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Special Adviser on Post-2015 Outlines Next Steps [viewed]

United Nations29 July 2014: In a letter to stakeholders, the UN Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning highlighted the outcome of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and outlined next steps in the process to agree on the post-2015 development agenda. Amina Mohammed conveys UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's appreciation for the “constructive engagement” of Major Groups and other Stakeholders with the OWG, which she says “significantly contributed to this comprehensive and transformative proposal."

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Multi-stakeholder Group Discusses Engagement in Post-2015 Process [viewed]

unmillenniumcampaign25 July 2014: The UN Millennium Campaign organized a meeting and teleconference of the Multi-stakeholder Post-2015 Outreach Strategic Planning Group, to inform participants about next steps in the post-2015 process and opportunities for civil society engagement. The briefing covered: reflections on the Open Working Group (OWG) and on the way forward; the “stocktaking event” of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) president; the 65th UN DPI/NGO Conference ‘2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda'; and the Action 2015 initiative and civil society campaigning and mobilization plans.

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UN Decade of SE4ALL Launched in Europe [viewed]

SE4ALL24 July 2014: The Scottish government hosted the European launch of the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), which is taking place from 2014-2024. The event follows the global launch of the Decade, which took place in New York, US, on 5 June, during the first SE4ALL Forum.

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UNICEF Reviews SDG Proposal from Child Rights Perspective [viewed]

Unicef LogoJuly 2014: “There is much to celebrate for children in the goals and targets proposed by the Open Working Group (OWG),” declares a report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The report, titled ‘A Post-2015 World Fit for Children: A Review of the OWG Report on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a Child Rights Perspective,' welcomes proposed goals and targets related to children while stressing the need to maintain progress for children's rights in negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.

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UN Agencies Respond to OWG Outcome [viewed]

United NationsiomlogoJuly 2014: UN agencies began responding to the proposal of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), after the OWG concluded its work on 19 July 2014 with recommendations for 17 possible goals and 169 targets.

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Event: First Ministerial and Policy Conference on Sustainable Transport [viewed]

This conference is part of the Africa Sustainable Transport Forum, a high-level platform for discussion and policy decision making. The Forum aims to integrate sustainable transport into Africa's development and planning processes and increase funding to sustainable transport programmes in Africa, with the broader aim of improving access to transport, reducing air pollution and climate emissions, and improving road safety and health. The Forum also aims to share experiences from demonstration and pilot projects and foster South-South exchanges. The Forum intends to hold Ministerial conferences bi-annually, with Sub-Regional conferences in the interim years. The Forum is a partnership among the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the World Bank. UNEP hosts the Forum Secretariat.  

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Event: Global Landscapes Forum [viewed]

The second Global Landscapes Forum will be convened on the margins of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Peru. The Forum will consider the landscape approach within the framework of climate change and development. Themes will include food, water and energy; climate change; the green economy; and sustainable development.  

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Event: 2015 Zaragoza Conference [viewed]

The UN-Water International Zaragoza Conference in January 2015 will consider the theme "Water and Sustainable Development" and will focus on how to bring the post-2015 international agenda on water and sanitation into action. More than 300 participants from UN agencies and programmes, experts, representatives of the business community, governmental and non-governmental organizations will participate in the 15-17 January 2015 event in Zaragoza, Spain, to draw conclusions based on existing practice and the exchange of views between governments and stakeholders. This event will take place during the final year of the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life,' and participants will contribute to efforts to take stock of and learn from achievements as well as planning the next steps. This invitation-only event also will help UN-Water to prepare for World Water Day, which will focus on “water and sustainable development” in 2015.  

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ILO Calls for Engagement of Labor Sector in Green Economy [viewed]

ilo-eu18 July 2014: 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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UNEP Releases 2014 Year Book on Emerging Environmental Issues [viewed]

UNEPJuly 2014: UNEP has made available an e-book edition of its year book, titled ‘UNEP Year Book 2014: Emerging Issues in Our Global Environment,' which illustrates, across ten chapters, the emergence of current environmental challenges and explores innovative solutions to address them.

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