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Member States Discuss Role of Trade in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

Unctad10 February 2015: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) hosted a discussion of the role of trade in the global partnership and the means of implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. The event took place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) High-Level Thematic Debate on Means of Implementation for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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Debt Restructuring Committee Begins Work [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA5 February 2014: UN Member States, international organizations and financial institutions recently took part in the first working session of the UN Ad Hoc Committee on sovereign debt restructuring processes. Discussions addressed gaps in the current restructuring system, the resolution of economic disputes in the current international system, and several options for moving forward. The Committee was established pursuant to UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 69/247 of 29 December 2014. It will convene three sessions in 2015 to work on a draft resolution for consideration by UNGA 69.

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UNCTAD Warns Against Restrictive Regional Trade Agreements [viewed]

UNCTAD4 February 2015: A policy brief from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) calls for improving the global governance of trade, warning that regional trade agreements are subjecting many developing countries to more stringent requirements than those contained in multilateral trade agreements.

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ECOSOC, OHRLLS Take Stock of Second LLDCs Conference [viewed]

lldc2conference13 January 2015: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) (UN-OHRLLS) co-organized an informal stocktaking meeting on the Second UN Conference on the LLDCs that was held from 3-5 November 2014, in Vienna, Austria.

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UN Establishes Inter-Agency Working Group on Global Technology Platform [viewed]

sustainabledevelopmentunDecember 2014: A UN Informal Inter-agency Working Group on a Global Technology Facilitation Platform was established during the last quarter of 2014, to support UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's proposal to establish an “online, global platform, building on and complementing existing initiatives, with the participation of all relevant stakeholders,” contained in his Synthesis Report on the post-2015 development agenda (paragraph 125) and to support follow-up to UN General Assembly resolution 68/310 on ‘Four one-day structured dialogues on possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies.'

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WESP 2015 Highlights Risks and Uncertainties in Global Economy [viewed]

World Economic Situation and Prospects 201510 December 2014: Global economic growth is predicted to increase by just over three percent over the next two years, according to the UN's latest World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) report. In 2014, the report explains, global expansion preceded at a moderate, uneven pace, due in part to legacies from the global financial crisis, geopolitical conflicts and the Ebola epidemic. The report recommends strengthening international policy coordination and aligning global macroeconomic policies to reduce risks, create productive jobs and maintain long-term economic and financial stability.

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Trade Barriers Become Development Barriers, Says UNCTAD Secretary General [viewed]

UNCTAD Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyi 2 December 2014: UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyi has welcomed the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement, describing it as a “landmark deal on trade” in an Op-ed. The WTO General Council adopted the Trade Facilitation Protocol of Amendment on 27 November 2014, a step that allows implementation to begin and makes the Facility operational.

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UNCTAD Report Recommends Reforms for Post-2015 Agenda in LDCs [viewed]

UNCTAD27 November 2014: Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are the “battleground on which the post-2015 development agenda will be won or lost,” according to the LDC Report 2014, titled ‘Growth with Structural Transformation: A Post-2015 Development Agenda.' The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report examines how the "LDC paradox" contributed to the failure of most LDCs to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and makes recommendations on achieving the post-2015 development agenda's goals.

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First UNEA Session Adopts Resolutions and Decisions [viewed]

Outgoing GC-27/GMEF President Hassan Abdel Hilal congratulates incoming UNEA President Oyun Sanjaasuren27 June 2014: The first session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) concluded with delegates from 160 countries adopting a decision and resolutions on, inter alia: strengthening the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) role in promoting air quality; the science-policy interface (SPI); ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA); implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development; illegal trade in wildlife; chemicals and waste; and marine debris and microplastics.

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World Investment Report 2014 Outlines Business Role in Achieving SDGs [viewed]

UNCTAD24 June 2014: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released its annual World Investment Report on the sidelines of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. The report offers an investment plan for businesses to invest in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) currently being developed. It finds that implementing the SDGs in poor countries will require investment of up to US$4.5 trillion annually.

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