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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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Stakeholders Address Preparatory Forum on Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

NGLS16 January 2015: In advance of the launch of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, the UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS), in cooperation with a Stakeholder Steering Committee, held a preparatory forum for major groups and other civil society stakeholders.

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Event: 66th Session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe [viewed]

Among other things, the biennial session of the full UN Economic Commission for Europe is expected to adopt the Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing negotiated under the auspices of the UNECE's Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM). The Charter is to be a UNECE contribution to the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).  

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UNGA Second Committee Concludes Work [viewed]

unga6911 December 2014: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) formally concluded its work for the 69th session on 11 December 2014. Texts passed on to the UNGA for final action cover topics including: sustainable development; the post-2015 development agenda; meetings of the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF); sustainable consumption and production (SCP); financing for development (FfD); and UN operational activities.

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Civil Society Publications Address Financing, Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

December 2014: Position papers and other documents from civil society organizations offer input on the post-2015 development agenda, discuss financing for development, and address thematic issues including justice, peaceful societies, nutrition and forests.

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Event: Transportation for Sustainability: An International Conference [viewed]

This meeting, supported by the Transportation Research Board of the US National Academies, will bring together representatives from government, the private sector, academia, business and non-profit organizations to examine and promote holistic sustainability approaches to transportation, combining all pillars of sustainable development and addressing present and future needs. The meeting will also stimulate debate on how to realize this view in practice and in research; and examine ways to institutionalize sustainable practices globally. The agenda will include technical discussions on sustainability concepts, tools and practices and plenary sessions. Specific issues the conference will address include: international and cross-border challenges and initiatives related to incorporating sustainability into transportation, including sustainability issues in air travel and marine travel; policies, programmes, projects and institutional approaches; case studies, including national, state and local sustainability strategies and policies; and assessment, monitoring and evaluation.  

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WESP 2015 Highlights Risks and Uncertainties in Global Economy [viewed]

World Economic Situation and Prospects 201510 December 2014: Global economic growth is predicted to increase by just over three percent over the next two years, according to the UN's latest World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) report. In 2014, the report explains, global expansion preceded at a moderate, uneven pace, due in part to legacies from the global financial crisis, geopolitical conflicts and the Ebola epidemic. The report recommends strengthening international policy coordination and aligning global macroeconomic policies to reduce risks, create productive jobs and maintain long-term economic and financial stability.

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