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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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Event: UNGA High-level Thematic Debate on Strengthening Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-regional Organizations [viewed]

The President of the 69th UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, will convene this High-level Thematic Debate.  

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Member States Debate Working Methods, Scope and Timing of Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

Post 2015 Process3 December 2014: UN Member States convened for an informal plenary meeting on “the organization and modalities for intergovernmental negotiations and remaining issues related to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.” Governments responded to the co-facilitators' “food for thought” paper of 17 November 2014, which had been issued following the consultations of 4 and 10 November. Member States are expected to meet again next week to discuss a new calendar of eight negotiating dates, circulated by the co-facilitators at the end of the session.

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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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