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UN Watercourses Convention Enters into Force[viewed]

The UN Convention on the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses (UN Watercourses Convention) entered into force on 17 August 2014, with the 35th ratification of the Convention by Viet Nam in May 2014. The Convention, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 21 May 1997, is the only global agreement addressing the 276 transboundary freshwater lakes and rivers worldwide.

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IFAD Recommends Global Response to Food Security[viewed]

In advance of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released an infographic, ‘Investing in Small Island Developing States,' and a publication, ‘IFAD's approach in SIDS: A global response to island voices for food security,' which highlight SIDS' characteristics, show IFAD's strategic approaches to SIDS engagement, and propose moving towards “a global response to island voices for food security.”

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UN Leaders Urge Action in Last 500 Days of MDGs[viewed]

The UN marked the 500-day milestone of time left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with statements and events noting both successes and challenges towards achieving the eight goals. UN leaders and others urged a final push for global action in the remaining 500 days until the end of 2015.

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PGA Announces ICESDF Report as UNGA 69 Document[viewed]

The President of the UN General Assembly, John Ashe, has circulated to Member States the Report of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF). The report was adopted on 8 August 2014, during the Committee's fifth and last session. Ashe notes that the report will be issued as a document of UNGA 69, "for consideration and appropriate action in the context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda."

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PGA Reports on Technology Dialogues, Transmits Elements for Resolution[viewed]

The President of the UN General Assembly, John Ashe, issued a Summary Report and recommendations from the four, one-day "structured dialogues" on possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. He also noted the presentation of draft elements for a procedural resolution on the issue, and indicated that the current co-facilitators will lead intergovernmental consultations in this regard.

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Asia-Pacific Consultation on Post-2015 Accountability Calls for Stronger Use of Data and Statistics[viewed]

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has issued the Chair's summary of a regional consultation on ensuring accountability for implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. The consultation took place during ESCAP's 70th session in Bangkok, Thailand, on 5-6 August 2014. The meeting was the second in a series of regional consultations on accountability organized by the UN regional commissions.

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ESCAP Launches 70-Year Review of Social, Economic Development[viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) launched a 70-year review of social and economic development in the region, on the sidelines of its 70th session in Bangkok, Thailand. ‘Asia and the Pacific: A Story of Transformation and Resurgence' is a "survey of surveys" that traces the story of development in the region, based on ESCAP's annual Economic and Social Surveys since 1947, when the Commission was known as the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE).

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Consultations on Post-2015 Summit to Resume in September[viewed]

UN Member States decided to postpone concluding the informal consultations on organizational modalities of the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. The consultations are expected to resume in early September. Consultations started on 27 June 2014 at UN Headquarters, in New York, US, and continued throughout July, with delegations discussing a draft resolution and annexes that elaborate on key elements, which were circulated by the co-facilitators, Robert Guba Aisi of Papua New Guinea, and Ib Petersen of Denmark.

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Secretary-General Reports on International Financial System and Development[viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has issued a report on the 'International financial system and development.' Submitted in response to UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 68/201, the report reviews recent trends in international official and private capital flows to developing countries, as well as efforts to strengthen the international financial system "towards the post-2015 development agenda."

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UN Committee Discusses Geospatial Information for Sustainable Development[viewed]

Ministers and senior leaders discussed how to ensure more consistent locational positioning and mapping across the globe at the fourth session of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM). The Committee is mandated to assist in making accurate, authoritative and reliable geospatial information available to support global, regional and national development, including for the post-2015 development agenda, as well as to enhance collaboration among Member States.

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