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OWG Concludes Work, Submits SDG Proposal to UNGA[viewed]

The UN General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has concluded its work, adopting by acclamation a report containing 17 proposed SDGs and their 169 targets. The proposal will be submitted to the UN General Assembly for consideration and action at its 68th session.

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ILO Calls for Engagement of Labor Sector in Green Economy[viewed]

At a Joint Meeting of EU Environment and Labor ministers, hosted by the Government of Italy, the International Labour Organization (ILO) urged the ministers to align their policies on sustainable development. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said a deliberate shift to a greener economy could promote job creation and help mitigate climate change.

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Event: SIDS Renewable Energy Forum[viewed]

The Government of New Zealand and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) are organising this event ahead of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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BRICS Launch Development Bank[viewed]

The Sixth BRICS Summit resulted in the establishment of the New Development Bank, which is to finance infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging and developing economies. The Summit also launched a BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA), and issued a declaration outlining the five countries' common position on a number of global issues, including climate change and sustainable energy.

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UNGA High-Level Debate Discusses Investment in Africa[viewed]

Participants recognized Africa's promising growth potential at a UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Thematic Debate on the role of investment in the region. The debate focused on ‘Promotion of investment in Africa and its catalytic role in achieving Africa's development objectives, including those of the New Partnership, particularly the eradication of poverty and the achievement of inclusive and sustained economic growth and development.'

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EEA Highlights Employment, Innovation Benefits of a Green Economy[viewed]

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report titled 'Resource-efficient green economy and EU policies,' which describes a range of policies with environmental and economic benefits that can help Europe create jobs and encourage innovation.

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ISU, EDF and 50in10 Report Focuses on Financing Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

The transition to more sustainable fisheries management systems can yield financial returns and deliver ecological, economic and social benefits if fisheries are structured as “investable propositions,” according to a report by the Prince of Wales' International Sustainability Unit (ISU), the US Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and 50in10. The organizations launched the report, ‘Towards Investment in Sustainable Fisheries: A Framework for Financing the Transition' at a conference on ‘Financing the transition towards a sustainable blue economy.'

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GWP Releases Gender Strategy[viewed]

The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has released its Gender Strategy, which aims to mainstream gender into GWP's work through an overarching framework on gender- and women- inclusive approaches. The Strategy includes three strategic goals: catalyze change in policies and practice; generate and communicate knowledge; and strengthen partnerships.

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UNEP Releases 2014 Year Book on Emerging Environmental Issues[viewed]

UNEP has made available an e-book anniversary edition of its year book titled ‘UNEP Year Book 2014: Emerging Issues in Our Global Environment,' which illustrates, across ten chapters, the emergence of current environmental challenges and explores innovative solutions to address them.

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WWAP to Collect Gender-Disaggregated Water Data[viewed]

The UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) has launched a project to develop the first-ever collection of gender-disaggregated water data. According to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the project is expected to provide support for monitoring the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and will build capacity for national data-gathering on gender-disaggregated data.

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