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FfD Co-Facilitators Propose Road Map, Programme of Work

unga6913 October 2014: The co-facilitators of the consultations on all issues relating to the Third UN Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) and its preparatory process issued a letter to Member States proposing a programme of work for informal consultations, and a road map detailing the preparatory process. The proposals will be discussed in an informal consultation on 17 October 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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UN Officials Call for Ending Cycle of Violence against Girls, on International Day

United Nations11 October 2014: The International Day of the Girl Child 2014 was observed under the theme ‘Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence,' which was selected in recognition of the importance of investing in and empowering girls during adolescence, and preventing and eliminating the violence they face. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a statement to mark the day, underscored the role of his UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign in engaging stakeholders to raise awareness and increase political will and resources to combat violence against women and girls.

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Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi Win Nobel Peace Prize

nobel10 October 2014: Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova were among the UN officials welcoming the prize and the recipients' work.

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IRU, UNGC Symposium Explores Sustainable Transport in Post-2015 Agenda

global-iru10 October 2014: The International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the UN Global Compact held a symposium to discuss the role of road transport in promoting sustainable growth, facilitating regional integration, improving safety and security, and reducing poverty. 'Sustainable Transport as a Driver of Economic Development in the Post-2015 Development Agenda' took place on 10 October 2014, in New York, US.

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UNECE Committee Approves Work on Sustainable Housing and Urban Development, Land Management

Unece9 December 2014: The 75th session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) agreed on the text of the Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing and decided on new work regarding energy efficiency in housing, smart cities, urban planning and disaster risk reduction, social housing, preparations for the Third United Nations on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), and various issues in land administration and management.

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UNECE Agrees on Charter on Sustainable Housing

UNECE8 October 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) has agreed on the text of a Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing. While technically nonbinding, the Charter represents a political commitment by the 56 UNECE Member States to address a wide variety of environmental, health and social issues associated with housing, and provides guidelines and benchmarks for monitoring progress. It also supports policies and actions, and encourages international cooperation at all levels. The text was agreed during the Committee's 75th session, held on 8-9 October 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Second Committee Hears Proposals on Streamlining Agenda

unga699 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held a discussion on its working methods, in keeping with the mandate set out in UNGA resolution 68/307 on the revitalization of the Assembly.

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Future Earth Forum Announces Research Agenda, Programmes

futureearth24 September 2014: Future Earth, a global research platform on issues of sustainability, has announced its research agenda and a series of fast-track initiatives. At a gathering of scientists, researchers, and public and private decision-makers known as the 2014 Future Earth Forum, the network announced that the three central themes for its work will be: a dynamic plant; global sustainable development; and transformations towards sustainability.

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EMG Reports on Green Economy Knowledge Products

emgSeptember 2014: The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) has published a ‘Stocktaking Report on Green Economy Knowledge Products by UN Agencies and Partners,' which compiles toolkits, best practices, lessons learned and assessment methodologies that support learning and capacity building on green economy.

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OWG Co-Chairs Reflect on Sustainable Development

OWG13 October 2014: At an event hosted by the Women's International Forum, the Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reflected on the OWG's work and its proposed goals and targets. Csaba Kőrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary, and Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, spoke of the possibility of a more sustainable future, in a discussion on the theme 'Humanity at a Crossroad: How to Shape a New Sustainable Development Trajectory.' The Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General sponsored the event, which took place on 13 October 2014, in New York, US.

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WBG, IMF Report on Ending Poverty, Promoting Shared Prosperity

WB and IMF8 October 2014: The World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have reported that more needs to be done to end poverty and promote shared prosperity, by closing the gap in living standards between those in the bottom 40% of the population with those in the top 60%. The report argues that inclusive and sustainable growth is more effective in reducing poverty and promoting shared prosperity, particularly if such growth includes greater investment in human capital, judicious use of safety nets and environmental sustainability.

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States, Stakeholders Discuss 'Shared Societies' in Implementing Post-2015 Development

sidint8 October 2014: UN Member States and stakeholders discussed how the concept of “shared societies” can contribute to defining and implementing the post-2015 development agenda. Amina Mohammed, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning, Danilo Turk, former president of Slovenia, and Sanjay Reddy, 'Development' Editorial Board, spoke at the policy dialogue on 'Shared Societies Perspectives in the Post-2015 Development Agenda', organized by the Permanent Missions of Italy and Slovenia to the UN, the Club de Madrid and the Society for International Development (SID), on 8 October 2014, in New York, US.

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WB-IMF Event Addresses Post-2015 Financing for Development

2014annualmeetings10 October 2014: Participants recognized the role of financing in implementing a sustainable development agenda, at a meeting on ‘Post-2015 Financing for Development' on the sidelines of the 2014 annual meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Discussions addressed key pillars for a financing approach to the post-2015 development agenda, familiarized Ministers of Finance and Development with discussions on the post-2015 agenda, including the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and shared lessons learned.

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UNGA Second Committee Debates Priorities for 69th Session

unga699 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its General Debate for the 69th Session, on 7-9 October 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Interventions addressed Member States' priorities and views on means of implementation (MOI) for the post-2015 development agenda, issues related to financing for development (FfD), the needs of countries in special situations, and upcoming UN conferences. The Committee will also consider macroeconomic policy questions, sustainable development, human settlements, globalization, operational activities for development, and technology this session, among other agenda items.

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IEAG Solicits Input on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

data-recolution-group8 October 2014: Two members of the UN Secretary-General's Independent Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development outline the Group's efforts to craft a framework for the data revolution to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process and strengthen global accountability, in an article on the Group's website. The IEAG is also hosting an online consultation, which closes on 15 October 2014. The consultation seeks to gather input from all communities of practice, particularly academia.

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OECD Regional Report Shows Continued Income Disparity

OECD_NEW6 October 2014: The income gap between the best-off and worst-off regions has widened in 17 of the 34 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries since the 2008 financial crisis, according to the OECD Regional Outlook 2014. Titled ‘Regions and Cities: Where Policies and People Meet,' the report also describes inequality in other determinants of well-being, such as air quality, health and safety, and underscores the need for broader measures of well-being.

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HLP Members Call for Seven Actions for Post-2015 Negotiations

HLP On22 September 2014: Members of the UN Secretary-General's former High-level Panel (HLP) of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda have issued an open letter on priorities for the upcoming negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. The letter, which is signed by 18 of the Panel's former 27 members, including two of its three Co-Chairs, recalls the recommendations of the HLP's final report, and offers seven important areas for action in the year ahead.

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Global Compact Papers Highlight Private Sector's Role in Post-2015 Agenda

Globalcompact17 September 2014: The UN Global Compact has issued five briefing papers on how the private sector can help implement the post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Executive Briefs cover areas considered important to the role of business and investors in such implementation: partnerships; accountability; small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); private sustainability finance; and public sector policies. These topics are aligned with the Post-2015 Business Engagement Architecture, a UN Global Compact guide to corporate action on global priorities.

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Guyana, Norway Ambassadors to Continue Consultations on FfD Conference

the-president-of-the-unga8 October 2014: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa has announced the appointment of George Talbot, Permanent Representative of Guyana, and Geir Pedersen, Permanent Representative of Norway, as co-facilitators of “open, inclusive and transparent consultations” on all issues related to the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) and its preparatory process.

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Aid Transparency Index Ranks UNDP Most Transparent Aid Organization

UNDP8 October 2014: The 2014 Aid Transparency Index has ranked the UN Development Programme (UNDP) the most transparent aid organization, in an evaluation of 68 agencies worldwide. The Index assigned UNDP an overall score of 91% on 39 indicators that measure commitment to aid transparency and publication of aid information.

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