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OHRLLS Recommends Greater Efforts to Eradicate Extreme Poverty in LDCs

UN-OHRLLS23 October 2014: Increased efforts are needed to eradicate extreme poverty by 2020 in the world's most vulnerable countries, according to the ‘State of Least Developed Countries 2014,' launched by the UN Office for LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS). The report, which is subtitled 'Follow up of the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries,' identifies gender equality, institutional frameworks, infrastructure development, service delivery and external factors as critical in reducing LDCs' extreme poverty.

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World Resources Forum Discusses Economic and Environmental Linkages

World Resources Forum22 October 2014: The 2014 World Resources Forum (WRF) brought together over 1,000 participants from 40 countries and international organizations to share knowledge and ideas on how to increase resource productivity, promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and mitigate climate change, while still maintaining and improving the quality of life for people everywhere.

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DESA Provides Update on FfD Conference Funding Needs

UNDESA22 October 2014: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) briefed UN Member States on funding requirements for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), with a focus on the FfD Trust Fund, and recalled the invitation in UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 68/279 for Member States and other donors to contribute to the trust fund to support the participation of representatives from developing countries, including LDCs, in the conference.

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International Day Stresses Need to 'Leave No One Behind'

poverty17 October 2014: The UN marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October 2014. UN Secretary-General issued a message highlighting the poor and vulnerable as "indispensable partners” in creating a world of dignity, opportunity and well-being, where no one is left behind, as “their knowledge and perspectives are vital in finding meaningful, durable solutions."

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Toolkit to Help Investors Support SDGs

unctad-ri-globalcompact16 October 2014: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN Global Compact, and the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) have announced plans to develop a toolkit for institutional investors, companies and foundations to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with their investments.

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LLDC PrepCom 2 Concludes, Consultations on Draft Outcome Continuing

UN-OHRLLS22 October 2014: The second session of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Second UN Conference on the Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) concluded on 22 October 2014, in New York, US. The session, which was initially scheduled for 2-3 October 2014, resumed after being postponed on 2 October 2014, after the first day of discussions.

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ICESDF Co-Chairs Brief Member States

UNDESA17 October 2014: In a briefing organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the co-chairs of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) summarized and reflected on its final recommendations, which were reached in August 2014. The ICESDF Report is currently before the UN General Assembly (UNGA) as A/69/315.

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Second Committee Debates Sustainable Development

unga6916 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) considered agenda item 19 on Sustainable Development and its sub-items, on 15-16 October 2014, with Member States responding to UN system reports on related issues.

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Member States Start Preparations for 3rd FfD Conference, SG Announced

unga6917 October 2014: UN Member States held their first substantive informal session of the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), on 17 October 2014, in New York, US. Delegations considered the proposed road map and annex circulated by the co-facilitators before the consultation, and exchanged general views on the Conference and related issues.

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IAEG Invites Comments on Data-Related Rights

data-recolution-group14 October 2014: Consultations conducted by the UN Secretary-General's Independent Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development have highlighted a shared concern for data-related rights, according to a blog post by two members of the Group, Carmen Barroso, the Regional Director, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region, and Katell Le Goulven, Chief of Policy Planning, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). They note that, while data have the potential to empower people, there are privacy and accessibility implications that need to be considered.

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Civil Society and Academics Issue Open Letters, Other Inputs on Post-2015

October 2014: Civil society organizations and academics have published new research and inputs to the post-2015 development agenda and reactions to the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Recent position papers and other documents discuss the importance of data, serve as open letters to the UN Secretary-General on specific issues, and examine the structural challenges of negotiating a new agenda.

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UNCTAD Report Recommends Policy Flexibility to Achieve Post-2015 Agenda

UNCTAD10 September 2014: Strengthened domestic and regional demand, accompanied by better income distribution, is necessary to put the world economy on a path towards sustainable growth, according to the 2014 issue of the Trade and Development Report (TDR), titled 'Global Governance and Policy Space for Development,' published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The 2014 report underscores the role of proactive trade and industrial policies in the post-2015 development agenda, and highlights policies that can help achieve sustained economic growth, poverty reduction and full employment.

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UNDP, ESCAP, ADB Convene E-Discussion on Next Steps for Global Partnership

unescap-adb-undpOctober 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are convening an e-discussion on next steps for a global partnership for development. The outcomes are expected to inform a forthcoming ESCAP/ADB/UNDP Asia-Pacific MDG Report on Means of Implementation (MOI) and the Global Partnership for Development.

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World Investment Forum Addresses SDG Financing Needs

world.investmet.forum16 October 2014: Representatives of governments, the UN and businesses considered solutions for financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during their discussions at the World Investment Forum 2014. The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which organizes the annual Forum, has estimated that developing countries will face an annual investment gap of US$2.5 trillion over the lifetime of the SDGs (2016 to 2030), and public resources will not be able to meet the SDG-implied financial demands.

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UNGA President Appoints Co-Facilitators for Post-2015 Negotiations

unga6917 October 2014: The President of the UN General Assembly informed UN Member States that he has appointed David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, and Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, as co-facilitators "to lead open, inclusive, and transparent consultations on the post-2015 development agenda, including the organization and modalities for the intergovernmental negotiations and the remaining issues related to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda."

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SOFA 2014 Focuses on Family Farming and Innovation

FAO16 October 2014: Family farmers are crucial to eradicating hunger and achieving sustainable food security and rural development, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2014, ‘Innovation in Family Farming.' The report highlights innovation as key for family farmers to achieve these goals.

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UN Spotlights Role of Rural Women in Climate, SDGs

United Nations15 October 2014: This year's International Day of Rural Women emphasized that rural women are critical for achieving the transformational economic, environmental and social changes required for sustainable development. In a statement marking the day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said rural women are essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a universal climate agreement, and urged addressing the discrimination and deprivation that rural women suffer, including lack of access to land, markets, finance, social protection and services.

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UNESCO to Launch Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development

UNESCO15 October 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced it will launch the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) at the World Conference on ESD, in November 2014. The GAP aims to generate and scale up ESD action at all education levels to accelerate progress towards sustainable development and contribute to the post-2015 development agenda.

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Statistics Group Launches Survey on Broader Measures of Progress, SDG Indicator Availability

United Nations13 October 2014: The Co-Chairs of the Friends of the Chair Group on Broader Measures of Progress (FOC), T.C.A. Anant and P. Cuneo, have invited National Statistical Offices to participate in a survey on national practices on broader measures of progress to complement Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and related indicator availability for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their associated targets. The FOC Group will report the results to the 46th session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC), in 2015.

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UN Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport Calls for Paradigm Shift

United Nations9 October 2014: At an informal meeting of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, members discussed its scope of work and priority areas. Members recognized urbanization as key in addressing transport challenges, and said a paradigm shift is needed, encompassing changes in consumer behavior and culture, and commitments to changing unsustainable consumption patterns.

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