African Development Report Finds Regional Integration Key for Development [viewed]

AfDB16 December 2014: Regional integration is critical for enhancing Africa's development and achieving sustained, inclusive growth, according to the African Development Report 2014. The report addresses five themes at a regional level: integration and inclusive growth; institutions; infrastructure; migration and labor; and financial integration and value chains.

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Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa Names Conservation International as Secretariat [viewed]

ci-botswana12 December 2014: Conservation International (CI) has assumed the role of the Secretariat of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA). As Secretariat, CI is tasked with helping the GDSA's ten African signatory countries to build on the initiative's existing successes and further efforts to value nature in national social and economic decision-making.

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IGES Launches Project on Implementing the SDGs [viewed]

iges-new12 December 2014: The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) has announced the launch of a project, titled ‘From Aspiration to Action,' addressing implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project seeks to examine barriers to and enablers for the successful implementation of the goals and targets, and to recommend essential means of implementation (MOI) to put them into action "through active engagement with various stakeholders and partners."

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Copenhagen Conference Issues Recommendations on Inequalities [viewed]

Beyond201511 December 2014: Beyond 2015 has issued the outcome document from its Civil Society Organization (CSO) Copenhagen Conference. ‘Equality at the Core: A call for a strong commitment to tackling inequalities through the post-2015 agenda' calls for stand-alone goals on equality and gender equality, and provides recommendations on addressing inequality in the post-2015 development agenda.

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SE4ALL, Partners Ready for Energy SDG [viewed]

SE4ALLDecember 2014: The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative and its “global force of partners from all regions and sectors” are poised to implement a global goal on energy under the Post-2015 development agenda, according to Kandeh Yumkella, SE4ALL CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General.

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Event: Transportation for Sustainability: An International Conference [viewed]

This meeting, supported by the Transportation Research Board of the US National Academies, will bring together representatives from government, the private sector, academia, business and non-profit organizations to examine and promote holistic sustainability approaches to transportation, combining all pillars of sustainable development and addressing present and future needs. The meeting will also stimulate debate on how to realize this view in practice and in research; and examine ways to institutionalize sustainable practices globally. The agenda will include technical discussions on sustainability concepts, tools and practices and plenary sessions. Specific issues the conference will address include: international and cross-border challenges and initiatives related to incorporating sustainability into transportation, including sustainability issues in air travel and marine travel; policies, programmes, projects and institutional approaches; case studies, including national, state and local sustainability strategies and policies; and assessment, monitoring and evaluation.  

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Guest Article #38: Mobilizing for Impact in 2015: Inspiring Action for People and Planet [viewed]

2015 is Time for Global Action to end poverty, transform all lives and protect the planet.

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Member States Set Modalities for Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

unga6917 December 2014: UN Member States have informally agreed on a draft decision on the modalities for the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.The decision is expected to be adopted by the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Consultations on the modalities began in November and concluded on 17 December 2014, co-facilitated by David Donoghue (Ireland) and Macharia Kamau (Kenya).

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UNSG Says “Stars Are Aligned” for Historic Action in 2015 [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw17 December 2014: “The stars are aligned” for the international community to take historic action on climate, sustainable development and financing in 2015, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he reviewed the challenges and achievements of 2014. He called the Lima session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the “most encouraging” climate negotiations so far, and urged a high level of ambition in forging a new global agenda for development and securing a climate change agreement in 2015.

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UN Discusses Migration in Post-2015 Development Agenda, SDG Targets [viewed]

iomlogo17 December 2014: The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of Costa Rica and Germany, held a high-level panel on defining the role of migration in the post-2015 development agenda. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told participants that if human rights are not included in the post-2015 development agenda, it will not meet the "core function" of leaving no one behind.

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