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Habitat III PrepCom Recognizes Urbanization as Key to Sustainable Development

UN-HABITAT18 September 2014: Participants called for inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements at the first Preparatory Committee for the 2016 UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). They recognized Habitat III as an opportunity to create a coherent, integrated urban agenda and ensure urbanization's contribution to sustainable development, particularly within the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNESCO Paper Links Education to Sustainable Development

UNESCO18 September 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a policy paper promoting education as a prerequisite for sustainable development, and highlighting the role of education in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Experts Evaluate Proposed SDGs on Inclusive Development

iges-post201517 September 2014: The UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), the Earth System Governance project, and the Sustainability Transition beyond 2015 project (POST2015 Project) published a policy brief evaluating the inclusiveness of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ‘Sustainable Development Goals and Inclusive Development' is the fifth in the POST2015/UNU-IAS Policy Brief Series.

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Report Evaluates Progress on Global Partnership for Development

The State of Global Partnership for DevelopmentSeptember 2014: The MDG Gap Task Force released a report evaluating global progress toward Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 8, the Global Partnership for Development. 'MDG Gap Task Force Report 2014: The State of the Global Partnership for Development' finds that a number of targets under MDG 8 have been achieved, while progress under others has been slow.

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USAID Publication Examines ‘Last Mile' in Ending Extreme Poverty

usaidSeptember 2014: Understanding the "last mile" of extreme poverty is critical to ending it, and achieving progress toward the post-2015 development agenda, according to a publication released by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The authors of ‘The Last Mile in Ending Extreme Poverty' - Laurence Chandry and Homi Kharas of The Brookings Institution - discuss two competing narratives on ending poverty, in attempt to determine "what it will take."

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UNGA 69 Opening Highlights Climate Summit, Responsibility for Post-2015 Agenda

kutesa16 September 2014: On 16 September 2014, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its 69th Session, which will convene under the theme ‘Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda.'

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UNGA 68 Closes, Reflects on Progress Towards Post-2015 Agenda

JohnW.Ashe15 September 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) concluded its 68th Session with a plenary session in the renovated General Assembly Hall, reflecting on its achievements toward formulating the post-2015 development agenda and future priorities, including continued efforts to revitalize and reform the UN.

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Statistics Division Preparing for Post-2015 Indicator Framework

friendsofthe chair8 September 2014: The UN Statistics Division (UNSD) has issued a note on ‘Work on the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda,' in the context of the 24th Session of the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities, which took place in Rome, Italy, on 11-12 September 2014. According to the note, the goals and targets of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN General Assembly (UNGA) outcome on the post-2015 development agenda will serve as the basis for the framework, which will provide indicators to monitor and report progress on the agenda.

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Co-facilitators Forward Consensus Text on Post-2015 Summit

UNGA15 September 2014: The President of the 68th UN General Assembly, John Ashe, transferred the draft resolution on the Organization of the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda to the President of the 69th session, Sam Kutesa, for appropriate action. According to the co-facilitators for the organizational modalities for the summit, Robert Guba Aisi, Permanent Representative of Papua New Guinea, and Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark, the current draft constitutes the basis for a consensus.

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SOFI 2014 Recommends High-level Political Commitment to Food Security and Nutrition

The-State-of-Food-Insecurity-in-the-World16 September 2014: The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) hunger target, to halve the proportion of undernourished people in developing countries by 2015, is within reach, according to 'The State of Food Insecurity (SOFI) in the World 2014: Strengthening the enabling environment for food security and nutrition.' SOFI 2014 cautions, however, that food security remains a challenge, and calls for sustained, high-level political commitment to food security and nutrition to eradicate hunger.

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World Reconstruction Conference: DRR Critical to Sustainable Development

gfdrr12 September 2014: The second World Reconstruction Conference (WRC 2) brought together over 500 practitioners and policymakers from governments, civil society and the private sector to share lessons learned in post-disaster recovery and reconstruction. The conference aimed to help countries incorporate disaster recovery into their policies and institutions given the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters.

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Governments Conclude Consultations on WCIP Outcome Document

wcip15 September 2014: The draft outcome document of the forthcoming World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) commits participating Heads of State and Government to give "due consideration to all the rights of indigenous peoples" in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda. The draft outcome document is the result of consultations among UN Member States, chaired by Andrej Logar, Slovenia, and Marjon Kamara, Liberia, which concluded on 12 September 2014.

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LAC Officials Discuss Progress on Regional Instrument on Principle 10

ECLAC10 September 2014: Representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) countries discussed implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development during two events organized by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Principle 10 recognizes the importance of access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters.

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ENVForum Proposes "10+1" Sustainable Development Indicators

asia-europe-env-forumSeptember 2014: The Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVForum) published a report proposing sustainable development indicators (SDIs) to assess the status and monitor progress towards 11 proposed goals and sub-goals. Titled ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Indicators for a Small Planet: Part II: Measuring Sustainability,' the report is designed to act as a practical handbook for policy-makers involved in designing and implementing indicators for the SDGs.

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Task Force Releases Position Paper on Social and Solidarity Economy

sseSeptember 2014: The UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy has released a position paper outlining how the post-2015 development agenda can incorporate the role of the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE). 'Social and Solidarity Economy and the Challenge of Sustainable Development' argues that SSE holds great potential for advancing socially sustainable development.

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UNECE Espoo Convention on EIA Becomes Global Instrument

UNECE27 August 2014: The Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context is now open for ratification to non-UNECE states, following the entry into force of an amendment, on 26 August 2014. The Convention entered into force in 1997 as a regional instrument under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) to: help countries develop national environmental impact assessment procedures; foster international cooperation to prevent, manage and mitigate adverse environmental impacts; and assist in developing national and international environmental law.

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UNGA President Submits Draft Procedural Resolution on Technology Dialogues

UNGA10 September 2014: UN General Assembly President John Ashe submitted for adoption by the 68th UNGA a resolution on the four structured dialogues on possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The draft procedural resolution resulted from the informal consultations co-facilitated by Paul Seger, Permanent Representative of Switzerland, and Guilherme de Aguiar Patriota, Deputy Permanent Representative of Brazil, on 9 September 2014, in New York, US.

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Civil Society Gives Input to Post-2015 Synthesis Report

UNGA10 September 2014: UN General Assembly President John Ashe held an interactive meeting to hear civil society representatives' recommendations on the forthcoming synthesis report of the UN Secretary-General on the post-2015 development agenda. The hearing took place on 9 September 2014, in New York, US, in preparation for the High-level Stocktaking event on the same topic.

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UN Secretary-General Reports on Rio+20 Follow-up, Post-2015 Preparations

United NationsSeptember 2014: An advance, unedited version of a UN Secretary-General report to the 69th UN General Assembly provides an update on the follow-up to Rio+20 and preparation for the intergovernmental negotiations for the post-2015 development agenda. Titled ‘Implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) and of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20),' the report conveys the status of these processes as of August 2014.

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UNITAR, Yale Organize Third Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy

Unitar7 September 2014: Over 150 scholars and policy experts discussed the role of human rights and the environment in the post-2015 development agenda and future climate change regime at the third UNITAR/Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy.

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