UN Regional Commissions Highlight Role in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

uneca-unece-escap-eclac-escwaAugust 2015: The UN Economic Commissions for Africa (UNECA), Europe (UNECE), Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and Western Asia (ESCWA) have published a paper on their role in implementing the post-2015 development agenda. The paper is titled 'UN Regional Commissions and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Moving to Deliver on a Transformative and Ambitious Agenda.'

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ECOSOC President's Summaries Suggest Way Forward for HLPF [viewed]

ECOSOC13 July 2015: The President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Martin Sajdik, has issued the President's Summaries of the 2015 session of the high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF) and of the ECOSOC high-level segment. The document notes that the HLPF, at its 2016 session, could elaborate further on the review architecture and its functioning, based on an exchange of experiences on the elaboration of national strategies to implement the agenda, as well as on feedback from the regions on their approach to reviewing progress.

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Event: ECLAC Meeting on Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the World Resources Institute (WRI). ECLAC will present a preliminary version of the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, drafted at the request of countries from the Negotiating Committee on the regional accord. Representatives from Caribbean countries, experts and members of civil society organisations will discuss countries' specific needs for capacity strengthening and implementation.  

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Event: SE Asia Workshop on Advancing Accountability and Strengthening Statistics for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment [viewed]

This workshop will support UN Member States in strengthening their national accountability mechanisms through increased awareness and capacity in the collection, analysis, dissemination and advocacy of gender equality statistics and indicators. The event brings together representatives from national agencies for women and national statistical offices with the aim of promoting collaboration and coordination at the national level, as well as as well as sharing knowledge, ideas and experiences across Southeast Asia. The workshop is organized by the ESCAP Social Development Division and Statistics Division.  

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Event: Fifth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-V) [viewed]

To support Africa's preparedness for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), CCDA-V will be held on the theme “Africa, climate change and sustainable development: what is at stake at Paris and beyond?”. The conference will be the culmination of climate change dialogues across the continent and will focus on addressing the climate change, sustainable development and equity issues provided for in Article 2 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the context of the broad theme on “Prospects for Sustainable, Resilient and Creative Economies in Africa in the Context of a Changing Climate”. CCDA-V aims to, among other things, contribute towards the development of common African positions regarding the post-Kyoto global climate governance regime, as well as anticipate the outcomes of COP21 and initiate preparations for their implementation. The event is organized under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme, which is a consortium of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

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Event: Call to Action Summit 2015 [viewed]

The Call to Action Summit 2015 will take stock of progress on ending preventable child and maternal deaths as well as sharing best practices and promoting alliances for further action. Participants will also address cross-cutting issues such as water, sanitation and nutrition as well as accountability, financing, innovation and partnerships. The Summit will take place in advance of the anticipated adoption of the post-2015 development agenda and aims to help demonstrate the importance of positioning child survival goals within the agenda. It will bring together health ministers from 24 countries that committed to the Global Call to Action for Child Survival in June 2012 as well as global leaders from the health sector, civil society, the media and other stakeholders. The Government of India is hosting the Summit with UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Tata Trusts.  

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Event: 11th Annual High Level Forum: Connecting Water to Climate, Economic Growth and Development within the Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

As part of the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association's (CWWA's) 24th Annual Conference and Exhibition, the 11th High Level Forum (HLF) on Connecting Water to Climate, Economic Growth and Development within the Post-2015 Development Agenda will discuss and seek collaboration on water and climate matters to help shape the sustainable development agenda of the Caribbean. Co-organized by the CWWA and the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Forum seeks to produce concrete outcomes and harmonized recommendations to guide national and regional efforts in operationalizing water, wastewater, and climate goals and targets for sustainable development. Some outcomes of the Forum should also feed into the contribution of the Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December. The Forum is expected to bring together Caribbean Ministers in charge of water resources and management from more than ten countries, and representatives from regional and international organizations.  

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Policy Update #7: What Happens Next?: Follow-Up to the FfD3 and Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

Now that the long days (and many sleepless nights) of negotiations have concluded on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) and ‘Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,' what happens next?

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Experts in Americas Commit to Implementing Sendai Framework for DRR [viewed]

UNISDR14 August 2015: Experts from the Americas have committed to take action to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, the 15-year plan agreed in March 2015 that aims to reduce deaths and losses caused by natural and manmade hazards. The 2nd Regional Conference for the Exchange of Information in Civil and Military Operations for Disaster Risk Management aimed to raise the awareness of those attending the conference about the content of the Sendai Framework.

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Bolivia, Ecuador Submit Reservations to FfD3 Outcome [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA5 August 2015: The Permanent Missions of Bolivia and Ecuador sent letters to the Secretary-General of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), Wu Hongbo, regarding their respective reservations on the outcome. The two UN Member States requested that the letters and their annexes, containing reservations and explanations of national position (EOP), be included in their entirety in the report of the Conference.

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