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UNGA General Debate 2014 Continues Focus on MDGs, Post-2015 Agenda, SIDS

unga6929 September 2014: As the 69th UN General Assembly's (UNGA) General Debate entered its second week, speakers continued to reflect on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and outline their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda, including gender equality and women's empowerment, peace and security, and oceans. Small island developing States (SIDS) and landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) highlighted particular challenges and vulnerabilities, with some also addressing the challenge of graduation from least developed country (LDC) status.

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Global Citizen Festival Educates on Sustainable Development Issues

Global Citizen Festival27 September 2014: More than 60,000 people gathered in Central Park in New York, US, for the Third Annual Global Citizen Festival, to demonstrate global unity and support for ending extreme poverty by 2030. The festival featured musicians, actors and world leaders, and was broadcast around the world. It aimed to educate participants and viewers about sustainability issues including sanitation, education and vaccine provision, while securing new commitments and partnerships for action.

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CSOs Provide Inputs on Post-2015

OWGSeptember 2014: Numerous civil society organizations have provided inputs on the post-2015 development agenda. Recent position papers and other documents react to the report of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and discuss, inter alia: climate change; gender equality; freedom of expression; financing for development; equality; means of implementation; and communication of the post-2015 development agenda.

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UN General Debate Continues Addressing Post-2015 Agenda on Day 4

unga6927 September 2014: At the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate, Heads of State and Government continued their discussion of the post-2015 development agenda alongside consideration of a range of other issues.

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69th General Debate Addresses Post-2015, Countries in Special Situations

unga6926 September 2014: Speaking at the 69th UN General Assembly's (UNGA) General Debate, on its third day, Heads of State and Government continued highlighting their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda, including on countries in special situations. Speakers also discussed global challenges such as security, terrorism, UN reform, climate change and sustainable energy.

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MDG Advocacy Group Urges Greater Effort, Predicting "Neither Medals Nor Rest"

un mdg25 September 2014: At its fifth annual meeting in New York, US, the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Advocacy Group showcased successes and urged greater efforts in the remaining 462 days to attain the MDGs. The Group convened a meeting of 300 eminent persons, and released a collection of short articles, titled ‘Accelerating Action: Global Leaders on Challenges & Opportunities for MDG Achievement.'

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USAID, DFID Call for MDG Innovation, Launch Innovation Fund

mdg-201423 September 2014: With 15 months left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), an MDG Countdown event on the margins of the 69th UN General Assembly sought to encourage momentum. Focusing on the theme 'Innovating for Impact,' the event was hosted by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID), on 23 September 2014, in New York, US.

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SDSN Experts Discuss FfD Negotiations

unsdsn22 September 2014: The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) hosted an expert group meeting to discuss views on the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), which will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in July 2015. Subjects of discussion included: the role of public-private partnerships; climate financing; official development assistance (ODA); private investment; and regulatory reform.

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IOM-MPI Brief Proposes SDG Targets on Quality of Migration

iomlogompi17 September 2014: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) have proposed specific migration targets for inclusion in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ‘Integrating Migration into the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda' highlights the importance of migration as a driver of development, and of improving the quality of migration.

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UNMC, World We Want Collect Views on 'MY Green World'

mygreenSeptember 2014: The UN Millennium Campaign and World We Want 2015 launched consultations to support the building of MY Green World, a MY World "spin-off" survey that will gather citizen perceptions on climate change solutions and support for government measures to tackle climate change within the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The survey will provide policy makers with insights on which climate change actions have popular support in different parts of the world.

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69th General Debate Continues Discussion of Post-2015 Agenda, Highlights Biodiversity, SIDS Issues

UNGA25 September 2015: During the second day of the general debate for the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA), speakers focused on the post-2015 development agenda and climate change, as well as issues related to international security and UN reform. Several speakers identified development enablers, with many emphasizing that sustainable development cannot be achieved without peace and security.

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UNIDO, UN Global Compact Launch Report of Post-2015 Dialogue

The World We Want24 September 2014: The UN Global Compact and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) held a high-level briefing and panel discussion to launch the synthesis report from global consultations on engaging the private sector in the post-2015 development agenda. The event took place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 24 September 2014, as part of the 69th UN General Assembly's high-level week.

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Regional Ministerial Consultation Outlines Roles in Accountability Framework

UNECE23 September 2014: Participants at the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Regional Ministerial Consultation agreed that a monitoring and accountability framework should be an integral part of the post-2015 development agenda's formulation. The meeting, which took place from 15-16 September 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland, addressed the roles of global, regional, national and local levels within a multi-layered architecture and adaption and integration of existing mechanisms.

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69th UN General Debate Opens, Addressing Post-2015 Agenda, Climate Change

UNGA24 September 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its 69th General Debate on 24 September 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Many Heads of State and Government addressed the post-2015 development agenda, including its architecture and means of implementation (MOI). Many applauded UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's UN Climate Summit the day before, with several calling for future actions, including a legally binding agreement on climate change. Speakers also addressed strengthening international security, reforming the UN and tackling Ebola.

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World Conference Reaffirms Commitment to Indigenous Peoples' Rights

wcip23 September 2014: Delegates at the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) adopted an outcome document calling for the appointment of a high-level UN official on indigenous peoples, and for UN system-wide coherence of efforts to bring about the full realization of indigenous peoples' rights. The conference outcome urges all concerned to address the needs of indigenous women, youth, persons with disabilities, and older people.

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UNGA Completes 20-year Review of ICPD

icpd22 September 2014: The UN General Assembly held a Special Session on follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014, marking the culmination of the ICPD 20-year review assessing the status of implementation. Speakers acknowledged great gains in poverty eradication and access to reproductive health care since the ICPD in Cairo in 1994, while calling for greater attention to tackling ongoing issues of inequality and discrimination.

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SDG Scorecard Enables Users to Rank Proposed Goals and Targets

The World We WantSeptember 2014: The World We Want platform will host a scorecard for policymakers and others to rank the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) along three dimensions: ambition, ability to prompt action, and accountability.

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SG Report on Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition Recommends Priorities for Post-2015 Agenda

United NationsAugust 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon submitted a report to the UN General Assembly's 69th Session on ‘Agriculture development, food security and nutrition' (A/69/279). The report examines progress in achieving food security and nutrition, increasing agricultural production, and reducing agricultural loss and waste. It also considers how to maintain momentum on food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda.

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Data Expert Group Seeking Civil Society, Academic Participants for First Meeting

UN logo19 September 2014: The UN Secretary-General's Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development (IEAG) announced outreach arrangements for its first meeting, which is scheduled to take place on 25-26 September 2014, in New York, US.

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UNGA's Second Committee Launches Work

UNGA19 September 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its organizational session for UNGA 69, on 19 September 2014, in New York, US. The Second Committee will conduct its substantive work from 7 October until 26 November, beginning with the general debate on 7-9 October.

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