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African Development Report Finds Regional Integration Key for Development

AfDB16 December 2014: Regional integration is critical for enhancing Africa's development and achieving sustained, inclusive growth, according to the African Development Report 2014. The report addresses five themes at a regional level: integration and inclusive growth; institutions; infrastructure; migration and labor; and financial integration and value chains.

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IGES Launches Project on Implementing the SDGs

iges-new12 December 2014: The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) has announced the launch of a project, titled ‘From Aspiration to Action,' addressing implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project seeks to examine barriers to and enablers for the successful implementation of the goals and targets, and to recommend essential means of implementation (MOI) to put them into action "through active engagement with various stakeholders and partners."

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Copenhagen Conference Issues Recommendations on Inequalities

Beyond201511 December 2014: Beyond 2015 has issued the outcome document from its Civil Society Organization (CSO) Copenhagen Conference. ‘Equality at the Core: A call for a strong commitment to tackling inequalities through the post-2015 agenda' calls for stand-alone goals on equality and gender equality, and provides recommendations on addressing inequality in the post-2015 development agenda.

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Member States Set Modalities for Post-2015 Negotiations

unga6917 December 2014: UN Member States have informally agreed on a draft decision on the modalities for the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.The decision is expected to be adopted by the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Consultations on the modalities began in November and concluded on 17 December 2014, co-facilitated by David Donoghue (Ireland) and Macharia Kamau (Kenya).

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UNSG Says “Stars Are Aligned” for Historic Action in 2015

bankimoon-warsaw17 December 2014: “The stars are aligned” for the international community to take historic action on climate, sustainable development and financing in 2015, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he reviewed the challenges and achievements of 2014. He called the Lima session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the “most encouraging” climate negotiations so far, and urged a high level of ambition in forging a new global agenda for development and securing a climate change agreement in 2015.

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UN Discusses Migration in Post-2015 Development Agenda, SDG Targets

iomlogo17 December 2014: The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of Costa Rica and Germany, held a high-level panel on defining the role of migration in the post-2015 development agenda. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told participants that if human rights are not included in the post-2015 development agenda, it will not meet the "core function" of leaving no one behind.

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UNGA President Releases Concept Note on Crime Prevention, Sustainable Development

unga6910 December 2014: The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a concept note for the high-level thematic debate on ‘Integrating Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.' The note describes the debate's scope, objectives, format and expected outcome, and provided background information on the relationship between crime prevention and sustainable development, including its consideration in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda.

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EU Ministers Call for Policy Coherence in Post-2015 Agenda

EU16 December 2014: The Council of the European Union (EU) discussed and adopted the conclusions of its Foreign Affairs Council on coordination of international aid efforts in the context of the post-2015 development agenda, highlighting the need to approach the issues in a “truly transformative” manner and to promote policy coherence.

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UNGA Reaches Informal Agreement on Post-2015 Summit Organization, Dates

unga6915 December 2014: UN Member States have informally agreed on a draft resolution on the ‘Organization of the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda,' including on the dates of the Summit. By the resolution, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) would decide that the UN Summit on the post-2015 development agenda will take place on 25-27 September 2015, in New York, US, with the 70th session of the UN General Debate beginning on 28 September.

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IDB Launching Portal on LAC Development Indicators

IDB11 December 2014: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced it will launch an open data portal on development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in the first quarter of 2015. ‘Numbers for Development,' a free and open data portal focused on development indicators for the region, will enable users to access and use IDB data on a range of issues, download datasets and create their own data visualizations.

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IDB Report Highlights Benefits of Green Market Guarantees

IDBDecember 2014: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has published a report highlighting the benefits of guarantees for green markets, including by responding to challenges of investing in low-carbon and climate-resilient technologies and activities in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). 'Guarantees for Green Markets: Potential and Challenges' underscores the important role that national development banks (NDBs) can play in structuring and funding credit-guarantee schemes for domestic markets, and their unique position and capacities to effectively design, implement and promote green market investments.

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Co-facilitators Brief Civil Society on Post-2015 Negotiations

post201515 December 2014: The co-facilitators for the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, Macharia Kamau of Kenya and David Donoghue of Ireland, briefed representatives of Major Groups and other civil society stakeholders on the post-2015 negotiation process.

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MY World Report Highlights People's Priorities for Post-2015

word we want -report15 December 2014: Citizens around the world want a good education, better healthcare and better job opportunities, according to a report summarizing the MY World survey, the largest survey ever conducted by the UN. The report, titled ‘We the Peoples: Celebrating 7 Million Voices,' presents respondents' selections of six out of 16 priorities for a better life.

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Scientific Advisory Board Reviews Progress, Discusses 2015 Inputs

United Nations11 December 2014: The UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) convened for its second meeting, to define the Board's future programme of work in line with major 2015 UN events and processes, including negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF); and the 21st meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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UNGA President Releases Concept Note on Means of Implementation

unga6910 December 2014: The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a concept note for the high-level thematic debate on ‘Means of Implementation for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda.' The note identifies financial resources, technology development and transfer and capacity building as critical means of implementation (MOI) to deliver a "truly transformative and ambitious post-2015 development agenda." The event will include a focus on the role of parliaments, city and local authorities in implementing the agenda.

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FfD Prep Session Addresses Data Gaps, Global Economic Governance

FfD11 December 2014: UN Member States took up governance issues as part of the current and final round of substantive informal sessions of the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD). Discussions convened in two large, moderated panel sessions on: ‘Closing data gaps and strengthening statistical capabilities; and ‘Enabling and conducive governance, including global economic governance.'

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Civil Society Responds to UN Secretary-General's Synthesis Report

syntesis-proposalDecember 2014: Major Groups and other stakeholders have issued reactions to the advance version of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's synthesis report, titled ‘The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet.' Responses address: financing; the relationship between the six "essential elements" and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); human rights, peace and security; climate change; national ownership; and next steps.

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UNDP Administrator Calls for Synergy Among Development, Disaster and Climate Agreements

UNDP7 December 2014: “Coherence across the poverty eradication, disaster reduction and climate agendas is essential for inclusive, low emission and climate-resilient development,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said in a session on ‘Zero Poverty. Zero Emissions. Within a generation?' during the Development & Climate Days at the 20th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Trade, Technology, Capacity-building Focus of FfD Prep Meeting

FfD10 December 2014: UN Member States discussed ‘trade, technology and capacity building and other non-financial means of implementation' during the second round of substantive informal sessions of the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD). The remaining sessions in this round will take up 'Governance' and 'Learning from partnerships and follow-up process.'

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WESP 2015 Highlights Risks and Uncertainties in Global Economy

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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