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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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Event: Sixth BRICS Summit [viewed]

The sixth Summit of the BRICS, which comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, will convene in Fortaleza and Brasília, Brazil, from 15-16 July, under the theme 'Inclusive Growth, Sustainable Solutions'. The Summit will discuss the establishment of the BRICS Development Bank, aimed at financing infrastructure and sustainable development projects, and the Contingent Reserve Arrangement for assisting countries of the bloc. Discussions will also be held on social inclusion and development. The Summit is expected to result in the signing of two primary financial agreements, an action plan for common social indicators methodologies, and the Fortaleza Declaration containing views of the group on matters on the international agenda and of cooperation within the BRICS. Preceding the Summit, meetings of the BRICS finance ministers, central bank governors and ministers of trade, the BRICS Business Forum and Business Council, and the BRICS Financal Forum will be held on 14 July in Fortaleza.  

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Experts Discuss Transition from MDGs to SDGs [viewed]

UNDP9 July 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) hosted a panel discussion on the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 9 July 2014.

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SDSN Launches Deep Decarbonization Pathways Report, South Asia Network [viewed]

unsdsn8 July 2014: The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) presented its interim report on the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The report, ‘Pathways to Deep Decarbonization,' illustrates options for how major emitting countries can decrease their carbon emissions to achieve a low-carbon economy by 2050.

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G-77/China, Others Hold Side Events at First UNEA [viewed]

unea27 June 2014: The 50th Anniversary of the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China) was commemorated during the first meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 June 2014. The commemoration was one of over 40 UNEA side events, which also included discussions on air quality in African cities, sustainable consumption and production (SCP), sound management of chemicals and waste, illegal trade in wildlife, and green and decent jobs.

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GGKP Announces Green Growth Publications [viewed]

green-growth-plataform1 July 2014: The Green Growth Best Practices Initiative (GGBP) has published the first comprehensive global assessment of lessons and good practices in green growth planning, as highlighted in the Global Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) Knowledge Update. The assessment report, titled 'Green Growth in Practice: Lessons from Country Experiences,' consists of evaluations of green growth programs around the world, and was written by 75 authors engaged by the GGBP initiative.

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Turkey Joins WAVES Partnership [viewed]

waves26 June 2014: Turkey has become the 70th participating country partner of the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership, while two of the Partnership's eight core implementing countries, Guatemala and Indonesia, have advanced natural capital accounting (NCA) in consultation with the initiative.

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UNEP Discusses Financing Green Economy at UNEA [viewed]

UNEP25 June 2014: Environment leaders, policy makers and financial experts convened for the Symposium on Financing the Green Economy on the sidelines of the first meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA). The Symposium examined how private financial capital can be mobilized to deliver long-term sustainable prosperity, as a necessary complement to public expenditure. It was organized by the UN Environment Programme's Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and the UNEP Inquiry on The Design of a Sustainable Financial System (UNEP Inquiry), and took place on 25 June 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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UNFF Briefs States on UNFF 11, IAF Assessment and SDGs, New Director Announced [viewed]

Unff2 July 2014: The Chair of the Bureau (Gabon) of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) provided a briefing, following a meeting of the Bureau, regarding the 11th session of the UNFF, activities taking place between UNFF 10 and 11, and forests on the post-2015 development agenda. The new Director of UNFF, effective 1 September 2014, was also announced during the briefing.

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DESA Launches Prototype of Global SD Report [viewed]

Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Economic and Social Affairs, presented the Prototype Global Sustainable Development Report to HLPF-21 July 2014: A discussion of the Prototype Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) took place on the margins of the second session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), on 1 July 2014, in New York, US. The prototype report aims to support Member States' deliberations in the HLPF on the scope and methodology of a GSDR. The executive summary of the prototype report was presented at HLPF 1 in September 2013.

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