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Event: UN Summit for Adoption of Post-2015 Development Agenda[viewed]

The UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda was mandated by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2013 (Resolution 68/6).

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Event: Fourth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV)[viewed]

In recognition of 2014 as the year of agriculture, the fourth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV) will take place under the theme 'Africa Can Feed Africa Now: Translating Climate Knowledge into Action'.

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UN Officials Welcome OWG Outcome[viewed]

UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo, commented on the outcome of the UN's Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), noting that "Member States have shown a determination and willingness to work together for people and planet that bodes well for the General Assembly's negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda,” and that the proposed set of 17 goals brings together economic, social and environmental issues “like never before.”

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ICESDF Co-Chairs Brief UN Member States, Stakeholders on Committee's Progress[viewed]

The Co-Chairs of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF), Pertti Majanen (Finland) and Mansur Muhtar (Nigeria), met with UN Member States and stakeholders on 18 July 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, to discuss the Committee's progress and key messages that will be included in the final report from the Committee, which they said is expected to be concluded in August.

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Kutesa Confirms Theme for 69th UNGA[viewed]

Sam Kutesa, UN General Assembly (UNGA) president-elect, announced that the theme for the 69th UNGA session will be ‘Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda.' UN Member States will be invited to comment on the theme during the 69th General Debate (beginning on 24 September 2014).

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Member States Adopt Draft Outcome of SIDS Conference [viewed]

UN Member States adopted the Draft Outcome of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), titled 'Accelerated Modalities of Action [S.A.M.O.A.] Pathway,' concluding the work of the Preparatory Committee. The resumed PrepCom took place until 11 July 2014.

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World Bank Official Outlines Views on Financing, Partnerships for Post-2015[viewed]

In a blog post, Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank, discusses how to achieve successful financing for the post-2015 development agenda. Mohieldin, who serves as Special Envoy to World Bank President Jim Kim, describes the need to scale up development finance, including through resources from large institutional investors, and highlights the role of multi-stakeholder partnerships in financing and implementing the post-2015 agenda.

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Event: Second Natural Capital Summit of the Natural Capital Initiative[viewed]

The Natural Capital Initiative's (NCI) Second Natural Capital Summit will bring together 250 leaders from academia, policy, business, and civil society to discuss the role of natural capital accounting in planning and decision-making.

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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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