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Latest News - 24 March 2015
Post-2015 Negotiations Take up Indicator Framework
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23_March_2015: Opening the third session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda to a full room and gallery, Co-Facilitator Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, suggested that the process is attracting greater interest, and said “we have real traction” on creating the post-2015 development agenda. continued...
International Day Sharpens Focus on Forest-Climate Links
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21_March_2015: Under the theme 'Forests | Climate | Change,' the family of United Nations organizations commemorated the International Day of Forests with a number of events, announcements and reports, many of which emphasized the important role of forests in climate mitigation and adaptation. continued...
Bonn Challenge Welcomes Restoration Pledges
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21_March_2015: On the occasion of the International Day of Forests, the Second International Conference on the Bonn Challenge resulted in a number of forest restoration commitments by national governments, bringing the total area to be restored to more than 59 million hectares. continued...
WCDRR Adopts Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
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19_March_2015: Representatives from 187 countries have adopted the ‘Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030,' making it the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda. The Framework, which was adopted following a marathon round of negotiations at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) held in Sendai, Japan, includes seven targets and four priorities for action. continued...
WAVES Announces NCA Capacity-Building Project in Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco
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12_March_2015: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has announced the recent launch of a one-year research project to complement existing initiatives in natural capital accounting (NCA) in Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco. WAVES also held its first Knowledge Exchange Workshop on Ecosystem Accounting in the Philippines from 23-27 February 2015, and is supporting an ecosystem accounts update in Guatemala. continued...
CSOs Offer Input to FfD, Post-2015 Processes
March_2015: NGOs and civil society groups have released numerous reports and articles detailing positions on the process to create the post-2015 development agenda. Recent publications include inputs to the intergovernmental negotiations on the agenda, specific proposals regarding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) and targets, and reactions to the zero draft of the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3), the Addis Ababa Accord. continued...
UNU-INWEH Report Discusses Sustainable Development in Water Sector
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March_2015: It is possible to close "the gap between promise and practice" in management global water resources, with enabling environments to finance and implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a report by the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) and the UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). The report explores the role that water, including sanitation and wastewater management, plays in sustainable development, discusses "disconnects" between the proposed SDGs and national development plans, and highlights opportunities for achieving sustainable development through water management. continued...
Workshop Considers SDG 6 on Water and Sanitation
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25_February 2015: A capacity-building workshop on advancing water and sustainable development brought together policy makers and national practitioners from 20 developing countries and countries in transition in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. Discussions addressed the proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on "ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all," seeking to enhance capacity toward integrating water and sustainable development into developing countries' national development strategies. continued...
UNECA Assesses Convergence Between African Priorities, SDGs
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March_2015: The post-2015 development agenda “provides a unique opportunity to ensure that pertinent and specific challenges and aspirations are elevated for global consideration and action,” according to a progress report released by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). ‘The Post-2015 Development Agenda, Agenda 2063, the SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan and the COMESA Medium Term Strategic Plan: Assessing Convergence' assesses the alignment of African continental, sub-regional and national priorities with the post-2015 development agenda. continued...
African Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Training on Digital Soil Mapping for Western and Central African Countries Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana 16 Mar - 27 Mar
UNECA Regional Consultation Towards the Third International Conference on Financing for Development Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia 23 Mar - 24 Mar
16th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty Washington D.C., US 23 Mar - 27 Mar
17th Plenary Session of the Committee for Development Policy New York City, US 23 Mar - 27 Mar
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - Third Session New York City, US 23 Mar - 27 Mar
Development of the ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency National Action Plans and SE4ALL Action Agendas Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire 24 Mar - 25 Mar
Ninth Meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board Incheon, Republic of Korea 24 Mar - 26 Mar
Meeting on the Sustainable Development of Air Transport in Africa Antananarivo, Madagascar 25 Mar - 27 Mar
Powering East Africa Nairobi, Kenya 25 Mar - 27 Mar
UNCCD CRIC 13 Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 25 Mar - 27 Mar
Eighth Joint AUC-ECA Annual Meetings Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia 25 Mar - 31 Mar
High-Level Conference on the Data Revolution in Africa Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia 27 Mar - 29 Mar
ECOSOC Integration Segment 2015 New York City, US 30 Mar - 1 Apr
2015 Global Forum on Development Paris, Ile-De-France, France 1 Apr
16th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea New York City, US 6 Apr - 10 Apr
 
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