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World Bank Adopts GRI Taxonomy for Sustainability Reporting

Worldbanklogo19 January 2015: The World Bank announced that it is using a new taxonomy for sustainability, supplementing its web-based Sustainability Review 2014 with a stand-alone index of sustainability indicators that uses the eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) Taxonomy. 
This taxonomy is meant to improve access for investors, auditors and analysts to information within sustainability reports.

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SDSN Gathers Input on SDG Indicators

unsdsn16 January 2015: The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) opened its second global consultation on its report, 'Indicators and a Monitoring Framework for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).' During the consultation period, 16-31 January 2015, the public is invited to comment on a proposed indicator framework for the SDGs proposed by the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs in 2014. The draft report also outlines major gaps in indicators that would need to be filled before implementing the post-2015 development agenda.

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Negotiations Consider Four Elements of Post-2015 Agenda

Post-2015 Development Agenda21 January 2015: At the first sessions of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, UN Member States and other participants addressed the four elements expected to comprise the new agenda: a declaration; a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets, along with eventual indicators; their means of implementation (MOI) and a new Global Partnership for Development; and follow-up and review of implementation. The “stocktaking session” was the first of eight scheduled sessions to prepare the outcome that will be adopted at the UN Summit on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September 2015.

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World Economic Forum Addresses Climate Change, Gender, Inequality, Development Goals

World Economic Forum24 January 2015: The 45th World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting discussed the global economic outlook for 2015 and considered climate change, inequality, gender parity and the development goals, and sustainable development investments, among other issues. The Forum launched several publications and initiatives, including a Global Challenge Initiative on Food Security and Agriculture.

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Experts Discuss Population and Sustainable Development Linkages Ahead of CPD 48

undesa-populationdivision22 January 2015: The Commission on Population and Development (CPD) held a moderated discussion with experts on the state of scientific knowledge on some of the main substantive issues expected to be discussed during its 48th session. Several panelists outlined linkages between population and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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ILO Report Predicts Rising Unemployment, Widening Inequalities

ILO22 January 2015: Inequalities are predicted to widen as a result of rising unemployment and a slowing global economy, according to the International Labour Organization's (ILO) ‘World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2015.' The report cautions that rising inequality undermines trust in governments and contributes to a high risk of social unrest, particularly in locations where youth unemployment is high.

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UNDG Releases Draft Consultation Report on Participatory Monitoring and Accountability

The World We Want22 January 2015: “Marginalized persons and/or people living in poverty should be at the center and the owners of their own development processes with all other relevant actors accountable to them regarding progress on said development outcomes,” according to the draft report from the UN Development Group's (UNDG) Participatory Monitoring and Accountability Consultation. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Women, the co-facilitators of the post-2015 consultation, have released the draft report for comments.

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Co-facilitators Circulate "Indicative Elements" of FfD 3 Outcome Document

FfD21 January 2015: The Co-facilitators for the preparatory process of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) have circulated "indicative elements" of the Conference outcome document, for consideration at the first drafting session, which convenes on 28-30 January, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. In the accompanying letter, Geir Pederson (Norway) and George Talbot (Guyana) inform Member States that a zero draft of the outcome document should be provided by the end of February 2015.

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Member States Discuss Post-2015 Role of Supreme Audit Institutions

United Nations21 January 2015: UN Member States discussed the independent oversight role of supreme audit institutions (SAIs) in implementing the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNEP Identifies Innovations for Scaling up Sustainable Development Financing

UNEP21 January 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled 'Pathways to Scale,' which identifies "critical innovations in the US$300+ trillion global financial system that can help bring together the historically separate agendas of financial reform and sustainable development." Drawing on country-level examples of financial market and institutional reforms, the report proposes a number of pathways towards 'closing the asset and investment gap' at national and higher levels.

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UNITAR Supports Municipalities in Post-2015 DRR

Unitar13 January 2015: The UN Institute for Training and Research's (UNITAR) Decentralized Cooperation Programme together with the Municipality of Santa Tecla in El Salvador hosted a conference on ‘The Role of Municipalities in the Post-2015 Hyogo Framework for Action on Disaster Risk Reduction,' bringing together about 150 local government officials and municipal council members from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and the Dominican Republic to exchange best practices to plan for disasters and reduce risks.

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Summit Stresses Role of Partnerships in Implementing Post-2015 Agenda

UNIDO16 January 2015: Addressing the 2015 Partnerships Summit, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director General Li Yong stressed the essential role of partnerships in successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He said multi-stakeholder partnerships are indispensable, due to the post-2015 development agenda's "heavy demands on financing, accountability, universality, integration and data."

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action/2015 Launches Global Campaign

action-201515 January 2015: The international campaign for action on addressing poverty, inequality, and climate change, action/2015, was launched globally on 15 January 2015. Events took place in over 70 countries, with over 1,000 civil society organizations, governments, international organizations, and faith and youth groups involved.

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UN High-Level Officials Discuss UN 'Fit for Purpose'

un-system-collegeDecember 2014: In a series of videos from the UN System Staff College (UNSSC), high-level UN officials provide updates on ‘Making the UN Development System Fit For Purpose.' Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and Chair of the UN Development Group (UNDG) Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) Advisory Group, and John Hendra, UN Senior Coordinator 'UN Fit for Purpose for the Post-2015 Development Agenda' are featured in the December 2014 interviews.

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UNGA President Releases Concept Note on Gender Equality and Empowerment

unga6919 January 2015: The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a concept note for the high-level thematic debate on ‘Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda,' taking place in March. Among the aims of the event, the concept note highlights sharing good practices and experiences on increasing access to quality education as a tool for empowering women and girls.

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Stakeholders Address Preparatory Forum on Post-2015 Negotiations

NGLS16 January 2015: In advance of the launch of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, the UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS), in cooperation with a Stakeholder Steering Committee, held a preparatory forum for major groups and other civil society stakeholders.

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Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Calls for Ensuring Means of Implementation in Post-2015 Agenda

UNEP16 January 2015: Addressing the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt called for the post-2015 development agenda to be supported by “clear means of implementation (MOI) that can guarantee success.” Giving a special address to the CPR's 129th Session, Sameh Shoukry cautioned against agreements with commitments that cannot be implemented, and recommended a post-2015 process that completes the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and draws lessons learned from their implementation.

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Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda Begin with Stocktaking

in1-panel-png19 January 2015: Intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda began in New York, US, with the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opening a three-day session of "stocktaking." President Sam Kutesa reminded UN Member States of their responsibility to finalize the agenda on a strict timeline so that Heads of State and Government can adopt it in September 2015. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) President Martin Sajdik also addressed Member States.

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At Security Council Debate, UN Secretary-General Links Development, Human Rights, Security

United Nations19 January 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of addressing the interdependence of the three pillars of peace and security, development and human rights during an address to the UN Security Council. He highlighted the UN intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda as “an important opportunity to broaden the development agenda and highlight the fundamental importance of inclusive societies in building a more peaceful world.”

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UNGA President Holds Interactive Dialogue Ahead of High-Level Events

unga6916 January 2015: The President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, held an interactive dialogue with civil society representatives regarding the high-level thematic events that he will host in 2015 as a contribution to delivering on and implementing a transformative post-2015 development agenda. During a question-and-answer session, participants called for the post-2015 process to: provide a space to hear the views of local communities; make reference to “families”; better involve women at the various phases of the process including negotiation and implementation; and strongly reflect nutrition and disability, as well as youth employment.

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