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ASG for Economic Development Calls for Recommitment on ODA

Lenni MontielMarch 2015: In an interview by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Lenni Montiel, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, described the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) as “so more than just another event” and called for high-level engagement going far beyond the outcome document of FfD 3, on the part of countries and organizations.

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UNGA President Announces Address by Pope Francis Ahead of Post-2015 Summit

pope_francis27 February 2015: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa announced in a letter to UN Member States that His Holiness Pope Francis will visit the UN on 25 September 2015, and requested the UNGA to adjust the timing of the beginning of the post-2015 summit to allow for the Pope's address to the Assembly.

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ECOSOC Discusses Partnerships for Post-2015 Development Agenda

ECOSOC27 February 2015: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has hosted a special event on the role of partnerships in the next development agenda. The event focused on the theme 'Multi-stakeholder partnerships: Making them work for the Post-2015 Development Agenda,' and welcomed outside stakeholders into the UN to discuss how diverse partnerships can be mobilized to achieve the priorities of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Statistics Experts Discuss SDG Indicators

United Nations26 February 2015: Representatives of Member States, specialized agencies and UN entities met to discuss the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda, in a UN Statistics Division (UNSD) Expert Group Meeting. The conclusions of the meeting will be provided as an input to the 46th session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) and for the preparation of its proposals to the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNGA President Releases Concept Note on Cooperation with Regional, Sub-Regional Organizations

69th Session of the UNGA24 February 2015: The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a concept note ahead of the high-level thematic debate on ‘Strengthening Cooperation Between the UN and Regional and Sub-Regional Organizations' convening on 4 May 2015. The concept note highlights that cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations “has remained a cornerstone" of the UN's work, and has intensified over the years. It also underlines the important contribution that regional and sub-regional organizations can make to the post-2015 development agenda, including its implementation.

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High-Level Meeting Underscores Role of Strengthened Capacities, Institutions in Post-2015 Development

UNDP ILO26 February 2015: Effective, strengthened capacities and institutions are critical for implementing the post-2015 development agenda and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), participants stressed at a high-level meeting in Chisinau, Moldova. The meeting resulted in the Chisanu Outcome Statement on Strengthening Capacities and Building Effective Institutions, which calls for upgraded capacities and institutions to foster more effective, responsive governance.

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Inaugural Forum Addresses Unsustainable Consumption

UNEP25 February 2015: The First International Forum on Sustainable Lifestyles discussed drivers of unsustainable consumption and lifestyles, and showcased initiatives that promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP). The Forum also highlighted the role of the private sector in shifting to more sustainable lifestyles and mindsets.

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UNGA President Hosts Meeting on Crime-Development Links

69th Session of the UNGA25 February 2015: The President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, convened a high-level thematic debate on tackling social and economic challenges and promoting sustainable development through strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice. Many participants highlighted the importance of enhancing the rule of law for achieving sustainable development, and called for making it an integral part of the post-2105 development agenda. Many also welcomed proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, on promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

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UNEP Seeks Comments on Access-to-Information Policy

UNEP25 February 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is requesting comments on its Access-to-Information-Policy, which contains the principles and procedures governing access to information at UNEP. The policy was issued on 6 June 2014, and is currently in a pilot phase. According to UNEP, it seeks to make accessible the information concerning UNEP's work and the information it generates, in a manner consistent with the relevant policies and practices of the UN Secretariat.

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Event Highlights Integration of SCP into Post-2015 Agenda

10_yfp18 February 2015: The Permanent Missions of of Brazil and Finland to the UN hosted an interactive discussion on advancing sustainable consumption and production (SCP) within the post-2015 process, on the sidelines of the second session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. The event focused on: a discussion paper prepared by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on financing the shift to SCP; the role of the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on SCP as a component of the means of implementation of the post-2015 agenda; and moving forward on the approach by which SCP indicators will be identified for the new goal set.

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ECOSOC Segment Discusses UN Positioning for Post-2015

ECOSOC25 February 2015: At the UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) 2015 Operational Activities for Development Segment, participants discussed ECOSOC's longer-term positioning in the context of the post-2015 development agenda, coherence in the funding of operational activities, fit-for-purpose, and UN effectiveness in supporting national capacity, among other issues. The Group of 77 and China introduced a draft resolution on 'Progress in the implementation of UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 67/226 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system' (QCPR), on which the Council will take action at a later date.

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OECD Report Recommends Reforms to Address Inequality

OECD_NEW9 February 2015: "Determined and systematic action" is necessary across a broad range of policy areas to restore healthy growth, and ensure gains are broadly shared, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) 2015 'Going for Growth' report. The report examines the effect of pro-growth structural reforms on income inequality, and recommends efforts by both advanced and emerging economies to promote more inclusive growth.

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World Bank Calls for Systematic Approach to Air Quality Management

Worldbanklogo19 February 2015: A report examining the World Bank's activities in relation to air quality management and environmental health recommends a more systematic focus for enhanced impact. Drawing lessons from successful projects to date, the report calls for: better data and systematic monitoring of changes in air quality over time; an active dialogue with all stakeholders; integrated approaches; cross-sectoral involvement; and a combination of technical, policy and economic measures.

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UNGA President Highlights Proposals from Debate on Post-2015 MOI

69th Session of the UNGA18 February 2015: The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a summary of the key messages and proposals from the high-level thematic debate on ‘Means of Implementation for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda.'

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Workshop Explores Mainstreaming Energy SDGs in Latin America

unenergy_un_energyforall6 February 2015: The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) organized a workshop for Latin American countries on integrating energy-related sustainable development goals (SDGs), targets and indicators into national statistical programmes.

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UN Human Rights Experts Call for Including Persons with Disabilities in SDGs

OHCHR20 February 2015: Three UN human rights advisers called for including the rights of persons with disabilities in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in order to uphold the principle of “no one left behind.” The designated experts on disabilities, the right to food, and human rights of older persons released their statement through the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) during the second session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, which convened in New York, US, from 17-20 February 2015.

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Governments Advance Revision of Mediterranean Sustainable Development Strategy

unep-map18 February 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the France-based NGO Plan Bleu supported a regional conference in Malta, in which stakeholders and Parties to the Barcelona Convention reviewed a revised sustainable development strategy for the Mediterranean region. Participants considered six thematic areas of the revised Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD): seas and coasts; natural resources; rural development and food; climate; sustainable cities; transition towards a green economy; and governance.

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PFII Urges World Bank to Improve Consultation with Indigenous Peoples

Unpfii26 February 2015: The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) warned that the World Bank's proposed environmental and social policy falls short of standards enshrined in international human rights agreements, and urged the Bank to improve its requirements for consultation with indigenous peoples.

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Member States Seek to "Break with the Past" in Post-2015 Declaration

photo_post2015_in220 February 2015: The second session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda focused on the declaration component of the outcome that will be adopted at the Summit of Heads of State and Government on the post-2015 development agenda in September 2015. A summary of the discussion will be produced by the Secretariat, for reference, while the “discussion document” circulated and discussed during the meeting remains “a document without status” but will assist in creating the zero draft of the Summit outcome, according to the Co-Facilitators.

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Conferences in India Hear Calls for Smart Cities

re_invest-dsds201517 February 2015: Two international conferences held in February in India have heard calls from UN officials to focus on smart cities as a win-win-solution to sustainable development and climate change.

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