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UNESCO IPDC Urges Inclusion of Media, Freedom of Expression in Post-2015 Agenda

UNESCO25 November 2014: Members of the Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) expressed disappointment that “media and freedom of expression are not at the heart of the future development agenda but only in the periphery,” in a decision of the Council's 29th session. The proceedings reflected on advocacy efforts around media and the post-2015 development agenda, and agreed on the importance of continuing to urge the inclusion of media and freedom of expression during negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.

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DESA, NGLS Establishing Post-2015 Stakeholder Steering Committee

NGLS21 November 2014: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) have called for applications from NGO representatives to be a part of a Post-2015 Stakeholder Steering Committee. The Committee will engage in planning for a preparatory forum for intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, in order to attract a broad and diverse coalition of stakeholders to participate in the preparatory forum, as well as the intergovernmental negotiations.

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Open Government Partnership of the Americas Recommends Goal 16 Targets

ogp19 November 2014: Representatives of governments and civil society organizations gathered at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Regional Meeting for the Americas called on the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to include targets related to accountability, access to justice and transparency in Goal 16 of the post-2015 development agenda, underscoring the role of such targets in promoting national implementation of commitments.

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OAS, UNEP Increase Cooperation on Environmental Rule of Law

OASUNEP19 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Organization of American States (OAS) signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on fostering sustainable development and cooperate on implementation of environmental rule of law. The MoU was signed at the UN's Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo, in Washington, DC, US. The agreement seeks to build on the cooperation begun by OAS and UNEP in the lead-up to the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and the World Conference on Justice, Governance, and Law for Environmental Sustainability.

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LAC Review Supports Mainstreaming Gender, Human Rights in Post-2015 Agenda

UN Women21 November 2014: Delegates from 21 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean reaffirmed their commitment to the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) and to removing barriers to women's active participation in public and private life. In an Outcome Statement, the region's governments also call for a specific target on gender equality in the post-2015 development agenda, and for mainstreaming gender and human rights in all the objectives, targets and indicators.

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Side Event Highlights Data in SDG Implementation

SDG Implementation21 November 2014: Governments and stakeholders discussed data and development at a panel discussion organized by the Netherlands' Mission to the UN, the UN Foundation, and Leiden University. 'Data for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Monitoring Post-2015 Progress and Implementation' featured an expert discussion of data's importance in monitoring the post-2015 development agenda, and potential pitfalls of data collection.

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Parliaments, UN Discuss Shared Responsibilities in SDGs, Post-2015 Process

Ipu20 November 2014: During a Parliamentary Hearing at the UN, participants examined the responsibilities shared by governments and parliaments in ensuring that people are at the center of the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The annual hearing was organized jointly by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the UN.

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UNICEF Report Calls for Innovation to Address Inequalities Among Children

Unicef Logo20 November 2014: “Brave, fresh thinking” and innovation are needed to overcome age-old inequalities that prevent children from surviving, thriving and maximizing their potential, according to 'The State of the World's Children 2015: Reimagine the Future.' The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) launched the report on the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention of the Rights of the Child.

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ILO Finds Richer Countries Reducing, Developing Countries Expanding Social Protection

ILO17 November 2014: A policy paper from the International Labour Organization (ILO) finds that high-income countries have reduced social protection benefits in the past five years, while many developing countries are expanding social services.

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ICN2 Endorses “Landmark” Rome Declaration on Nutrition

His Holiness Pope Francis21 November 2014: Participants endorsed the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and an accompanying technical Framework for Action to guide the Declaration's implementation at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN 2). The conference was jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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UN Highlights ISID on Africa Industrialization Day

UN logo20 November 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) and the Office of the Permanent Observer of the African Union (AU) hosted a High-level panel discussion on 'Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID): African Agro Industry for Food Security' to commemorate Africa Industrialization Day 2014.

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DESA Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development Appointed

UN logo19 November 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Lenni Montiel of Venzeuela as the Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Economic Development in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

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ECOSOC Discusses Food Security and Post-2015

ECOSOC17 November 2014: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) discussed food security and the post-2015 development agenda at its final 2014 Coordination and Management Meeting. UN Member States had an interactive dialogue with Gerda Verburg, Chair of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), and discussed CFS' role in implementing the post-2015 development agenda.

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PFII Report Says Many UN Indigenous Initiatives Remain “Institutionally Marginalized”

Unpfii12 November 2014: A UN report on the application of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) highlights the need for greater participation by indigenous individuals and communities in UN projects and programmes relating to indigenous issues, and notes that many such initiatives, while valuable, remain “institutionally marginalized.” The report from the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII), titled 'Partnering with Indigenous Peoples: Experiences and Practices,' identifies examples of good practice from within the UN system during the lead-up to the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP).

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Asia-Pacific Beijing+20 Review Pledges Strengthened Partnerships, Accountability, Funding

beijing20.unwomen20 November 2014: Governments adopted the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Advancing Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, pledging to strengthen institutions and partnerships, enhance accountability, support regional cooperation and increase resources to advance gender equality and women's empowerment across the Asia-Pacific region. The declaration was adopted at the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review, which is one in a series of regional reviews of the Beijing Platform for Action adopted in 1995.

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UNEG Chair Highlights Need for Evaluation in Post-2015 Agenda

UN20 November 2014: UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) Chair, Deborah Rugg, outlined the importance of evaluation in the post-2015 development agenda during a presentation at the 17th Network Meeting of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC). Rugg described evaluation as a bridge that can connect monitoring and accountability at global, regional, national and local levels, and highlighted a UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on national evaluation capacity development.

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PAGE Study Illustrates Senegal's Green Economy Potential

PAGE18 November 2014: Transitioning to a green economy in Senegal could help lift half a million people out of poverty, create 300,000 jobs and improve environmental outcomes, according to a Green Economy Scoping Study. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) presented the report at an event to launch the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) in Senegal, marking the country's admission into the PAGE initiative.

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First-ever Global Nutrition Report Identifies Accountability As Key Challenge

Global Nutrition Report 201417 November 2014: “Relying on coordinated action across sectors—none of which makes nutrition its primary goal—allows policymakers to avoid responsibility” for achieving global malnutrition targets, according to the Global Nutrition Report (GNR), titled ‘Actions and Accountability to Accelerate the World's Progress on Nutrition.' The first-ever global report on nutrition, which was authored by an independent expert group, finds the world is off track in achieving global malnutrition targets, and calls for increased accountability and action to combat global malnutrition.

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GSDR 2015 Draft Outline Released

DESANovember 2014: A draft of the outline for the 2015 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) is now available on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. The draft outline lists eight chapters, including a description of the aims of each chapter and key questions to be addressed.

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Governments Discuss Global Context for FfD, Public and Private Finance

69th Session of the UNGA13 November 2014: UN Member States have concluded a series of substantive informal sessions of the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD). Governments considered 'The Global Context', in a one-day discussion on 10 November 2014, followed by a three-day discussion on 'Mobilization and effective use of resources,' which addressed domestic public finance, international public finance, and private finance, on 11-13 November.

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