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Governments Discuss Global Context for FfD, Public and Private Finance

69th Session of the UNGA13 November 2014: UN Member States have concluded a series of substantive informal sessions of the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD). Governments considered 'The Global Context', in a one-day discussion on 10 November 2014, followed by a three-day discussion on 'Mobilization and effective use of resources,' which addressed domestic public finance, international public finance, and private finance, on 11-13 November.

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L20 Urges G20 to Address Climate Change, Green Growth, Inequalities

L2014 November 2014: The Labour 20 (L20) called on the Group of 20 (G20) to take action on climate change and green growth, and to implement a plan for jobs and growth that reduces inequality. The L20 unites trade unions from G20 countries and Global Unions, and seeks to represent workers' interests at the G20 level.

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Sustainable Transport Advisory Group Sets Priority Areas, 3-Year Work Plan

United Nations18 November 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport has agreed on priority areas and a work plan for its three-year term. The Advisory Group agreed to consider the potential for sustainable transport to contribute to poverty alleviation, sustainable urbanization and sustainable growth, among other topics, and to promote the integration of sustainable transport in relevant intergovernmental processes, including the post-2015 development agenda.

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15 Members of Future Earth Engagement Committee Appointed

futureearth18 November 2014: The Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability has announced 15 members of the Future Earth Engagement Committee. The members will provide leadership and strategic guidance on engaging partners and stakeholders of Future Earth - a ten-year global research platform - in designing and disseminating research.

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FAO 'Pocketbook' Highlights Environment, Food Security, Nutrition Links

FAO17 November 2014: The world produces more food than it needs, leaving deep resource footprints in terms of carbon emissions, environmental degradation and land and water use, yet it is off track in achieving the World Food Summit (WFS) target of reducing the number of hungry people by 2015, according to ‘Food and Nutrition in Numbers.' The publication from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) provides a "pocketbook" compendium on the global state of nutrition.

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Co-Facilitators Propose Modalities for Post-2015 Negotiations

69th Session of the UNGA17 November 2014: The co-facilitators for intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda have issued a "food-for-thought paper" on the modalities of the negotiations, based on consultations on 4 and 10 November 2014. Transmitting the paper, UN General Assembly President Sam Kutesa informs Member States that consultations will resume 3 and 16 December 2014, aiming to finalize the modalities by the end of the year, so substantive negotiations can begin in January 2015.

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Symposium Reflects on OWG, Identifies Science Needs for SDGs

iges-post201515 November 2014: At a symposium on ‘Science and the Sustainable Development Goals,' Csaba Kőrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN and Co-Chair of the Open Working Group on SDGs, and Mark Stafford Smith, Chair of Future Earth Science Committee, Science Director of Climate Adaptation Flagship at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), reflected on the proposed SDGs, and outlined ways for scientists to help shape the goal set going forward.

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Australia, Finland and Switzerland Elected to ECOSOC

ECOSOC10 November 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) elected Australia, Finland and Switzerland to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in a single secret ballot. The new members will fill the unexpired terms of office of Canada, Denmark and New Zealand. All will begin their terms of office on 1 January 2015, with Australia's term lasting one year, and Finland and Switzerland's term ending in two years, on 31 December 2016.

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UNECE Holds First Regional Review of Beijing+20

beijing20.unwomen7 November 2014: Participants from the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region reviewed both achievements and challenges in implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, at a high-level Regional Review meeting on Beijing+20. Recommendations focused on: promoting labor market policies and laws on gender equality; women's equal representation in policy and decision-making; prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls; women's and girl's access to justice, including as a strategy to realize other rights; and implementation of all areas of the Beijing Declaration.

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African Civil Society Assesses Progress on Beijing Platform for Action

beijing20.unwomen7 November 2014: Participants at an African civil society forum discussed the Beijing Platform for Action's 12 critical areas of concern, noting achievements in economic, political and social aspects, but recognizing that progress has been slow, and noting fatigue among those leading the women's movement. The forum was organized by UN Women, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMENT) and IPAS, as part of the Beijing 20-year review process (Beijing+20).

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World We Want 2015, UNICEF Report on World Children Want

The World We Want3 November 2014: Children emphasized the importance of family in their happiness and well-being, in an e-consultation on the post-2015 development agenda hosted on by World We Want 2015. The consultation posed 11 questions to children, ranging from what makes them happy and what they would like to change in their community, to describing what sustainable development means to them.

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UN Member States Pledge $650 Million for UN Development Work

UN logo12 November 2014: Twenty-six UN Member States pledged approximately US$650 million for UN development work at the 2014 UN Pledging Conference. The amount represents an increase of $US72 million compared to pledges announced in 2014 as well as a significant increase in contributions from non-Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance (DAC) countries.

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UNEP IRP Concludes 15th Meeting; Names Potočnik as Co-Chair

International Resource Panel8 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) International Resource Panel (IRP) selected Janez Potočnik, the former European Union (EU) Commissioner for the Environment, as the new IRP Co-Chair, at its 15th meeting. The Panel also identified future areas of research, including: poverty eradication and natural resources governance; restoration and resilience of land biodiversity and ecosystem services; and circular economy and innovation.

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UN Decade of ESD Concludes; Launches Global Action Programme

unesco-10ypf12 November 2014: A three-day conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), convened by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Government of Japan, concluded with a declaration calling for urgent action to mainstream education for sustainable development (ESD) and include ESD in the post-2015 development agenda.

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POST2015 Project Briefs on Malnutrition "Double Burden"

iges-post201510 November 2014: The UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Tokyo Institute of Technology, and the Earth System Governance Project have published POST2015/UNU-IAS Policy Brief #6, titled ‘Ending the Double Burden of Malnutrition: Addressing the Food and Health Nexus in the Sustainable Development Goals.' The authors stress that improvement in economic conditions can lead to higher obesity risk, and suggest that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) address this by correlating targets and indicators, and delivery of educational programmes to increase health literacy globally.

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Governments Conclude Initial Exchange of Views on Post-2015 Negotiations

unga6910 November 2014: UN Member States convened for the second informal meeting of the plenary on the organization and modalities of intergovernmental negotiations and remaining issues related to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. The co-facilitators – David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, and Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya – expect to issue a “starting document” by the week of 17 November, covering the process, road map, and scope of work for intergovernmental negotiations.

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PFII Chair Calls for Third Decade of Indigenous Peoples

Unpfii27 November 2014: As the Second Decade of Indigenous Peoples draws to a close at the end of 2014, the Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples (UNPFII), Dalee Sambo Dorough, has urged UN Member States to declare a third such decade, to promote implementation of commitments.

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IEAG Launches Report on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

data-recolution-group6 November 2014: The Independent Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development launched its final report, titled 'A World That Counts: Mobilizing The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development,' which will inform the UN Secretary General's synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda and the subsequent intergovernmental process.

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Regional Commissions Discuss Roles in Achieving Post-2015 Development Agenda

unga695 November 2014: The Executive Secretaries of the UN Regional Commissions held a discussion with the UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) regarding the commissions' potential role in mobilizing means of implementation (MOI) for achieving the post-2015 development agenda.

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World Survey Urges Simultaneously Addressing Gender Equality, Sustainable Development

UNWOMENNovember 2014: The challenges of gender equality and sustainable development must be addressed together in order to realize the human rights of women and girls and support transitions to sustainable development, according to the World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014, ‘Gender Equality and Sustainable Development.' The survey is a report of the UN Secretary-General, mandated by the UN General Assembly and published every five years by UN Women.

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