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IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings Emphasize Climate Change, Sustainable Development[viewed]

The Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group (WBG) brought together officials, academics, practitioners, and journalists from around the world for a series of meetings and events, many of which held climate change and sustainable development in special focus.

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South-South Forum Discusses New Models of Development Cooperation[viewed]

The Third High-Level Forum on South-South Cooperation for Sustainable Development, held in Hong Kong, China, addressed new models and mechanisms for regional cooperation and public-private partnerships. A Chair's summary will feed into the UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Event on the Contributions of North-South, South-South, Triangular Cooperation, and ICT for Development to the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, taking place in May.

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UN Secretary-General, Global Leaders Urge Action on Education[viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other global leaders launched the Emergency Coalition for Global Education Access, which aims to get 57 million children in school, and calls for "four zeros": zero exclusion from education; zero discrimination against girls; zero child labor; and zero child marriage. The Coalition was established in response to reports that the world is off track in achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of getting all children into education by 2015.

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UNECE, WHO Highlight Benefits of Green, Healthy Transport[viewed]

Investing in green and healthy transport is economically profitable and results in positive environmental and health effects, according to ‘Unlocking new opportunities: jobs in green and health transport,' a publication by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe.

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CPD Discusses Population Implications for Post-2015 Agenda[viewed]

The UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD) concluded its 47th session, at which keynote speakers addressed: dignity and human rights; population and sustainable development; and the ‘unfinished agenda' of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014 process.

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HABITAT and Partners Launch Collaboration on Urban Resilience[viewed]

The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and eight partners launched the Medellín Collaboration on Urban Resilience, to facilitate the flow of knowledge and financial resources to help cities become more resilient to systemic shocks and stresses, including from climate change, disasters caused by natural hazards, and socio-economic challenges resulting from rapid urbanization.

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Event: UNGA Dialogue 3 on Technology Transfer Mechanism[viewed]

In General Assembly Resolution 68/210, UN Member States decided to hold a series of four, one-day structured dialogues to consider possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies.

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Pacific Countries Agree on EPA Negotiations with EU[viewed]

The Pacific countries from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) have requested an Economic Participation Agreement (EPA) negotiation with the EU by the end of April 2014, following a discussion of outstanding issues among the Pacific ACP countries. Officials emphasized that the EPA provisions should promote the sustainable development of the region's fisheries, while ensuring that Pacific peoples benefit from fisheries trade.

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WUF 7 Adopts Medellín Declaration, Recommends Urban SDG[viewed]

Participants at the seventh session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 7) adopted the Medellín Declaration, which recognizes the transformational power of cities and describes equity as the foundation of sustainable urban development. Signatories also support the inclusion of an urban Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) in the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNGA-ECOSOC Debate Explores Post-2015 Partnerships[viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held a joint thematic debate on the role of partnerships in implementing the post-2015 development agenda.

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