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ILO Highlights Partnership with Mauritius on Green Economy [viewed]

ilo-mauritius26 August 2014: 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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UNIDO Nigerian Summit Reflects on MDGs, Inclusive Growth [viewed]

unido-nigeria19 August 2014: 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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Event: HABITAT III - First PrepCom [viewed]

The first session of the Preparatory Committee of the third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will consider: the Secretary-General of the Conference's progress report on the Conference preparations; progress to date in the implementation of the outcomes of Habitat II; new and emerging challenges on sustainable urban development; financing for the preparatory process and the Conference; and arrangements for the future sessions of the Preparatory Committee. Habitat III will take place in 2016, according to General Assembly Resolution 66/207.  

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Event: Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming [viewed]

As part of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), FAO will convene an international Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM) to showcase the role of Communication for Development (ComDev) methods and tools as a driver for innovation and family farmers' participation in rural development strategies. The FCCM main objectives are to: showcase the contribution of ComDev, particularly community media, to family farming, providing evidence of innovative programmes and farmer-led experiences; raise awareness about the potential of communication in agriculture and rural development, giving voice to farmers and civil society organizations, rural institutions, private sector and community media; and identify opportunities, policy options and strategic initiatives to promote ComDev policies and services in support of family farming and rural development. The Forum's recommendations are expected to contribute to the Global Dialogue on Family Farming, to be held in Rome from 27-28 October 2014.  

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IFAD Recommends Global Response to Food Security [viewed]

IFAD18 August 2014: In advance of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released an infographic, titled ‘Investing in Small Island Developing States,' and a publication, titled ‘IFAD's Approach in SIDS: A global response to island voices for food security.' These resources 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]

United Nations18 August 2014: 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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UNDP Administrator Outlines Long-Term Development View [viewed]

UNDP7 August 2014: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark stressed the need to “get ahead of the curve of future crises and disasters to avert huge and costly development setbacks and lives lost,” in the Aspen Institute's Third Annual Madeleine K. Albright Global Development Lecture. In 'Making Sense of the World We Live In: The Development Contribution,' Clark highlighted: the work involved in achieving transformational change; the importance of investments in building resilience; challenges in nation building; and progress and next steps on the post-2015 development agenda.

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Expert Workshop Charts Action Strategy for Data Revolution [viewed]

data-revolution24 July 2014: Without investment in the production and use of high quality data, there is no guarantee that a data revolution will improve development outcomes, according to participants at an expert workshop on ‘The data revolution: from talk to action.' The workshop's outcome document discusses the data revolution, describes principles for sustained improvement to maximize the value of development data, identifies challenges and constraints, and outlines an agenda for action to work towards over the next two years.

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Event: International Mountain Day 2014 [viewed]

Organized under the theme 'Mountain Farming,' the 2014 International Mountain Day will focus on highlighting the rapid transformation of family farming in mountain regions driven by population growth and economic globalization, among other factors. The Day is meant to provide opportunities to: raise awareness on the importance of mountains to life; highlight opportunities and constraints in mountain development; and build partnerships for positive change in mountains and highlands, globally. Coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Day will also constitute one of the concluding events of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming and link to relevant FAO publications and programmes.  

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International Day Highlights Need for Full Implementation of Indigenous Peoples' Rights [viewed]

unitednations-wcip9 August 2014: Representatives of indigenous peoples, Member States and UN agencies marked the International Day of the World's Indigenous People with an event on the theme, ‘Bridging the Gap: Implementing the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.' Noting that this year's International Day occurs at an important moment in international negotiations toward a new climate agreement and the post-2015 development agenda, they called for full recognition and implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

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