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US, Hawaii Announce Aloha+ Challenge for Sustainability [viewed]

1sep.sids1 September 2014: The Aloha+ Challenge has been announced in Apia, Samoa, following its launch in Hawaii, US, on 7 July 2014. The joint sustainability commitment includes targets on: clean energy transformation; local food production; natural resource management; waste reduction; smart growth and climate resilience; and green jobs and education.

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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: 75th Session of the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management [viewed]

The seventy-fifth session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) will review the current and past activities of the Committee and its Working Parties. The range of topics to be discussed includes the Country Profiles on housing and land management, sustainable housing and real estate markets, energy efficiency in the housing sector, sustainable urban development, and land management. The 75th CHLM will be preceded on 7 October 2014 by a day of informal negotiations on the draft Charter on Sustainable Housing.  

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UNGA Concludes Structured Dialogues on Technology Facilitation [viewed]

UNGA23 July 2014: The UN General Assembly held the fourth "structured dialogue" for Member States, the private sector, and civil society to discuss possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The co-moderators of the dialogue will submit a report, along with elements for a procedural resolution, to the UNGA President by the end of July, and expect to receive further guidance in early September.

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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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