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G20 Addresses Growth, Energy, Climate Change, Trade and Ebola [viewed]

G20AUSTRALIA16 November 2014: Group of Twenty (G20) leaders have released a communiqué following the conclusion of the G20 Leaders Summit. The event drew approximately 4,000 delegates and 3,000 media representatives, and provided an opportunity for leaders to discuss global economic issues and use “their collective power to improve people's lives.” The communiqué outlines G20 policy discussions and commitments.

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UNGA Adopts Resolution on Samoa Pathway [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA14 November 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the 'SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway' (A/69/L.6), by consensus. The Samoa Pathway recognizes the adverse impacts of climate change and sea-level rise on SIDS' efforts to achieve sustainable development as well as to their survival and viability, and addresses economic development, food security, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ocean management, among other issues.

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Australia, Finland and Switzerland Elected to ECOSOC [viewed]

ECOSOC10 November 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) elected Australia, Finland and Switzerland to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in a single secret ballot. The new members will fill the unexpired terms of office of Canada, Denmark and New Zealand. All will begin their terms of office on 1 January 2015, with Australia's term lasting one year, and Finland and Switzerland's term ending in two years, on 31 December 2016.

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APEC Ministers Address Wildlife, Energy, Oceans and Disaster Management [viewed]

apec10 November 2014: The 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting released a Joint Statement addressing the advancement of economic integration; promotion of innovative development, economic reform and growth; and strengthened comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development, among other issues.

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UNEP Announces 2014 Champions of the Earth Laureates [viewed]

championsoftheearth7 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the recipients of the UN's highest environmental honor, the ‘Champions of the Earth Award,' which recognizes innovators and policymakers for service to the environment, saving lives, improving livelihoods and bettering environmental governance and conservation.

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NGOs Voice Views for Post-2015 Synthesis Report [viewed]

November 2014: NGOs and civil society groups have issued a number of inputs and considerations for the post-2015 development agenda. Publications, including several letters to Amina Mohammed, the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, focus on influencing the Secretary-General's forthcoming synthesis report of post-2015 inputs, and offer recommendations for the accountability, implementation, and framework of the agenda.

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Discussions Begin on Modalities, Substance of Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

unga694 November 2014: Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, and David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, convened the first informal meeting of the plenary on the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. After a second informal meeting on 10 November, the co-facilitators will be able to plan next steps in the process, Kamau said.

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Second Committee Discusses Post-2015 Accountability Mechanism [viewed]

unga6931 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held a panel discussion on 'Promoting accountability at all levels: monitoring the post-2015 development agenda,' with participants identifying principles for an accountability mechanism for the post-2015 development agenda, and opportunities for its design.

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Senior Arctic Officials Prepare for Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

Arctic Council23 October 2014: The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and Heads of Delegation of Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met to assess overall progress toward the priorities set under the Canadian Chairmanship. SAO Chair, Vincent Rigby, noted that the productive meeting would yield a "rich set of recommendations" for the Arctic Council Ministers to consider. Notably, SAOs approved a report outlining concrete recommendations for reducing woodstove black carbon emissions.

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Second Committee Debates Sustainable Development [viewed]

unga6916 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) considered agenda item 19 on Sustainable Development and its sub-items, on 15-16 October 2014, with Member States responding to UN system reports on related issues.

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