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Berlin Meeting Launches Process for GEO-6

geo623 October 2014: Held from 21-23 October 2014, in Berlin, Germany, the Global Intergovernmental and Multi-stakeholder Meeting for the sixth edition of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) report endorsed the guiding framework for the report and took what it describes as the necessary preparatory steps for a scientifically robust process.

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Denmark, PNG to Continue Consultations on Post-2015 Summit Modalities

69th Session of the UNGA30 October 2014: UN General Assembly President Sam Kutesa has re-appointed Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark, and Robert Aisi, Permanent Representative of Papua New Guinea, to continue consultations to finalize the draft resolution on the organizational modalities for the UN summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.

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Global Green Growth Forum Discusses Production and Consumption, Launches Partnerships

3gf22 October 2014: The Fourth Global Green Growth Forum (3GF2014) explored key related questions and launched or leveraged 11 collaborative partnerships. The Forum, which brought together over 500 leaders and decision makers from governments, cities, businesses, finance and civil society, explored actions needed for promoting sustainable production and consumption for a greener economy under the theme ‘Changing Production and Consumption Patterns through Transformative Action.'

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Regional Commissions Issue Concept Note for Dialogue with Executive Secretaries

rc21 October 2014: The UN Regional Commissions NY Office issued a Concept Note for an upcoming dialogue with the UN General Assembly's Second Committee on 'The Means of Implementation in Support of the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Regional Perspectives.' It will address the Regional Commissions' potential role in catalyzing and mobilizing the means of implementation for achieving the agenda, and the "growing role of regionalism" as a strong driver for development.

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IEAG Receives Several Hundred Comments on Draft Report on Data Revolution

data-recolution-group27 October 2014: The UN Secretary-General's Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development (IEAG) issued a draft of its report, solicited comments during a public consultation period, and is now finalizing the report for publication. It will be shared on 6 November 2014, following a presentation to the UN Secretary-General.

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SD Knowledge Platform Adds Post-2015 Portal

Post 2015 ProcessOctober 2014: The Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has added a portal on the Post-2015 Process, with the slogan: ‘2015: Time for global action for people and planet.'

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GEF Council CSO Consultation Discusses Gender Policy, Public Involvement

GEF27 October 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation meeting with civil society organizations (CSOs) gathered approximately 150 participants to focus on four topics: a dialogue with the GEF CEO; gender mainstreaming and public involvement in GEF projects; the work of the GEF-CSO Network; and CSO engagement in the sixth replenishment of the GEF (GEF-6).

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Co-facilitators Update Road Map for FfD Prep Process

unga6924 October 2014: The co-facilitators for the preparatory process of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) have issued an updated road map and programme of work for the preparatory process of the Conference, following consultations with Member States on 17 October 2014.

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FAO, IFAD, WFP Launch Community of Practice on Food Loss Reduction

WFP FAO IFAD24 October 2014: The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) launched a digital platform to tackle food loss during a side event to the 41st session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), which took place in Rome, Italy, on 13 October 2014. The platform allows stakeholders to share best practices and access resources on food loss reduction and post-harvest management.

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Special Rapporteur Emphasizes Justice, Human Rights for Post-2015 Agenda

OHCHR 223 October 2014: The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, delivered a report to the UN General Assembly calling for the post-2015 development agenda to take a "human-rights based approach" and explicit references to human rights and access to justice.

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Member States Highlight Gender, MOI in Poverty Eradication Debate

unga6923 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) took up its agenda item on poverty eradication and its sub-items, in meetings on 20, 22 and 23 October 2014. After presentations of reports from the UN system, Member States' debate focused on: national-level experiences of poverty; vulnerable groups, especially women and girls; the post-2015 development agenda; the role of the UN system; and means of implementation for poverty eradication.

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3GF Launches Partnerships on Waste, Energy, SCP

3gf22 October 2014: The Fourth Global Green Growth Forum (3GF 2014) focused on the transformative actions required to promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP) for a greener economy. The Forum, held on 20-21 October 2014, in Copenhagen, Denmark, resulted in the launch or leveraging of 11 collaborative partnerships on waste, green energy solutions, sustainable production, and other issues.

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UN Appoints Senior Official to Follow Up WCIP

wcip15 October 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a senior official to coordinate a UN system-wide action plan for raising awareness of the rights of indigenous peoples and increasing the coherence of UN activities with regard to indigenous issues, following on a decision made at the World Conference of Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) in September 2014 (A/69/L.1). Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, will coordinate the UN system's follow-up action for the Conference.

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G77/China Ministerial Declaration Addresses Post-2015 Agenda, Climate Change

G77logo26 September 2014: The Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77 and China reaffirmed the report of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the basis for integrating the SDGs into the post-2015 development agenda, at the 38th Annual Meeting of Ministers. They also discussed poverty eradication, means of implementation (MOI) for the post-2015 agenda, South-South cooperation, climate change, trade, and terrorism and occupation, among other issues.

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Group of Seven States Urge Consideration of Post-2015 Review Mechanism

unga69September 2014: The Permanent Representatives of Egypt, Liechtenstein, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland have called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to include a reference, in his forthcoming synthesis report, to the importance of a review mechanism for the post-2015 development agenda.

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OHRLLS Recommends Greater Efforts to Eradicate Extreme Poverty in LDCs

UN-OHRLLS23 October 2014: Increased efforts are needed to eradicate extreme poverty by 2020 in the world's most vulnerable countries, according to the ‘State of Least Developed Countries 2014,' launched by the UN Office for LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS). The report, which is subtitled 'Follow up of the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries,' identifies gender equality, institutional frameworks, infrastructure development, service delivery and external factors as critical in reducing LDCs' extreme poverty.

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World Resources Forum Discusses Economic and Environmental Linkages

World Resources Forum22 October 2014: The 2014 World Resources Forum (WRF) brought together over 1,000 participants from 40 countries and international organizations to share knowledge and ideas on how to increase resource productivity, promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and mitigate climate change, while still maintaining and improving the quality of life for people everywhere.

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DESA Provides Update on FfD Conference Funding Needs

UNDESA22 October 2014: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) briefed UN Member States on funding requirements for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), with a focus on the FfD Trust Fund, and recalled the invitation in UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 68/279 for Member States and other donors to contribute to the trust fund to support the participation of representatives from developing countries, including LDCs, in the conference.

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International Day Stresses Need to 'Leave No One Behind'

poverty17 October 2014: The UN marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October 2014. UN Secretary-General issued a message highlighting the poor and vulnerable as "indispensable partners” in creating a world of dignity, opportunity and well-being, where no one is left behind, as “their knowledge and perspectives are vital in finding meaningful, durable solutions."

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Toolkit to Help Investors Support SDGs

global-compact-unctad-pri16 October 2014: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN Global Compact, and the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) have announced plans to develop a toolkit for institutional investors, companies and foundations to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with their investments.

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