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PGA Announces ICESDF Report as UNGA 69 Document

UNGA14 August 2014: The President of the UN General Assembly, John Ashe, has circulated to Member States the Report of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF). The report was adopted on 8 August 2014, during the Committee's fifth and last session. Ashe notes that the report will be issued as a document of UNGA 69, "for consideration and appropriate action in the context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda."

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PGA Reports on Technology Dialogues, Transmits Elements for Resolution

UNGA13 August 2014: The President of the UN General Assembly, John Ashe, has issued a Summary Report and recommendations from the four one-day "structured dialogues" on possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. He also noted the presentation of draft elements for a procedural resolution on the issue, and indicated that the current co-facilitators will lead intergovernmental consultations in this regard.

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World Bank, IMF Publish Guidelines for Natural Resource Administration

worldbank_imf7 August 2014: The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have jointly published a guide on the effective administration of public revenues from oil, gas, coal, minerals, and other non-renewable natural resources. The publication, titled ‘Administering Fiscal Regimes for Extractive Industries: A Handbook,' offers policymakers in developing and emerging market countries guidelines to, inter alia, address growing calls for transparency and accountability in the sector.

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ICESDF Concludes Work, Forwards Report to UNGA

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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International Day Highlights Need for Full Implementation of Indigenous Peoples' Rights

unitednations-wcip9 August 2014: Representatives of indigenous peoples, Member States and UN agencies marked the International Day of the World's Indigenous People with an event on the theme, ‘Bridging the Gap: Implementing the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.' Noting that this year's International Day occurs at an important moment in international negotiations toward a new climate agreement and the post-2015 development agenda, they called for full recognition and implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Three-Year Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport

United Nations8 August 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has established a High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, announcing the Group's membership on 8 August 2014. The Group aims to promote accelerated implementation of sustainable transport, in line with objectives to address climate change, protect the global environment and ecosystems and promote inclusive and equitable growth and social development.

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ICESDF Holds Final Multi-stakeholder Dialogue

United Nations5 August 2014: The Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) held an interactive multi-stakeholder dialogue during its fifth and final session, which convened from 4-8 August 2014. The interactive dialogue took place on 5 August 2014 in New York, US.

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PGA Transmits Report of OWG to Member States

UNGA4 August 2014: The President of the General Assembly (PGA) has transmitted to Member States a letter by the Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Goals (SDGs), Csaba Kőrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary, and Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, containing the report of the OWG to the General Assembly (GA).

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Civil Society Continues to Issue Reactions to Proposed SDGs

OWGAugust 2014: In reaction to the 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identified by the Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs, civil society organizations (CSOs) have issued articles and positions outlining their ideas for consideration during the next steps in defining the post-2015 development agenda.

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LDCs Conference Discusses Building Productive Capacity

UN-OHRLLS31 July 2014: Delegates discussed ways to enhance the ability of least developed countries (LDCs) to overcome structural constraints, including in the post-2015 development agenda, at the Cotonou Conference.

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PGA Appoints Co-facilitators for Consultations on Modalities for 3rd FfD Conference

UNGA30 July 2014: The President of the General Assembly (PGA) appointed George Talbot, Permanent Representative of Guyana to the UN, and Geir Pedersen, Permanent Representative of Norway to the UN, as co-facilitators for the intergovernmental consultations on the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD).

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SDSN Issues Indicator Framework for SDGs

unsdsn25 July 2014: The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) issued a revised working draft of an indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report proposes an indicator framework for discussion, outlines principles for SDG monitoring and identifies gaps that need to be filled by 2016 to implement the SDGs.

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UNIDO Magazine Focuses on Partnerships and Financing for Development

UNIDOJuly 2014: The 16th edition of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Magazine, ‘Making It' focuses on the theme ‘Partnerships and Financing for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development.' The issue highlights potential ways to address environmental and social challenges in a sustainable and lasting manner, including through partnering with the private sector and harnessing industry's potential to achieve sustainable development.

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OWG Co-Chairs Reflect on Consensus Outcome

OWG28 July 2014: In a letter to Member States, the Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) express their hope for a far-reaching impact of the outcome agreed at the 13th and final session of the OWG (OWG 13), held on 14-19 July 2014. Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, and Csaba Kőrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary, note that the Group's report was approved with “only a handful of expressions of reservations on some targets,” and is "truly indicative of a global consensus."

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UNICEF Reviews SDG Proposal from Child Rights Perspective

Unicef LogoJuly 2014: “There is much to celebrate for children in the goals and targets proposed by the Open Working Group (OWG),” declares a report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The report, titled ‘A Post-2015 World Fit for Children: A Review of the OWG Report on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a Child Rights Perspective,' welcomes proposed goals and targets related to children while stressing the need to maintain progress for children's rights in negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.

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Australia Briefs Member States on G20 Agenda 2014

G20AUSTRALIA24 July 2014: The Group of 20 will focus on promoting stronger economic growth and employment outcomes, and making the global economy more resilient to deal with future shocks, as the priorities of its 2014 presidency. Daniel Sloper, Special Representative for the G20 of Australia, reported on the event during a briefing for UN Member States on 24 July 2014, in New York, US.

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ECOSOC Adopts Provisional Agenda, Themes for 2015 Session

United Nations22 July 2014: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has adopted the provisional agenda and agreed on themes for the 2015 and 2016 sessions. The organizational session for ECOSOC's 2015 segment took place in New York, US, from 21-22 July 2014.

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UN Agencies Respond to OWG Outcome

United NationsiomlogoJuly 2014: UN agencies began responding to the proposal of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), after the OWG concluded its work on 19 July 2014 with recommendations for 17 possible goals and 169 targets.

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Civil Society Reacts to Proposed SDGs

OWGJuly 2014: In reaction to the final outcome of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in which it proposed SDGs at the conclusion of the 13th session (OWG 13), a number of Major Groups and civil society organizations have released papers and press releases commenting on the proposal. The majority of reactions suggest the outcome is a significant step forward, while also highlighting specific concerns. Many groups expressed appreciation for the OWG's inclusiveness, noting that full and meaningful participation of civil society is being recognized as an essential aspect of the new global agenda.

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UNGA Concludes Structured Dialogues on Technology Facilitation

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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