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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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On Its 50th Anniversary, G-77 Discusses A New World Order for Living Well [viewed]

G77logo15 June 2014: The Group of 77 (G-77) marked its 50th anniversary with a two-day summit on the theme, ‘A New World Order for Living Well.' The G-77 issued a 242-paragraph statement at the close of the summit, titled ‘Declaration of Santa Cruz: For a New World Order for Living Well,' which addresses development in the national context, South-South cooperation, global challenges and particular needs of developing countries in special situations.

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DESA Releases WESP Mid-Year Update [viewed]

UNDESA21 May 2014: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) released an unedited, advance copy of its mid-year update to the ‘World Economic Situation and Social Prospects (WESP) 2014.' Growth prospects for developing economies and economies in transition have been revised downward by 1.7% while developed economies are expected to continue to recover. 

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Event: ECOSOC Global Dialogue on Financing for Development [viewed]

In accordance with UN General Assembly resolution 68/1, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will strengthen and further promote dialogue on and implementation of the financing for development (FFD) agenda, including by strengthening the special high-level meeting with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The Council will allocate specific time for deliberation and consideration of the follow-up to the International Conference on Financing for Development. The Global Dialogue on financing for development will convene on 14-15 April 2014.  

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DESA Launches World Economic Situation and Prospects 2014 [viewed]

UNDESA18 December 2013: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has launched the latest edition of ‘World Economic Situation and Prospects.' The 2014 report finds that global economic growth is improving but remains vulnerable, and recommends strengthening international policy coordination to promote stronger recovery and ensure sufficient resources for developing countries, as well as “countries that face large financing needs for sustainable development and poverty reduction."

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UNCTAD Report on LDCs Urges Focus on Job Creation [viewed]

UNCTAD20 November 2013: The UN Conference on Trade and Development has published its annual Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Report, which urges governments to focus on job creation by increasing investment in infrastructure, education and training to promote job growth and labor productivity.

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UNGA Confirms Appointment of Next UNCTAD Secretary-General [viewed]

mukhisa-kituyi10 June 2013: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has confirmed the appointment of Mukhisa Kituyi (Kenya) as Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Kituyi succeeds Supachai Panitchpakdi (Thailand), who took office in 2005 and was reappointed in 2009.

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Event: Fifth Africa Carbon Forum [viewed]

The Africa Carbon Forum is a trade fair and knowledge sharing platform for carbon investments in Africa, and will consider ways to promote access to low-carbon development in Africa. Participants will discuss the latest development in the carbon market and how the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and other mitigation mechanisms can be successful in Africa. The Forum aims to connect project developers and buyers of carbon credits through facilitation sessions. The Forum is co-organized by the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB). The event is also supported by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Government of Côte d'Ivoire.  

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Event: High-Level Meeting of ECOSOC with Bretton Woods Institutions, WTO and UNCTAD [viewed]

A special high-level meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will take place on 22 April 2013. The overall theme of the meeting is “Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of financing for development and the post-2015 development agenda”. The event will include: a high-level interactive panel discussion with Ministers of Finance and Development Cooperation, Governors of Central Banks and inter-governmental representatives at the ministerial level on “World economic situation and prospects in the wake of the world financial and economic crisis;" a thematic debate on “Financing for sustainable development, including leveraging of private capital, in the context of the follow-up to the outcome of the Rio+20 Conference;" and a thematic debate on “Global partnership for development in the context of the post-2015 development agenda".  

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