Event: G20/OECD High-Level Roundtable on Institutional Investors and Long-Term Investment [viewed]

The Group of 20 (G20) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will participate in their annual High-Level Roundtable on Institutional Investors and Long-Term Investment, which focuses on barriers to institutional long-term investing and solutions that encourage such investment.  

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Event: 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

The Ministry of Environment of Peru (MINAM) through its National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme are hosting the 4th World Congress to address issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Specifically, the goal is to review implementation of the Madrid Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves 2008-2013, the Seville Strategy and the Statutory Framework of 1995. The Congress will assess lessons learned and new challenges faced by the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, and will develop and launch an Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves for 2016-2025.  

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Event: ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Workshop 1 [viewed]

This is the first of seven workshops organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will focus on functions, and discuss: the evolution of functions of the UN development system; innovative organizational responses to adapt to changes; and expectations related to the functions of the UN development system in the post-2015 era. The dialogue seeks to 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. Based on ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, it needs to take into account the post-2015 development agenda.  

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G7 Foreign Ministers Identify Climate Change, Fragility as Priority [viewed]

G7 Germany15 April 2015: The G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting convened within the framework of Germany's G7 Presidency to address pressing international issues that impact global peace and security. The meeting resulted in the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting Communiqué, in which the Ministers describe climate change as one of the most serious challenges the world faces, threatening the environment, global security and economic prosperity, and potentially reversing progress made in tackling poverty.

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India, France Express Support to Successful Paris Conference [viewed]

Agreement_India_France14 April 2015: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President François Hollande issued a joint statement affirming their support to ensuring a successful outcome at the UN Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015, and stressing the importance of timely submissions of intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) and raising pre-2020 ambition. In the statement, made during an official visit by Prime Minister Modi to Paris, France, the two leaders also announced cooperation on smart cities and sustainable energy.

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Arctic Council Contributes to Safe Shipping and Marine Environmental Protection in the Arctic [viewed]

Arctic Council14 April 2015: During Canada's chairmanship, the Arctic Council, primarily through its Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) working group, has advanced its work on a number of projects related to safe shipping and the protection of the marine environment, including sustainable tourism across the circumpolar Arctic, marine strategic planning, shipping safety and pan-Arctic Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

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UNFF Releases Ministerial Non-Papers [viewed]

UNFF10 April 2015: The Bureau of the eleventh session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) has released non-papers with possible elements for the Ministerial Declaration and Resolution, for consideration ahead of the meeting. The drafts are based on submissions from Member States identifying key elements and priorities.

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Event: Public Event on World Happiness Report 2015 [viewed]

The three co-editors of the World Happiness Report – Jeffrey Sachs, Richard Layard, and John Helliwell – will hold a public event to discuss the third World Happiness Report's findings and future directions, on 24 April 2015, in New York, US. The World Happiness Report 2015, which will be launched on 23 April 2015, analyzes what makes people happy, provides an overview of the state of happiness around the world, and offers advice for policy makers. The Report has updated global rankings of the happiest countries, and finds that the key components to a happy life are income, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, perceptions of corruption, social support, and generosity. The World Happiness Report 2015 builds on the first two reports, published in 2012 and in 2013.  

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Event: World Education Forum [viewed]

The World Education Forum (WEF) 2015 will take place under the theme, ‘Equitable and inclusive quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030'. WEF aims to: assess achievements and shortfalls in the implementation of the education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Education for All (EFA) goals during the period 2000-2015; agree on a joint position for the education goals and targets in the post-2015 development agenda; and agree on a comprehensive Framework for Action to guide and support the implementation of the future education agenda. It will address five key themes: right to education; equity; inclusion; quality education; and lifelong learning. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is convening the Forum in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Women and the World Bank.  

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Event: 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice [viewed]

The 13th UN Crime Congress will convene under the theme ‘Integrating crime prevention and criminal justice into the wider UN agenda to address social and economic challenges and to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels, and public participation.' Participants will discuss: the links between crime prevention, security, justice and sustainable development; successes and challenges in implementation of policies and strategies for preventing crime and criminal justice in order to strengthen the rule of law and support sustainable development; international cooperation to prevent, combat and respond to transnational organized crime; and national approaches to public participation in strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice. The event will also feature side events, including on wildlife and forest crime. The Congress is expected to adopt the ‘Doha Declaration,' which will contain recommendations for the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in May 2015.  

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