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World Investment Report 2014 Outlines Business Role in Achieving SDGs [viewed]

UNCTAD24 June 2014: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released its annual World Investment Report on the sidelines of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. The report offers an investment plan for businesses to invest in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) currently being developed. It finds that implementing the SDGs in poor countries will require investment of up to US$4.5 trillion annually.

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EC Holds Public Consultations on Green Goods Trade [viewed]

European Union 12 June 2014: The European Commission (EC) is holding a public consultation on an upcoming trade agreement for environmental (green) goods and services. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2014, the EU and 13 other World Trade Organization (WTO) members pledged to launch negotiations to liberalize global trade in environmental goods.

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G7 to Support Developing Countries in Negotiating Extractives Contracts [viewed]

G7brussels.20149 June 2014: The Brussels Summit of the Group of Seven (G7) countries announced the launch of the Strengthening Assistance for Complex Contract Negotiations (CONNEX) initiative, which aims to provide developing countries with "extended and concrete expertise for negotiating complex commercial contracts." The initial focus of the initiative will be on the extractives sector, and will include the development of a central resource hub.

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G7 Declaration Highlights Energy Security, Climate Change, Sustainable Development [viewed]

g7-eu5 June 2014: The Presidents of the European Council and European Commission (EC) have gathered with leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US for a G7 Summit, during which they discussed issues related to Ukraine and global foreign policy issues, as well as energy, climate, economy and development, among others. The resulting Brussels G7 Summit Declaration addresses each of these issues and affirms the G7's commitment to “the values of freedom and democracy, and their universality and to fostering peace and security.”

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Ecosystems, Economy and Society Conference Considers Catalysts for Action on Large-Scale Restoration [viewed]

ecosystems-economy-society30 May 2014: On the second day of the conference titled 'Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How Large-Scale Restoration Can Stimulate Sustainable Development,' participants heard about different approaches to restoration, projects from around the world, and reflections on the larger movement for ecosystem restoration.

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Ecosystems, Economy and Society Conference Highlights Large-Scale Restoration as Path to Sustainable Development [viewed]

ecosystems-economy-society29 May 2014: The first day of the international conference on 'Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How Large-Scale Restoration Can Stimulate Sustainable Development' opened with a high-level overview of major challenges and pathways to sustainable development. In opening remarks, Antoine Frérot, CEO, Veolia, pointed to the need to change business-as-usual practices, commenting that "impoverishing nature impoverishes humanity."

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Event: G7 Summit [viewed]

The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom (UK), the US, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission (EC) will convene for a G7 Summit from the evening of 4 June through the morning of 5 June 2014. Leaders are expected to discuss: the situation in Ukraine and relations with the Russian Federation; climate change and development; energy security; the global economy; trade; and other foreign policy topics. The 40th meeting of the G8 summit was scheduled to be held in the Russian Federation in June 2014. At their meeting in The Hague, the Netherlands in March 2014, the G7 leaders decided to hold a meeting without the Russian Federation, due to the Crimean crisis.  

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May 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdbMay 2014: During May, international and regional financial institutions, including the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), undertook a variety of actions related to water resources, including presenting the results of existing projects, participating in regional conferences and approving new loans. Projects this month addressed issues including transboundary water cooperation, water supply and sanitation, hydroelectric generation, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ecosystem service conservation, among others.

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Event: International Ocean Conference 2014 [viewed]

This event will focus on the theme 'Our Ocean'. The US Department of State will host the Conference, which will bring together individuals, experts, practitioners, advocates, lawmakers, and the international oceans and foreign policy communities to gather lessons learned, share the best science, offer unique perspectives and demonstrate effective actions. The Conference will address the topics of Sustainable Fisheries, Marine Pollution and Ocean Acidification.  

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SIDS Conference PrepCom Concludes Intersessional Meeting [viewed]

SIDS Conference logo29 April 2014: UN Member States concluded the second reading of the Zero Draft of the Outcome of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), ending the intersessional meeting of the Preparatory Committee.

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