democracy, inclusiveness and openness, and enhance social cohesion. A workshop organized by the Working Party on Land Administration (WPLA) will convene on Wednesday, 25 February, and will address challenges posed by illegal and unplanned urban growth in the region and tools available to governments to improve livelihoods. On Thursday and Friday, 26-27 February, the ninth session of the WPLA on ‘Land and SDGs' will meet, providing an international platform for a high-level exchange on issues related to land administration and management. Representatives of UNECE member States will review the WPLA's work in 2014 and 2015 and discuss how the UNECE can continue to work to improve land management and land administration practices in the UNECE region. The Second Meeting of International Organizations/Agencies will meet on Friday, 27 February to provide an opportunity to discuss how to work together to improve land management and administration in Europe and the UNECE region.  

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UNDG Releases Draft Consultation Report on Participatory Monitoring and Accountability [viewed]

The World We Want22 January 2015: “Marginalized persons and/or people living in poverty should be at the center and the owners of their own development processes with all other relevant actors accountable to them regarding progress on said development outcomes,” according to the draft report from the UN Development Group's (UNDG) Participatory Monitoring and Accountability Consultation. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Women, the co-facilitators of the post-2015 consultation, have released the draft report for comments.

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Event: Eighth Round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Negotiations [viewed]

The EU and US will continue talks on agreeing to a trade and investment deal known as the 'Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)'. TTIP is expected to have implications for the manufacturing (including energy), agriculture, and services, investment and public procurement sectors. The Partnership is also being designed to add and update rules, including those affecting sustainable development.  

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