Finance

Australia Briefs Member States on G20 Agenda 2014 [viewed]

G20AUSTRALIA24 July 2014: The Group of 20 will focus on promoting stronger economic growth and employment outcomes, and making the global economy more resilient to deal with future shocks, as the priorities of its 2014 presidency. Daniel Sloper, Special Representative for the G20 of Australia, reported on the event during a briefing for UN Member States on 24 July 2014, in New York, US.

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Civil Society Reacts to Proposed SDGs [viewed]

OWGJuly 2014: In reaction to the final outcome of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in which it proposed SDGs at the conclusion of the 13th session (OWG 13), a number of Major Groups and civil society organizations have released papers and press releases commenting on the proposal. The majority of reactions suggest the outcome is a significant step forward, while also highlighting specific concerns. Many groups expressed appreciation for the OWG's inclusiveness, noting that full and meaningful participation of civil society is being recognized as an essential aspect of the new global agenda.

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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: 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). In consultations on organizational modalities for the Summit, Member States are considering holding the summit on 21-23 September 2015.  

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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'. This iteration of the conference is exploring how evolving knowledge of climate can create sustainable agricultural production systems in Africa, so that it can feed itself and support the socio-economic development of its people. The impact of climate change on vulnerable groups, such as farmers, women, youth and pastoralists, will be at the center of the discussions. Each year, CCDA brings together stakeholders from civil society, academia, the policy arena and intergovernmental organizations to discuss the interrelationships between climate change and development, with a focus on opportunities, best practices, different approaches, strategies and planning. The event is organized under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme, which is a consortium of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

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

United Nations18 July 2014: 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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World Bank Official Outlines Views on Financing, Partnerships for Post-2015 [viewed]

WorldbanklogoJuly 2014: 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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BRICS Launch Development Bank [viewed]

vi-brics-summit16 July 2014: The Sixth BRICS Summit resulted in the establishment of the New Development Bank, which is to finance infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging and developing economies. The Summit also launched a BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA), and issued a declaration outlining the five countries' common position on a number of global issues, including climate change and sustainable energy.

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UNGA High-Level Debate Discusses Investment in Africa [viewed]

UNGA17 July 2014: Participants recognized Africa's promising growth potential at a UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Thematic Debate on the role of investment in the region. The debate focused on ‘Promotion of investment in Africa and its catalytic role in achieving Africa's development objectives, including those of the New Partnership, particularly the eradication of poverty and the achievement of inclusive and sustained economic growth and development.'

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EEA Highlights Employment, Innovation Benefits of a Green Economy [viewed]

EEA15 July 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report, titled 'Resource-efficient green economy and EU policies,' which describes a range of policies with environmental and economic benefits that can help Europe create jobs and encourage innovation.

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