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UNEP Report Discusses How Product Sustainability Information Can Support SCP

UNEPJuly 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report, titled ‘Product Sustainability Information: State of Play and Way Forward,' which provides recommendations to advance product sustainability information (PSI) use by consumers in support of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) through a life cycle approach.

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UNGA Endorses Addis Ababa Action Agenda

logo_ffdiii27 July 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has endorsed the outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The endorsement occurred during an UNGA plenary meeting where delegates adopted resolution A/69/L.82 titled ‘Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development,' which includes the AAAA as an annex.

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Co-Facilitators Issue Revised Post-2015 Outcome, 'The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'

post2015-in7-526 July 2015: The revised draft of the outcome document for the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda was released on 26 July 2015, ahead of the second week of the final negotiation session on the agenda. Co-Facilitators David Donoghue of Ireland and Macharia Kamau of Kenya write in their covering letter to UN Member States that the draft takes account of the wide range of views expressed during the first week, held on 20-24 July.

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Stakeholders Assess SLCPs' Impacts on Post-2015 Development Agenda

ccac_who_unep_igsd24 July 2015: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD), and the World Bank co-sponsored a side event focused on how fast mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) could contribute to the post-2015 development agenda and the fulfillment of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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ECOSOC Elects President and Bureau for 2015-2016

ECOSOC24 July 2015: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has elected Oh Joon, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea, as its 71st President. It also elected members of the ECOSOC Bureau for the July 2015 to July 2016 cycle.

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Civil Society Presents Views on Revised Post-2015 Outcome

post201520 July 2015: A group of civil society organizations held a side event to exchange views on the 8 July version of the post-2015 development agenda. World Vision, Beyond2015, International Disability Alliance, World Vision, Save Children, International Women's Health Coalition, and SOS Children's Villages International co-sponsored the side event, which took place on 20 July 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on the sidelines of the seventh session in the intergovernmental negotiation process to draft the outcome document of the post-2015 summit.

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Civil Society Reflects on FfD3, Issues Recommendations on Post-2015 Agenda

post2015July 2015: Civil society organizations have responded to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), and have released responses and summaries to the draft outcome document for the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. Responses address, inter alia: areas of consensus and disagreement on the post-2015 draft; recommendations on improving text related to inequality, climate change, energy, land and other topics; data challenges; the translation of discourse into policy; education; and the role of business.

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Side Event Discusses Usefulness of Administrative Data for SDGs

denmark-unstaditical-vietnam 22 July 2015: On the sidelines of the seventh session of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations, delegates discussed how administrative data – the data primarily collected by governments and other organizations for administrative purposes (e.g. registration, transaction and record keeping) – could be used as a data source for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and for statistical systems in countries.

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New Development Bank Opens for Business

ndb21 July 2015: The New Development Bank (NDB), formerly referred to as the BRICS Development Bank, a multilateral development bank (MDB) operated by the BRICS group of countries (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa), has begun its operations. The NDB will be headquartered in Shanghai, China, and each country will be assigned one vote, while no country will hold veto power.

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IAEG-SDGs Issues Timeline, Plans for Work Streams

unstats10 July 2015: The UN Statistics Division (UNStats) has circulated a note outlining the tentative timeline, work plan and organization of work of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goals Indicators (IAEG-SDGs). Also available is an updated version of the list of proposed global indicators for the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda.

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Governments, Experts Call for Using Existing Mechanisms in SDG Implementation

asef_side_event20 July 2015: UN Member States embarking on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can start the process by taking stock of, and building on existing institutions and policy mechanisms, said Zhang Yan, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) Executive Director, at an event titled ‘How Can Countries Implement and Monitor Sustainable Development Goals.'

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Two-Week Session to Finalize Post-2015 Agenda Kicks Off

announcementpost1520 July 2015: Opening the seventh session in the intergovernmental negotiation process on the outcome document of the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, the Co-Facilitators stressed the need to conclude negotiations by 31 July, and expressed confidence in UN Member States' ability to "do great things."

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FfD3 Concludes with Adoption of Addis Ababa Action Agenda

iisdrs_FfD316 July 2015: The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) has concluded with the adoption of the Outcome Document of the Conference, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). In support of the AAAA, a number of significant partnerships were launched during FfD3, including: the Addis Tax Initiative, which will support strengthening domestic tax systems; the Global Financing Facility in Support of Every Woman Every Child, which brings together countries, donors and the private sector; and the Commission on Financing Global Education.

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ESCAP, ADB Discuss Development Finance in Asia-Pacific

logo_ffdiii16 July 2015: The Asia-Pacific region could face between US$2.1 trillion and US$2.5 trillion per year in costs to close infrastructure gaps, expand basic social protection and address climate mitigation and adaptation in order to meet commitments under the post-2015 development agenda, according to a report published by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and launched on the margins of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3).

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ECLAC Calls for Caribbean SIDS Debt Relief at FfD3

logo_ffdiii16 July 2015: In the lead up to agreement on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) by UN Member States at the Third International Financing for Development (FfD3) Conference, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) advocated for regional perspectives and priorities to be reflected in the AAAA, organizing side events and bringing to Addis Adaba a proposal for a debt forgiveness mechanism for Caribbean small island developing States (SIDS).

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Africa Prioritizes Industrialization, Transformation at FfD3

logo_ffdiii16 July 2015: Leading up to UN Member States' agreement on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), African delegates advocated for incorporating African priorities into the AAAA and held events on topics such as domestic resource mobilization (DRM), industrialization and illicit financial flows.

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World Bank, China Establish Trust Fund to Combat Poverty

wb_china16 July 2015: The World Bank and China have agreed to establish a US$50 million trust fund to help reduce poverty. The agreement reinforces the Bank's growing partnership with China, which is the Bank's third-largest shareholder and an important contributor to the Bank's International Development Assistance (IDA) and Global Infrastructure Facility. The fund was agreed to during an official visit to China by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.

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IISD GSI Event: Fossil-Fuel Subsidies Reform Can Finance Development

gsi-fffsr 14 July 2015: Reforming fossil-fuel subsidies can free up funds for investing in sustainable development and reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by approximately 10%, according to a high-level side event held at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Participants also underlined that current low international energy prices create a window of opportunity for fossil-fuel subsidy reform.

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UNFCCC, UNCCD and UNEP Highlight Development Benefits of Linking Land and Climate Agendas

unfccc_unccd_unep13 July 2015: In their joint op-ed, titled 'The Land Battle for Sustainable Development,' Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), underscore the "huge, largely untapped potential for rapid gains in both the fight against climate change and efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs].”

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UNEP Launches Reports on Design of a Sustainable Financial System

unep-un14 July 2015: The UN Environment Programme launched a series of reports from its ongoing inquiry into the design of a sustainable financial system, on the occasion of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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