Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Releases 2013 Results Report [viewed]

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves21 October 2014: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has released the second report in its annual series designed to recap the activities of the Alliance and its partners, analyze global progress toward providing cleaner cooking technology and fuel, and identify trends in this area. The report, titled '2013 Results Report: Sharing Progress on the Path to Adoption of Cleaner and More Efficient Cooking Solutions,' highlights eight Country Action Plans that were launched in 2013.

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ICESDF Co-Chairs Brief Member States [viewed]

UNDESA17 October 2014: In a briefing organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the co-chairs of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) summarized and reflected on its final recommendations, which were reached in August 2014. The ICESDF Report is currently before the UN General Assembly (UNGA) as A/69/315.

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Second Committee Debates Sustainable Development [viewed]

unga6916 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) considered agenda item 19 on Sustainable Development and its sub-items, on 15-16 October 2014, with Member States responding to UN system reports on related issues.

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UNDP Ecosystem-based Adaptation Event Discusses Links to Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UNDP9 October 2014: A UN Development Programme (UNDP) event examined how ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) can contribute to the post-2015 development agenda. The event, which gathered representatives from government, multilateral institutions and NGOs, concluded that a climate-resilient future will not be possible without a strong emphasis on EbA, and that EbA can also contribute to sustainable development more broadly.

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Member States Start Preparations for 3rd FfD Conference, SG Announced [viewed]

unga6917 October 2014: UN Member States held their first substantive informal session of the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), on 17 October 2014, in New York, US. Delegations considered the proposed road map and annex circulated by the co-facilitators before the consultation, and exchanged general views on the Conference and related issues.

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IAEG Invites Comments on Data-Related Rights [viewed]

data-recolution-group14 October 2014: Consultations conducted by the UN Secretary-General's Independent Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development have highlighted a shared concern for data-related rights, according to a blog post by two members of the Group, Carmen Barroso, the Regional Director, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region, and Katell Le Goulven, Chief of Policy Planning, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). They note that, while data have the potential to empower people, there are privacy and accessibility implications that need to be considered.

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Civil Society and Academics Issue Open Letters, Other Inputs on Post-2015 [viewed]

October 2014: Civil society organizations and academics have published new research and inputs to the post-2015 development agenda and reactions to the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Recent position papers and other documents discuss the importance of data, serve as open letters to the UN Secretary-General on specific issues, and examine the structural challenges of negotiating a new agenda.

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EMG SOM20 Focuses on UN System-Wide Strategy on Environment, SDGs [viewed]

emeg25 September 2014: During the 20th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM20) of the Environment Management Group (EMG), senior management of 38 UN agencies, multilateral agreement bodies and intergovernmental financial institutions focused on coherence in environmental programming, sustainable operations and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The senior officials also undertook important discussions on the Group's contribution to the preparation of a UN System-Wide Strategy on the Environment.

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UNCTAD Report Recommends Policy Flexibility to Achieve Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UNCTAD10 September 2014: Strengthened domestic and regional demand, accompanied by better income distribution, is necessary to put the world economy on a path towards sustainable growth, according to the 2014 issue of the Trade and Development Report (TDR), titled 'Global Governance and Policy Space for Development,' published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The 2014 report underscores the role of proactive trade and industrial policies in the post-2015 development agenda, and highlights policies that can help achieve sustained economic growth, poverty reduction and full employment.

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Guest Article #34: Learning Today for a Sustainable Future [viewed]

The stakes for post-2015 are high. To shape the future we want, to promote a sustainable planet, more just and green societies, and growing, green economies, we need to build strong foundations. This must encompass an education that empowers every boy and girl, woman and man with the values, skills and knowledge to find solutions to the challenges of today and tomorrow. In a word, education post-2015 must prepare educators and learners for sustainable development.

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