CBD Secretariat Circulates Provisional Programme and Briefing Notes for COP 12 High-Level Segment [viewed]

cop1415 September 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the provisional programme and briefing notes for the High-Level Segment of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the CBD, prepared by the Government of the Republic of Korea, in consultation with the CBD Secretariat. The CBD COP 12 High-Level Segment will be held from 15-16 October 2014, under the theme 'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.'

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Statistics Division Preparing for Post-2015 Indicator Framework [viewed]

friendsofthe chair8 September 2014: The UN Statistics Division (UNSD) has issued a note on ‘Work on the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda,' in the context of the 24th Session of the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities, which took place in Rome, Italy, on 11-12 September 2014. According to the note, the goals and targets of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN General Assembly (UNGA) outcome on the post-2015 development agenda will serve as the basis for the framework, which will provide indicators to monitor and report progress on the agenda.

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UN Secretary-General Reports on Support to SIDS [viewed]

United Nations15 August 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon submitted a report to the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly on ‘Follow-up to and implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (A/69/319).' The report provides an update on the implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA) and the Mauritius Strategy (MSI) and on preparation for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which took place at the beginning of September.

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Guest Article #31: Branding the Sustainable Development Goals: Will "17" Work? [viewed]

UN Member States have drafted a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that should guide the world's transformation towards a greener future free of poverty. While the final goals still need to be adopted as part of the post-2015 development agenda, there is already a discussion about the communications campaign required to support this global undertaking.

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Co-facilitators Forward Consensus Text on Post-2015 Summit [viewed]

UNGA15 September 2014: The President of the 68th UN General Assembly, John Ashe, transferred the draft resolution on the Organization of the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda to the President of the 69th session, Sam Kutesa, for appropriate action. According to the co-facilitators for the organizational modalities for the summit, Robert Guba Aisi, Permanent Representative of Papua New Guinea, and Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark, the current draft constitutes the basis for a consensus.

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Arab Countries Highlight Regional Priorities for Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR16 September 2014: The 2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) provided the opportunity for approximately 400 Arab government officials, donors, policy makers, planners, academics, civil society representatives and development experts to discuss DRR in the region. The Conference highlighted progress made in DRR efforts, reviewed implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015 in the region, and discussed regional priorities towards the post-2015 DRR framework.

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SOFI 2014 Recommends High-level Political Commitment to Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

The-State-of-Food-Insecurity-in-the-World16 September 2014: The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) hunger target, to halve the proportion of undernourished people in developing countries by 2015, is within reach, according to 'The State of Food Insecurity (SOFI) in the World 2014: Strengthening the enabling environment for food security and nutrition.' SOFI 2014 cautions, however, that food security remains a challenge, and calls for sustained, high-level political commitment to food security and nutrition to eradicate hunger.

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World Reconstruction Conference: DRR Critical to Sustainable Development [viewed]

gfdrr12 September 2014: The second World Reconstruction Conference (WRC 2) brought together over 500 practitioners and policymakers from governments, civil society and the private sector to share lessons learned in post-disaster recovery and reconstruction. The conference aimed to help countries incorporate disaster recovery into their policies and institutions given the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters.

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Governments Conclude Consultations on WCIP Outcome Document [viewed]

wcip15 September 2014: The draft outcome document of the forthcoming World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) commits participating Heads of State and Government to give "due consideration to all the rights of indigenous peoples" in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda. The draft outcome document is the result of consultations among UN Member States, chaired by Andrej Logar, Slovenia, and Marjon Kamara, Liberia, which concluded on 12 September 2014.

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Andes Governments Form Regional Coordination Mechanism [viewed]

Mountain Partnership11 September 2014: Six Andean countries, in collaboration with the Mountain Partnership Secretariat of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), are developing a regional coordination mechanism to support sustainable mountain development in the region. Based on the principle of integrated management, the mechanism will seek to protect the region's ecosystems while improving residents' quality of life.

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