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UN, NGO Event Considers Inclusive Review of Post-2015 Agenda

iass18 May 2015: The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Biovision and the Millennium Institute co-sponsored a side event to build on the outcomes of the High‐level Event on Follow‐Up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resource Management and Governance to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which took place on 12-13 May 2015.

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UNEP Calls for Resource-Efficient Growth in Asia-Pacific

UNEP19 May 2015: During the First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report detailing patterns of resource use in the Asia-Pacific region. The report, titled 'Indicators for a Resource Efficient and Green Asia and the Pacific,' finds that wasteful use of resources is detrimental the region's future growth, but that countries in the region have great potential for low-carbon and resource-efficient growth.

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Paper Identifies Options for Possible Technology Facilitation Mechanism

post201519 May 2015: A "food for thought paper" has been released regarding a possible Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM). The inputs to the paper include the revised draft Addis Ababa Accord for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), which was released on 6 May 2015, and discussions during the joint meeting of the FfD3 and post-2015 negotiations on 22 April, and the FfD3 intersessional discussions on 15 May 2015. The proposals are also informed by the work of the Informal inter-agency working group (IAWG) on a technology facilitation mechanism.

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ILO Warns Against Insecurity in Employment Market

ILO18 May 2015: Warning against “widespread insecurity in the global employment market,” the International Labour Organization (ILO) has published a report that indicates that 75% of workers are employed on temporary or short-term contracts in informal jobs. The report, titled ‘World Employment and Social Outlook 2015: The Changing Nature of Jobs,' which represents 84% of the global workforce, also underscores that women are disproportionately among those in temporary and part-time employment.

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Stakeholder Forum Assesses SDGs' Implications for Developed Countries

Stakeholder ForumMay 2015: Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future has undertaken a study to enhance understanding of the implications of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for developed countries, as developing countries tend to receive most of the attention in international discussions on the post-2015 development framework.

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Post-2015 Negotiations Begin Discussion on Follow-up and Review

post2015_in518 May 2015: The fifth session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda opened on 18 May 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The five-day session is focusing on follow-up and review of the post-2015 agenda.

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Member States Consider Revised Proposal on Post-2015 Summit Themes

post201515 May 2015: UN Member States held an informal discussion on the themes of the interactive dialogues of the UN summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, taking place in on 25-27 September. They considered a revised proposal for the six themes, as follows: Ending poverty and hunger; tackling inequalities and leaving no one behind; fostering sustainable economic transformation; protecting our planet, promoting sustainable consumption and production and tackling climate change; strengthening institutions to achieve sustainable development; and delivering on a revitalised Global Partnership.

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Stakeholders Publish Proposals for Post-2015, FfD

May 2015: Stakeholders and civil society groups have published numerous reports as inputs to the UN processes to define a post-2015 development agenda, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3). The reports offer proposals and recommendations on the financing, accountability and implementation of the post-2015 agenda, and consider the ambition and course of the negotiations ahead.

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FfD3 Negotiators Review Revised Draft Outcome

logo_ffdiii15 May 2015: The First Additional Session for the Preparatory Process for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) convened at UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 12-15 May 2015. Throughout the four-day session, delegates commented on a revised draft of the outcome document, the Addis Ababa Accord, which Co-Facilitators George Talbot, Permanent Representative of Guyana, and Geir Pedersen, Permanent Representative of Norway, had circulated prior to the session.

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Stakeholder Meeting on 10YFP Discusses Capacity to Shift SCP Patterns

10yfp14 May 2015: The 1st Global Stakeholder Meeting of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP) brought together over 90 participants, from governments, academia, civil society and international organizations, to: illustrate and explore the universal nature and added value of shifting towards sustainable consumption and production (SCP) for achievement of sustainable development; promote the 10YFP as an implementation mechanism of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and post-2015 development agenda, with a focus on programmes, their delivery at regional and national levels, and measurement of capacity built through them; and explore the capacity of the 10YFP and its programmes to support the SDGs and the shift to SCP patterns.

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Review of Natural Resource SDGs Focuses on Participatory, Country-Led Processes

iisdrs_nr-mechanisms13 May 2015: Reviewing and strengthening weak governance institutions at the national level will be crucial to managing natural resources for the long-term, according to participants at the International High-Level Event on Follow-up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resource Management and Governance to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The High-Level Event highlighted the importance of national review mechanisms that are effectively linked to the regional and international levels.

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First African Green Growth Forum Aims to Unlock Economic Potential

Global Green Growth Forum (3GF)13 May 2015: The first African Regional Green Growth Forum (3GF-Africa) aimed to identify barriers to Africa's sustainable development and ways to turn them into opportunities for green growth and improved livelihoods. The Forum, which brought together over 200 delegates, including African ministers of environment, policymakers, international financial and environmental experts, and private sector leaders, focused on new financing models for green growth, sustainable urbanization and sustainable lifestyles.

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UNEP Calls for Shifting US$2.5 Trillion Annually to Green Investment in Asia-Pacific

UNEP13 May 2015: In January 2014, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System. The Inquiry's initial research in the Asia-Pacific region, compiled for the Regional Consultation on Financing for Development (FfD) in Asia and the Pacific, has revealed that redirecting US$2.5 trillion annually toward green and inclusive economic activities in the region is crucial for sustainable development.

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WHO Reports Progress on Health-Related MDGs

WHO13 May 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report, titled 'World Health Statistics 2015,' which compiles data from 194 member States and summarizes progress made towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and associated targets. WHO reports that, by the end of 2015, the world is likely to achieve the MDGs for HIV, malaria, tuberculosis and drinking water access. However, the international community will likely fall short of achieving other health-related goals.

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Member States Continue Negotiations on FfD3 Outcome

logo_ffdiii13 May 2015: UN Member States continued their detailed discussion of the revised draft outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) on the second day of the first additional drafting session. Delegates considered paragraphs 10-38 of the document in paragraph-by-paragraph negotiations.

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Co-Facilitators Issue Discussion Paper on Follow-Up and Review

post201512 May 2015: The Co-Facilitators of the post-2015 negotiation process issued a discussion paper on follow-up and review of the post-2015 development agenda. The paper outlines some key elements on follow-up and review that emerged from post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations carried out so far, with the aim to inform the fifth session of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations, which will take place from 18-22 May 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York.

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ECOSOC Dialogue Discusses Funding of UN Development System

ECOSOC8 May 2015: As part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system, participants in a one-day workshop discussed the funding of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

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ECLAC Executive Secretary Outlines Importance of 2015

ECLAC7 May 2015: In an op-ed for the World Economic Forum blog, Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) explains why the year 2015 is critical for sustainable development, noting that three big events in 2015 – the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3), the UN summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, and the Paris Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 21) – share a common foundation: the call that emerged in the 1990s for more sustainable growth and development patterns.

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FfD3 Opens First Additional Drafting Session

logo_ffdiii12 May 2015: UN Member States convened for the first additional drafting session of the Outcome Document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3). On the first day, delegates provided general feedback on the revised draft of the Addis Ababa Accord, and considered the first nine paragraphs of the document in paragraph-by-paragraph negotiations.

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Group of Friends on Governance for Sustainable Development Discusses Coherence of Follow-up Frameworks for Post-2015 and FfD 3

post201512 May 2015: The Group of Friends on Governance for Sustainable Development held a workshop to discuss a coherent follow-up framework for the post-2015 development agenda and the Addis Ababa Accord. Several participants outlined that: the design of a review framework should not “start from scratch” but should take into account the institutional architecture and other elements that are already existent; a review and follow-up mechanism should not be based on a one-size-fits-all approach; and follow-up and review are critical for implementation.

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