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WHO Conference Calls for Strengthening Health Resilience to Climate Change[viewed]

The World Health Organization (WHO) Conference on Health and Climate discussed linking climate, sustainable development and health policy. The conference also produced a draft summary recognizing the need to strengthen health resilience to climate change and highlighting the opportunity for climate change mitigation measures to achieve public health gains.

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SIDS Opening Session Links Small Islands and Global Issues, Highlights Partnerships[viewed]

Formal proceedings for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) began with an opening plenary followed by a general debate among UN Member States. A parallel multi-stakeholder partnership dialogue took place on sustainable economic development in the afternoon, and numerous side events convened through the day and evening.

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UN Secretary-General Announces Advisory Group on Data Revolution[viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the establishment of a 24-member Independent Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, to provide recommendations on closing data gaps and strengthening national statistical capacities for the post-2015 development agenda. The Group is expected to report to the Secretary-General later this year, as input to his synthesis report ahead of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 agenda.

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US, Hawaii Announce Aloha+ Challenge for Sustainability[viewed]

The Aloha+ Challenge has been announced in Apia, Samoa, following its launch in Hawaii, US, on 7 July 2014. The joint sustainability commitment includes targets on: clean energy transformation; local food production; natural resource management; waste reduction; smart growth and climate resilience; and green jobs and education.

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Major Groups Focus on Durable Partnerships for Sustainable Development[viewed]

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) pre-conference Major Groups and other Stakeholders Forum focused on identifying durable partnerships to promote sustainable development. The Forum resulted in an outcome statement, ‘The SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (S.A.M.O.A) Pathway: Engaging for a Sustainable Future,' which calls on governments to use a human rights and development framework to underpin all action plans, and underscores environmental sustainability, economic justice, gender equality and human rights as critical components in pursuing sustainable development.

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UNFCCC, ILO Strengthen Collaboration on Climate, Green Economy[viewed]

Guy Rider, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), and Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), have released a joint statement highlighting the socioeconomic benefits of a transition to a green economy, including social inclusion, poverty alleviation and better jobs. According to the statement, shifting to a green economy could generate an additional 60 million jobs over the next 20 years.

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ILO Highlights Partnership with Mauritius on Green Economy[viewed]

In advance of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the International Labour Organization (ILO) is showcasing its partnership with Mauritius on the green economy as an example of how to increase resilience and tackle climate change in SIDS.

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UNGA President Clarifies Intention to Forward OWG Proposal to UNGA[viewed]

In a letter to UN Member States, the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) John Ashe clarified his intention to submit the proposal of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the UNGA “for its consideration and appropriate action.”

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UNIDO Nigerian Summit Reflects on MDGs, Inclusive Growth[viewed]

Participants reviewed the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nigeria at a Presidential Summit organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of Nigeria. The session also discussed job creation, inclusive growth and human capital as catalysts for equitable, sustainable economic growth in Nigeria, and recognized eradicating poverty as critical for sustainable development.

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Acharya Recommends 50% of ODA for LDCs[viewed]

“Those that are in danger of slipping should be given foremost priority,” writes Gyan Chandra Acharya, UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS) in a post for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 'In My View' series. He argues that half of all official development assistance (ODA) should be allocated to the LDCs to address poverty eradication and sustainable development.

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