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UNCTAD Proposes Framework for Reviewing Post-2015 Agenda

UNCTAD1 July 2015: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published a policy brief on proposed objectives, guiding principles and an organizational framework for the post-2015 development agenda review process within the UN system. The review process should have two main objectives, according to the brief: to facilitate each government's progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and to assess the impact of the SDGs at the global level, by aggregating national and regional experiences and evaluating repercussions of national actions on human sustainability on the planet.

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UNStats Issues Report of IAEG-SDGs Meeting

unstats30 June 2015: The UN Statistics Division (UNStats) has issued the report of the first meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), which took place on 1-2 June 2015. The report notes that the IAEG-SDGs is mandated by the UN Statistical Commission to develop an indicator framework for the monitoring of the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda at the global level, and to support its implementation.

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World Bank, ILO Call for Universal Social Protection

world_bank_ilo30 June 2015: Outlining their vision of a world where anyone in need of social protection can access it at any time, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder issued a joint statement on the "unparalleled opportunity" presented by the post-2015 development agenda to realize universal social protection.

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GSDR 2015: Improved Science Needed for Sustainable Development Decision-Making

global-sustainable-development1 July 2015: The 2015 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) underscores the importance of science in guiding policy decisions for sustainable development. The report, called for by the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), provides a survey of scientific findings on oceans and livelihoods, sustainable consumption and production (SCP), disaster risk reduction (DRR), industrialization and the use of big data in Africa, among other issues.

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Member States, Civil Society Discuss Post-2015 National Implementation

un-foundation-mexico-denmark-savechildren30 June 2015: UN Member States and civil society discussed challenges and insights in the national implementation of the post-2015 development agenda, at a side event co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of Denmark, the Permanent Mission of Mexico, Save the Children, and the UN Foundation, during the third session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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World Bank's 2015 Little Green Data Book Highlights Costs of Air Pollution

World Bank16 June 2015: The World Bank released the 2015 edition of the 'Little Green Data Book,' its annual compilation of environment data. The latest edition includes new indicators for measuring air pollution, and demonstrates that it represents a significant cost to the economy and a risk to sustainability, which should be addressed by public health policy and national planning.

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Annual Contributions to UNFPA Exceed US$1 Billion in 2014

Unfpalogo2 June 2015: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) reported its highest-ever level of donor contributions in 2014, exceeding US$1 billion, in the context of stronger engagement with non-traditional donors such as the World Bank, the Global Fund and the Global Vaccine Alliance. The Fund's 2014 annual report, 'A Year of Renewal,' provides a breakdown of spending by region and by purpose, showing that over half of UNFPA's resources, US$501.2 million, was directed to promoting access to sexual and reproductive health services.

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Experts Provide Outcome Recommendations for FfD 3

logo_ffdiii30 June 2015: On the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) blog, experts have identified deliverables and policy recommendations that the FfD 3 could provide. Recent blog posts are authored by experts from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Partnership for Education, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Agence Française de Développement Group (AFD).

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UN Global Compact Celebrates 15th Anniversary, New Executive Director Appointed

globalcompact26 June 2015: Marking its 15th anniversary, the UN Global Compact convened a meeting titled 'Business as a Force for Good,' bringing together business and civil society to illustrate how the private sector is taking action and partnering to advance societal priorities, as well as the UN's post-2015 development agenda. During the meeting, Global Compact platforms and working groups convened their respective annual events, while smaller meetings focused on how to contribute to achieving the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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HLPF Begins Discussion of Role in Integration, Implementation and Review

iisdrs-hlpf26 June 2015: The third meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) opened with a focus on “Strengthening integration, implementation and review - the HLPF after 2015.” This year's Forum is convened under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

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'Project Everyone' Launches First Global Ad Campaign on SDGs

project-everyone24 June 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) outlined the plans of 'Project Everyone,' which was founded by Richard Curtis, filmmaker and founder of Comic Relief, in an effort to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) "the most famous goals on the planet" by sharing them with seven billion people in the seven days after their adoption. On 24 June, Curtis and other celebrities launched the ad campaign #WEHAVEAPLAN as part of Project Everyone. This Global Goals campaign is a collaborative effort to ensure that the SDGs are world famous and are successfully acted upon.

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Discussions Begin on Ensuring Success of SDG 14

fiji-goc-palau23 June 2015: Participants discussed progress in addressing ocean conservation, management and governance at a side event highlighting the upcoming Triennial Oceans and Seas Global Conferences. Speakers noted achievements in oceans governance, such as the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) recommendation to launch negotiations for a new implementing agreement under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the proposal by the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of a stand-alone goal to Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development (SDG 14).

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Post-2015 Negotiations Take Stock of Zero Draft

post2015-in625 June 2015: UN Member States and civil society provided their reactions to the zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, at the sixth session of intergovernmental negotiations in the process. The zero draft was issued by Co-Facilitators David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, and Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, on 2 June.

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UNCTAD Report Calls for Reform of Global International Investment Regime

UNCTAD24 June 2015: In its annual review of global foreign direct investment (FDI), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) highlights the need to harmonize the “global patchwork” of over 3,300 international investment agreements and to direct investment flows toward inclusive and sustainable development.

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UNDP Administrator Highlights "The Future Africa Wants"

UNDP22 June 2015: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark called for UNDP to be “proactive, responsive and entrepreneurial” in meeting the needs of African countries, in her remarks to the 2015 UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa Cluster Meeting. Clark discussed progress and challenges in achieving the African Union's (AU) Agenda 2063, and outlined five priorities for achieving "African emergence" and the post-2015 development agenda.

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DESA Reviews Knowledge Management Arrangements in Stakeholder Partnerships

sd-kplatformJune 2015: The UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs (DESA) has reviewed a range of multi-stakeholder partnerships relevant to various aspects of sustainable development, to support preparations for the implementation of proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17, on strengthening the means of implementation (MOI) and revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development. DESA highlights that the effectiveness of multi-stakeholder partnerships in the post-2015 era will depend on their ability to manage and share knowledge and expertise.

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ECOSOC Bureau Proposes Institutional Architecture for Post-2015 Implementation

ECOSOC22 June 2015: Members of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Bureau have issued a "food for thought" paper suggesting a possible institutional architecture for the review and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. The paper considers ECOSOC's existing platforms and processes, as well as the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF). It notes that pending the outcomes of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) and of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, and says the “ECOSOC system stands ready to expand the dedicated space to support follow-up and review for financing for development in the Council's cycle.”

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PFII Calls for Justice, Land Rights for Indigenous Peoples in Post-2015 Agenda

Unpfii2June 2015: The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) released the report of its 14th session, recommending that commitments made at the September 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) be reflected in the post-2015 development agenda, especially the agreed actions on: data disaggregation; land rights; traditional knowledge; free, prior and informed consent (FPIC); and access to justice.

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UNICEF Report Concludes MDGs “Not Ambitious Enough” for Children Most in Need

progress-fro-children23 June 2015: A report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on the achievement of child-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has concluded that, despite significant achievements, unequal opportunities have resulted for millions of children who die before they turn five, live in poverty, lack access to schooling and suffer from chronic malnutrition. In future efforts to achieve the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the report recommends focusing on the most disadvantaged of children and those who have been left behind.

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IFAD Calls for Leveraging Migrant Remittances to Promote Rural Development

IFAD15 June 2015: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) published a report on remittances from migrant workers based in Europe, calling for measures to ensure that the money helps families in developing countries build a better future. Titled ‘Sending Money Home: European flows and markets,' the report recommends measures to increase the financial resilience of remittance recipients, such as improving access to associated financial services, and lowering the transaction costs of financial transfers, which they estimate could free up around US$34 billion for development in rural areas.

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