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UNECA Holds Regional Consultation on FfD, Prepares Common Position

UNECA24 March 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) hosted a regional consultation for high-level political and Central Bank representatives, NGOs, civil society and the private sector to discuss: financing the post-2015 development agenda; Africa's progress since the Monterrey Consensus; climate financing; international private financial flows; international public finance and sovereign debt; trade, partnerships, technology and innovation; systemic issues; and monitoring, data and follow up, among other issues. The results of the consultation will be included as part of a Common African Position for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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Panel Identifies Priorities for Oceans SDG

ocean_sdg24 March 2015: The Permanent Mission of Fiji, Permanent Mission of Sweden and the Global Ocean Commission (GOC) held a panel discussion on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on oceans, seas and marine resources, and the importance of these resources' in the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNECE Consultation Considers Ways to Unlock Financing for Sustainable Development

UNECE23 March 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Regional UN Development Group for Europe and Central Asia held a regional consultation to discuss financing for development, with a focus on strategies and instruments in the UNECE region to promote resource mobilization for sustainable development and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. The outcome will be included in a Chair's Summary, as an input to the intergovernmental negotiations ahead of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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ILO High-level Segment Addresses UN Fit for Purpose, Decent Work for All

ILO23 March 2015: Amina Mohammed, UN Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, and Faruk Celik, Minister of Work and Social Security, Turkey, discussed the post-2015 development agenda and the Group of 20 (G20) priorities during a high-level segment of the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Governing Body. The discussion addressed, inter alia: the importance of decent work for all; a UN fit for purpose; and next steps in implementing the post-2015 agenda.

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Civil Society Calls for Ambitious Targets and Indicators for SDG on Energy

measuring_what_matters23 March 2015: A policy brief representing the views of 28 civil society organizations (CSOs), companies and umbrella organizations outlines targets and indicators to support the proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on energy. Produced by Practical Action, Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the brief calls for robust indicators and clear milestones.

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SDSN Releases Revised Report on Indicators, Monitoring for SDGs

unsdsn20 March 2015: The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) released an updated draft report on ‘Indicators and a Monitoring Framework for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Launching a data revolution for the SDGs.' The draft incorporates conclusions and recommendations from a recent UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) meeting and Expert Group Meeting on the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda, as well as recommendations from public consultations held in January 2015.

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Commission Discusses Effects of Tax Avoidance on Poverty, Inequality

icrictMarch 2015: Participants discussed reforms to address corporate tax avoidance, and its impact on poverty and inequality, at the inaugural meeting of the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT). A broad coalition of organizations initiated ICRICT, including Action Aid, Alliance-Sud, CCFD-Terre Solidaire, Christian Aid, the Council for Global Unions, the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, Oxfam, Public Services International, Tax Justice Network and the World Council of Churches.

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CSW 59 Closes with Renewed Commitments, Calls for Continued Action on Gender Equality

CSW5920 March 2015: Governments agreed on steps to advance gender equality and women's empowerment at the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59), including on aligning the work of the Commission with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF). Governments also adopted a Political Declaration during the opening session, which outlines actions to ensure the full, effective and accelerated implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action.

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UNGA President Releases Concept Notes for Business, Civil Society Hearings for FfD 3

69th Session of the UNGA18 March 2015: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released concept notes for informal interactive hearings with representatives of the business sector and civil sector on the financing for development (FfD) process. The hearing with the business sector will convene on 8 April 2015, followed by the hearing with civil society on 9 April 2015. The hearings are mandated in UNGA Resolution 68/279 as part of the preparatory process for the Third International Conference on FfD.

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GGKP Conference Explores Fiscal Measures for Green Economy Transitions

green-growth-plataformMarch 2015: Participants explored fiscal measures for climate change mitigation and adaptation, environmental taxes in developing countries, sustainable water management, green fiscal reform and incentives for clean energy investments, among other topics at the Green Growth Knowledge Platform's (GGKP) third annual conference. The conference report, titled ‘Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition: Generating Knowledge, Creating Impact,' highlights key messages and provides an overview of the sessions.

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ECOSOC Issues Road Map for Dialogue on UN Development System

ECOSOC27 February 2015: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) issued a road map for its dialogue process on "the longer-term positioning of the UN Development System." The dialogue will inform the outcome of the next UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) - the mechanism through which the UNGA assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of the UN development system.

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Post-2015 Negotiations Take up Indicator Framework

post_2015_negotiations23 March 2015: Opening the third session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda to a full room and gallery, Co-Facilitator Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, suggested that the process is attracting greater interest, and said “we have real traction” on creating the post-2015 development agenda.

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NGOs Make Recommendations on Food Security, Agriculture in Post-2015, FfD 3

biovision_millennium20 March 2015: Biovision and the Millennium Institute have issued two briefs outlining their positions on the post-2015 development agenda with a focus on food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture, as well as a reaction to the zero draft of the outcome document from the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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UN Statistical Commission Assesses SDG Indicators

post201518 March 2015: The co-facilitators for intergovernmental negotiation process on the post-2015 development agenda have released a working draft of a technical report by the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) on global indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets. The report is expected to be discussed during the third session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, convening on 23-27 March 2015.

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Germany Announces Increase in Development Budget

germany18 March 2015: The German Federal Cabinet agreed to increase its development budget by 13.2% to €7.4 billion, in addition to the already committed €7.5 billion, according to an announcement from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The funds will be used to: support environmental and natural resource protection, including the promotion of environmental and social standards in global supply chains; strengthen health systems, particularly immunization programs for children; tackle hunger; and address refugee crises, among other programmes.

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CSOs Offer Input to FfD, Post-2015 Processes

March 2015: NGOs and civil society groups have released numerous reports and articles detailing positions on the process to create the post-2015 development agenda. Recent publications include inputs to the intergovernmental negotiations on the agenda, specific proposals regarding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) and targets, and reactions to the zero draft of the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3), the Addis Ababa Accord.

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Co-facilitators Release Zero Draft of Addis Ababa Accord

FfD16 March 2015: The Co-Facilitators of the preparatory process for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) have issued the zero draft of the Conference outcome document. Geir Pedersen, Permanent Representative of Norway, and George Talbot, Permanent Representative of Guyana, note in a 16 March letter to UN Member States that the draft is intended to provide a holistic and forward-looking framework and concrete actions for the financing of sustainable development, in order to deliver the means of implementation (MOI) for post-2015 development agenda.

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UNECA Assesses Convergence Between African Priorities, SDGs

UNECAMarch 2015: The post-2015 development agenda “provides a unique opportunity to ensure that pertinent and specific challenges and aspirations are elevated for global consideration and action,” according to a progress report released by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). ‘The Post-2015 Development Agenda, Agenda 2063, the SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan and the COMESA Medium Term Strategic Plan: Assessing Convergence' assesses the alignment of African continental, sub-regional and national priorities with the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNEP 'Our Planet' 2015 Focuses on SDGs

UNEPMarch 2015: An integrated, universal approach to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda is essential, according to the 2015 issue of ‘Our Planet,' a publication from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Regional Commissions Present Findings on Beijing Implementation

CSW5912 March 2015: The five UN regional commissions discussed priority areas for advancing gender equality and women's empowerment during the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59).

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