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Global Donor Working Group on Land Brief Supports Land Targets and Indicators [viewed]

globaldonorplataform22 April 2014: The Global Donor Working Group on Land has released an update to their policy brief, titled ‘Land in a post-2015 framework.' The update, ‘Policy brief No. 10: Land target and indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),' reflects the latest developments on a proposed land target and indicators, and stresses the responsible governance of tenure of land and natural resources as essential for achieving poverty eradication and sustainable development.

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UNEP Highlights Green Economy Shift Benefits in Kenya [viewed]

green-economy15 April 2014: Kenya's transition to a green economy could result in higher natural resource productivity, a cleaner environment, increased food security and an estimated US$45 billion in economic benefits by 2030, according to a study launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Kenya.

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Event: Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on Sustainable Tourism in 10YFP [viewed]

The Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) will discuss key activities of the 10YFP. The meeting aims to identify: sub-programmes on sustainable tourism within the 10YFP; areas of geographic focus; and outcome indicators. The meeting includes a special session on sustainable development of tourism in small island developing States (SIDS), including discussion of transport and tourism infrastructure, and environmental protection. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) hosts the 10YFP secretariat. The Korea Tourism Organization is organizing the consultation, in partnership with the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), UNEP, the World Tourism Organization and the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.  

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Event: Fourth Meeting of the Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network [viewed]

The Fourth Meeting of the Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network (PacMAB) will bring together managers and researchers to discuss the role of biosphere reserves in sustainable development in the Pacific. The meeting aims to assess progress and identify challenges in implementing the Madrid Action Plan in Pacific biosphere reserves. Participants will also: assess the role of biosphere reserves in contributing to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); discuss actions for the post-2015 development agenda, such as a roadmap for contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); identify follow up actions, including possible ways to increase the number of reserves in the Pacific; share success stories for managing natural resources while fostering economic development; and consider how to improve cooperation and governance of the biosphere reserves and the network. The PacMAB includes the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa and Tonga.  

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Event: Second UN Conference on LLDCs [viewed]

The 10-year Review Conference on the Implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action, titled ‘Addressing the Special Needs of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) within a New Global Framework for Transit Transport Cooperation for Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries in 2014,' has four key aims. It aims to: undertake a comprehensive appraisal of the implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action; identify international, regional, subregional and national international trade and transit transport cooperation policies and review transit transport systems within the context of new and emerging challenges, partnerships and opportunities; reaffirm the global commitment to addressing the special development needs of and the challenges faced by LLDCs; and mobilize international support and action by and for LLDCs, including the formulation and adoption of a renewed development partnership framework for the next decade. In advance of the conference, the Open-ended Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Conference is expected to hold two sessions at UN Headquarters in New York, the US: the first from 12-13 June; and the second from 11-12 September.  

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Meeting on Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation Develops Communiqué [viewed]

global-partnership16 April 2014: Delegates to the first High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation adopted a communiqué, titled ‘Building Towards An Inclusive Post-2015 Development Agenda,' agreeing to advance cooperation on various concrete commitments, including aid to strengthen countries' own tax systems.

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ECOSOC, IFIs Discuss Financing for Sustainable Development [viewed]

Ecosoc Un15 April 2014: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held a two-day, special high-level meeting with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Global private sector and civil society representatives discussed the need for greater international cooperation in macroeconomic policies and a coherent financing framework for sustainable development, the implementation of international monetary reform, and the creation of a more inclusive system of global governance.

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Sanitation and Water for All High-Level Meeting a Milestone in High-Level Commitments Dialogue [viewed]

SWA11 April 2014: The Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High-Level Meeting was convened by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to address the theme “smart investments to achieve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for all.” The meeting was marked by 250 commitments pledged by 40 SWA partner countries to variously: increase and improve the use of financial resources; reduce inequality in access; build capacity of institutions delivering water and sanitation services; and coordinate resources more effectively from both governments and donor aid.

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WHO/UNICEF JMP Launches 2014 Data Update on Water Supply and Sanitation [viewed]

jmp11 April 2014: The World Health Organization (WHO) / UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation recently launched a redesigned website, which contains newly released documents including the ‘2014 Update - Progress on Drinking-Water and Sanitation,' ‘A Snapshot on Progress - 2014 Update,' and ‘Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Post 2015.'

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CEO Water Mandate Conference Addresses Corporate Water Stewardship [viewed]

United Nations Global Compact10 April 2014: The UN Global Compact convened the CEO Water Mandate Conference to address corporate water stewardship, collective action and the post-2015 development agenda, particularly in relation to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The meeting placed many of these issues in the local context, examining water challenges faced by the host country Peru.

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