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FfD-Post-2015 Joint Session Debates Synergies, Technology, Ambition

iisdrs_in424 April 2015: Delegates to the fourth session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, which convened as a joint meeting with the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) process, debated how the two processes should relate to each other. Some said the FfD3 process should comprise the means of implementation (MOI) section of the post-2015 development agenda, while others viewed them as warranting distinct outcomes.

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Industrial Diversification, Structural Transformation Key for Central Asian and European MICs

UNIDO23 April 2015: Participants discussed how to foster inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in middle-income countries (MICs) in Europe and Central Asia, during a two-day conference organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus. Europe and Central Asia have 18 MICs, 11 of which are landlocked, constraining their ability to expand international trade and increasing their vulnerability to external economic shocks, according to the UN.

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Side Event Highlights Benefits of Geospatial Data for SDGs

Geospatial Data22 April 2015: The Permanent Mission of Denmark, along with the UN Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), hosted a discussion on the role of geospatial data in the post-2015 development agenda. Presentations focused on the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how geospatial data can support their implementation, monitoring and review. The event took place on the sidelines of the fourth session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.

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TFM, Technology Assessment in Focus at Post-2015 Event

post201522 April 2015: On the sidelines of the fourth session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, participants met for a discussion around 'Rethinking technology,' covering topics such as a technology facilitation mechanism (TFM) and technology assessment.

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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World

ban_ki_moon_concert22 April 2015: In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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Seventh Summit of the Americas Addresses Climate, Energy Access, SDGs

vii_cumbre_de_las_americas12 April 2015: The Seventh Summit of the Americas met under the theme, ‘Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas,' and discussed education, health, energy, environment, migration, security, citizen participation and democratic governance, among other topics. Addressing the Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the region's contribution to defining the post-2015 development agenda and to discussions on climate-related issues. He noted that Caribbean countries have played a particularly significant role in placing climate issues on the global agenda.

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Member States Open Joint Session on Post-2015 Development, FfD

post201521 April 2015: The intergovernmental negotiation process on the post-2015 development agenda convened for a joint meeting with the preparatory process for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3). The post-2015 process' fourth session, meeting from 21-24 April 2015, is dedicated to means of implementation (MOI) and global partnership for sustainable development.

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ECOSOC Meeting with BWIs Takes up Post-2015/FfD 3 Follow-up and Review

ECOSOC21 April 2015: The second day of the 2015 special high-level meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) focused on follow-up and the way forward. Participants also heard a presentation from the IMF on the world economic situation and prospects.

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ECLAC Countries Launch Consultations on LAC Forum on Sustainable Development

1280784375ECLAC_logo17 April 2015: Member States of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) launched a consultative process for the creation of a Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Forum on Sustainable Development, during an extraordinary session of ECLAC's Committee of the Whole.

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SDSN Launches Report on Data Needs in Developing Countries

unsdsn17 April 2015: The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has released a publication on capacity building for data collection and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 'Data for Development: A Needs Assessment for SDG Monitoring and Statistical Capacity Development' measures how much countries will have to invest to support data collection efforts to monitor progress on the post-2015 development agenda, and to implement the data revolution.

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EC Communication Outlines Positions on Post-2015, FfD

ec16 April 2015: Participants discussed the latest Communication by the European Commission (EC) on the post-2015 development agenda, at an event organized by the European Economic and Social Committee's Sustainable Development Observatory. The Communication outlines the EC's views on the overarching principles and main components for supporting and implementing the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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OECD Advances Reforms on Policy Framework for Investment

OECD20 April 2015: A one-day meeting of the World Bank Group and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) concluded with a renewed commitment to reforming the investment climate, as the OECD's process for updating its Policy Framework for Investment (PFI) nears completion.

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Negotiations Set to Begin on Principle 10 Instrument for LAC

1280784375ECLAC_logoMarch 2015: The Negotiating Committee of the ‘Declaration on the application of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean' will commence its work this spring in order to negotiate a regional instrument for implementing the rights of access to environmental information, participation and justice as set out in Principle 10 of the 1992 Rio Declaration, according to a work plan agreed in March 2015.

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World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings Address Climate Change, FfD and Post-2015 Development Agenda

spring_201520 April 2015: At their annual Spring Meetings, the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) addressed a range of issues, from climate change, financing for development (FfD) and the post-2015 development agenda, to the Ebola crisis, job creation, fiscal stability, and fragility and conflict. On the sidelines of the Spring Meetings, the Development Committee held its 91st meeting.

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ECOSOC Begins Meeting with BWIs on Post-2015, FfD

ECOSOC20 April 2015: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) began its annual special high-level meeting with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), with a focus on the theme of ‘Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of financing for sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda.' The meeting brought representatives of the Bretton Woods Institutions (BWIs) together with UN Member States to discuss post-2015 development and the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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Heads of MDBs Commit to “Do More” to Transform Development Finance, Achieve SDGs

heads_of_mdbs16 April 2015: In a joint statement, the heads of the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) support a comprehensive approach to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while stating that the “resources needed to implement such an ambitious agenda far surpass current development financial flows.” The multilateral development banks (MDBs) note that they “could and should do more,” and state their willingness to generate needed financial resources and help the international community to achieve the SDGs' transformative vision.

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UNIDO Annual Report Highlights Recognition of ISID

un_ido_2014_reportApril 2014: In its Annual Report, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) describes progress on implementing its mandate on inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID). The report highlights UNIDO's efforts to ensure the inclusion of the ISID concept in the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNEP Proposes Indicators of Progress toward SCP

report_sustainable_consumption23 March 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a discussion paper proposing indicators to measure progress toward sustainable consumption and production (SCP) under the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Member States Review FfD 3 Zero Draft

ffd17 April 2015: The second drafting session on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) focused on reviewing the zero draft of the outcome document, the Addis Ababa Accord, circulated by Co-Facilitators George Talbot, Permanent Representative of Guyana, and Geir Pedersen, Permanent Representative of Norway.

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UN Crime Congress Calls for Justice for All, Action on Wildlife, Forest Crime

crime_congress19 April 2015: Participants unanimously adopted the Doha Declaration at the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, stressing justice for all as critical to the success of the post-2015 development agenda and to fighting criminal activities, terrorism and violence globally. In addition to making recommendations to be submitted to the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice convening in May 2015, the Congress lent special focus to the issues of wildlife and forest crime.

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