Africa

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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UNGA President Clarifies Intention to Forward OWG Proposal to UNGA [viewed]

OWG20 August 2014: In a letter to UN Member States, President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) John Ashe clarified his intention to submit the proposal of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the UNGA “for its consideration and appropriate action.”

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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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Acharya Recommends 50% of ODA for LDCs [viewed]

UN-OHRLLS21 July 2014: “Those that are in danger of slipping should be given foremost priority,” writes Gyan Chandra Acharya, UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS) in a post for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 'In My View' series. He argues that half of all official development assistance (ODA) should be allocated to the LDCs to address poverty eradication and sustainable development.

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Civil Society Addresses Key Questions for Post-2015 [viewed]

OWGAugust 2014: Civil society groups and others continue to react to the 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through blog posts, reviews and statements. Others have begun to reflect more broadly on the post-2015 development agenda, considering next steps in the negotiations and highlighting areas that will need to be addressed by the framework.

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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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ICESDF Concludes Work, Forwards Report to UNGA [viewed]

United Nations8 August 2014: The Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) has concluded its work, adopting its draft report and forwarding it to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) for consideration. The report was finalized during the Committee's fifth and final session, held on 4-8 August 2014, in New York, US.

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First US-Africa Summit Addresses Energy, Food Security [viewed]

us.africa.summit6 August 2014: The US-Africa Summit, which brought together over 50 Heads of State from Africa and US President Barack Obama, addressed, inter alia: promoting inclusive sustainable development; expanding trade and investment ties; engaging young African leaders; and expanding cooperation on peace and security. The Summit also featured sessions on resilience and food security in a changing climate, and combatting wildlife trafficking.

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African and US Leaders Discuss Illegal Trade in Wildlife [viewed]

us.africa.summit4 August 2014: African Heads of State and US leaders discussed best practices and future steps in a 'Dialogue on Combating Wildlife Trafficking,' which took place during the US-Africa Leaders Summit. The event aimed to build on progress made in addressing illegal trade, identify areas where the US and Africa could collaborate to combat wildlife trafficking and inspire youth to safeguard their natural heritage for future generations.

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Event: First Africa Regional Mountain Meeting [viewed]

The First African Mountains Regional Forum will take place under the theme, ‘Towards a Shared Mountain Agenda for Africa'. The Forum aims to frame a regional agenda for sustainable mountain development in African mountains as well as to enhance collaboration among African government institutions, academia, civil society and the private sector.

The Forum's objectives are to: identify strategic actions to address major emerging regional issues, such as climate change; and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to enhance understanding of common regional conservation and development issues, including challenges related to climate change, energy, food security and water in African mountain regions. The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and the African Mountain Partnerships Champions Committee are organizing the forum in partnership with the East African Community (EAC), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).  

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