Summit Stresses Role of Partnerships in Implementing Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UNIDO16 January 2015: Addressing the 2015 Partnerships Summit, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director General Li Yong stressed the essential role of partnerships in successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He said multi-stakeholder partnerships are indispensable, due to the post-2015 development agenda's "heavy demands on financing, accountability, universality, integration and data."

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action/2015 Launches Global Campaign [viewed]

action-201515 January 2015: The international campaign for action on addressing poverty, inequality, and climate change, action/2015, was launched globally on 15 January 2015. Events took place in over 70 countries, with over 1,000 civil society organizations, governments, international organizations, and faith and youth groups involved.

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UN High-Level Officials Discuss UN 'Fit for Purpose' [viewed]

un-system-collegeDecember 2014: In a series of videos from the UN System Staff College (UNSSC), high-level UN officials provide updates on ‘Making the UN Development System Fit For Purpose.' Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and Chair of the UN Development Group (UNDG) Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) Advisory Group, and John Hendra, UN Senior Coordinator 'UN Fit for Purpose for the Post-2015 Development Agenda' are featured in the December 2014 interviews.

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Pope Francis, Holy See Advocate Action on Climate Change [viewed]

vatican-flag20 January 2015: The Holy See has published online the message of Pope Francis to the high-level segment of the Lima Climate Change Conference. In the statement, dated 27 November 2014, the Pope stresses the critical importance of the December 2014 negotiations and their impact on humanity, especially the poor and future generations. Referring to the work of the parties to the UNFCCC, he calls for this "ethical and moral responsibility" to be approached with an "open and generous spirit."

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UNGA President Releases Concept Note on Gender Equality and Empowerment [viewed]

unga6919 January 2015: The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a concept note for the high-level thematic debate on ‘Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda,' taking place in March. Among the aims of the event, the concept note highlights sharing good practices and experiences on increasing access to quality education as a tool for empowering women and girls.

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Stakeholders Address Preparatory Forum on Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

NGLS16 January 2015: In advance of the launch of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, the UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS), in cooperation with a Stakeholder Steering Committee, held a preparatory forum for major groups and other civil society stakeholders.

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Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Calls for Ensuring Means of Implementation in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UNEP16 January 2015: Addressing the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt called for the post-2015 development agenda to be supported by “clear means of implementation (MOI) that can guarantee success.” Giving a special address to the CPR's 129th Session, Sameh Shoukry cautioned against agreements with commitments that cannot be implemented, and recommended a post-2015 process that completes the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and draws lessons learned from their implementation.

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UNCCD Launches Land Degradation Neutrality Project [viewed]

UNCCD logoJanuary 2015: The inception meeting of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Project, attended by 15 country delegates, took place from 14-16 January 2014 in Bonn, Germany. The project's objective is to contribute towards implementing the outcomes of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), by providing the UNCCD with empirical evidence on the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of the LDN goal.

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ILC: Post-2015 Agenda Must Include Secure and Equitable Land Rights [viewed]

ILCJanuary 2015: The International Land Coalition (ILC) published a technical briefing on ‘Secure and Equitable Land Rights in the Post-2015 Development Agenda,' in advance of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations. The paper emphasizes the importance of: secure and equitable land rights for achieving sustainable development for all; a stand-alone target promoting women's land rights in the goal on gender equality and a reference to both women and men in all land-related targets; support for customary and collective rights; and use of the term “secure and equitable land rights to land and natural resources” rather than “access to.”

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Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda Begin with Stocktaking [viewed]

in1-panel-png19 January 2015: Intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda began in New York, US, with the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opening a three-day session of "stocktaking." President Sam Kutesa reminded UN Member States of their responsibility to finalize the agenda on a strict timeline so that Heads of State and Government can adopt it in September 2015. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) President Martin Sajdik also addressed Member States.

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