Stakeholder Participation

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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UNGA-ECOSOC Debate Explores Post-2015 Partnerships [viewed]

Post-2015 Partnerships10 April 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held a joint thematic debate on the role of partnerships in implementing the post-2015 development agenda.

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Event: C20 Online Consultation on Inclusive Growth and Employment [viewed]

The C20 Inclusive Growth and Employment Working Group aims to develop recommendations for the G20 on pursuing linked goals of boosting growth, creating quality jobs and reducing inequality. The online consultation will focus its discussion on five key areas: participation of vulnerable groups, including women and youth; education and employment; accelerating the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and defining the post-2015 development agenda; tackling youth unemployment; and key civil society issues for the G20 around inclusive growth and employment. Caroline Smith, National Employment Services Association (NESA), Australia, and Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, Oxfam UK, serve as the discussion moderators. This online consultation is one of four that the C20 is conducting to encourage a dialogue between representatives of civil society organizations and political leaders of G20 countries. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting the C20 Conversations.  

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UNEP, Cities Alliance Outline Tools for Integrating Environment into Urban Planning [viewed]

Integrating the Environment in Urban Planning and Management: Key Principles and Approaches for Cities in the 21st Century8 April 2014: Rapid urbanization is an opportunity to build more sustainable, equitable and efficient cities and towns, according to ‘Integrating the Environment in Urban Planning and Management: Key Principles and Approaches for Cities in the 21st Century,' a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Cities Alliance. The report focuses on the City Development Strategy (CDS) as a tool to integrate environmental issues into city planning while reducing poverty, promoting inclusive economic growth and ensuring sustainable consumption and production (SCP).

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Event: 15th Meeting of the Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea [viewed]

The 15th meeting of the Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea will focus on the theme, ‘The role of seafood in global food security'. The meeting will include plenary sessions and discussion panels on the following areas: understanding global food security and the current role of seafood; the role of seafood in global food security in the context of sustainable development; and opportunities for, and challenges to, the future role of seafood in global food security. The meeting will result in a Co-Chairs' summary of ideas and issues raised and discussed. The Consultative Process meets annually to conduct a review and consider the report of the Secretary-General on oceans and the law of the sea, with an emphasis on identifying areas for enhancing intergovernmental and inter-agency coordination and cooperation.  

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UNCTAD Hosts Second Geneva Dialogue on Post-2015 [viewed]

UNCTAD4 April 2014: The UN Conference on Trade and Development hosted the second in its series of Geneva Dialogues, engaging Member States, civil society, international organizations, and the private sector in informal discussions around trade and the post-2015 development agenda. This meeting, titled 'The Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda: The Road from Bali,' considered how trade can be an enabler of inclusive and sustainable development. 

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Event: Fourth Global Infrastructure Basel Summit 2014 [viewed]

The fourth GIB Summit will be held at the Congress Center Basel, Switzerland on 21-22 May 2014, and will focus on 'Mainstreaming Sustainability in Infrastructure Finance and Investment'. The 4th Global Infrastructure Basel Summit 2014 will begin with an interactive, participant-centred workshop titled 'Financing Infrastructure Projects in Cities – Avoiding Traps and Achieving Sustainability'. The session will use the case study discussion method to draw out key issues, best practices and useful tools for financing sustainable infrastructure. Round table discussions, workshops, plenaries, and investment forums will provide a unique platform for interaction among global leaders, investors, project developers and practitioners to address issues including: removing the bottleneck of greenfield projects through early-stage financing; creditworthiness of cities; sustainable infrastructure as an asset class; and spurring sustainable infrastructure development with new approaches.  

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UNISDR Invites Business' Ideas on DRR and Avoiding New Risks [viewed]

UNISDR2 April 2014: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has launched a month-long online consultation with the international business community, inviting businesses to contribute their expertise and ideas on the role of financial reform, regulation, building codes and incentives to allow business to make safer investments and avoid creating new risk in the process of driving economic growth and development.

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Event: Fifth Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention and Second Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs [viewed]

The fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) (30 June-1 July), the second session of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Protocol on PRTRs) (3-4 July), their joint High-level Segment (2 July) and associated preparatory meetings will take place in Maastricht. The event will provide a platform for parties and stakeholders to discuss achievements and challenges in promoting a wide range of topics, including access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters. Parties are also expected to discuss global promotion of the Convention and agree on a number of decisions to guide their implementation in the next intersessional period, including future strategic plan and work programme.  

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