CSW 59 Closes with Renewed Commitments, Calls for Continued Action on Gender Equality [viewed]

CSW5920 March 2015: Governments agreed on steps to advance gender equality and women's empowerment at the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59), including on aligning the work of the Commission with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF). Governments also adopted a Political Declaration during the opening session, which outlines actions to ensure the full, effective and accelerated implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action.

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UNGA President Releases Concept Notes for Business, Civil Society Hearings for FfD 3 [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA18 March 2015: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released concept notes for informal interactive hearings with representatives of the business sector and civil sector on the financing for development (FfD) process. The hearing with the business sector will convene on 8 April 2015, followed by the hearing with civil society on 9 April 2015. The hearings are mandated in UNGA Resolution 68/279 as part of the preparatory process for the Third International Conference on FfD.

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GGKP Conference Explores Fiscal Measures for Green Economy Transitions [viewed]

green-growth-plataformMarch 2015: Participants explored fiscal measures for climate change mitigation and adaptation, environmental taxes in developing countries, sustainable water management, green fiscal reform and incentives for clean energy investments, among other topics at the Green Growth Knowledge Platform's (GGKP) third annual conference. The conference report, titled ‘Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition: Generating Knowledge, Creating Impact,' highlights key messages and provides an overview of the sessions.

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ECOSOC Issues Road Map for Dialogue on UN Development System [viewed]

ECOSOC27 February 2015: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) issued a road map for its dialogue process on "the longer-term positioning of the UN Development System." The dialogue will inform the outcome of the next UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) - the mechanism through which the UNGA assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of the UN development system.

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Post-2015 Negotiations Take up Indicator Framework [viewed]

post_2015_negotiations23 March 2015: Opening the third session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda to a full room and gallery, Co-Facilitator Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, suggested that the process is attracting greater interest, and said “we have real traction” on creating the post-2015 development agenda.

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NGOs Make Recommendations on Food Security, Agriculture in Post-2015, FfD 3 [viewed]

biovision_millennium20 March 2015: Biovision and the Millennium Institute have issued two briefs outlining their positions on the post-2015 development agenda with a focus on food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture, as well as a reaction to the zero draft of the outcome document from the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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WCDRR Adopts Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

wcdrr_meeting19 March 2015: Representatives from 187 countries have adopted the ‘Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030,' making it the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda. The Framework, which was adopted following a marathon round of negotiations at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) held in Sendai, Japan, includes seven targets and four priorities for action.

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UN Marks International Day of Forests with Special Session [viewed]

international_forests_day_21_march21 March 2015: The UN celebrated the annual International Day of Forests on 21 March with a special event at Headquarters in New York, US. The theme of the celebration, 'Create a Climate Smart Future,' focused on the intersection of forests with resilience, adaptation, mitigation and the global climate and development discussions.

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LAC Holds Regional Forum on Sustainable Development [viewed]

ECLAC20 March 2015: At a two-day meeting of countries from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), the LAC Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) discussed the post-2015 development agenda and financing for development (FfD), among other issues. The LAC meeting was the first in the series of RFSDs taking place until May 2015 to discuss sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda.

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UN Statistical Commission Assesses SDG Indicators [viewed]

post201518 March 2015: The co-facilitators for intergovernmental negotiation process on the post-2015 development agenda have released a working draft of a technical report by the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) on global indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets. The report is expected to be discussed during the third session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, convening on 23-27 March 2015.

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