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OWG Concludes Work, Submits SDG Proposal to UNGA

OWG19 July 2014: The UN General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has concluded its work, adopting by acclamation a report containing 17 proposed SDGs and 169 targets. The proposal will be submitted to the UN General Assembly for consideration and action at its 68th session.

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ILO Calls for Engagement of Labor Sector in Green Economy

ilo-eu18 July 2014: At a Joint Meeting of EU Environment and Labor ministers, hosted by the Government of Italy, the International Labour Organization (ILO) urged the ministers to align their policies on sustainable development. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said a deliberate shift to a greener economy could promote job creation and help mitigate climate change.

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BRICS Launch Development Bank

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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EEA Highlights Employment, Innovation Benefits of a Green Economy

EEA15 July 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report, titled 'Resource-efficient green economy and EU policies,' which describes a range of policies with environmental and economic benefits that can help Europe create jobs and encourage innovation.

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Civil Society Groups React to Revised OWG Zero Draft

OWGJuly 2014: Several civil society groups provided reactions on the UN General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) revised zero draft prior to the opening of the 13th session of the OWG.

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OWG's Final Session Opens to Agree SDGs

OWG14 July 2014: The UN General Assembly's Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) opened its 13th and final session at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 14 July. The Group aims to complete a full reading of the Revised Zero Draft of goals and targets by Wednesday, 16 July, and finalize its report to the UNGA by Friday, 18 July.

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Experts Discuss Transition from MDGs to SDGs

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

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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FOGGS Issue Advice to HLPF

foggs3 July 2014: Drawing on the work of the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP), which was conducted in 2010-2012, the Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS) has provided advice to the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), in order for the HLPF to establish its relevance to the world beyond UN negotiating bodies, and to avoid "becoming another Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)." The recommendations were issued during the second meeting of the HLPF.

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European Commission Adopts Green Employment Initiative

European Union2 July 2014: The European Commission has adopted a communication on the employment challenges and opportunities of a transition towards the green economy. The communication sets out an integrated framework for employment and labor market policies at the EU and national levels to support this transition.

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

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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Aarhus Convention, PRTR Protocol Parties Discuss Access to Information and Implementation

UNECE4 July 2014: The fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 5) to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention), the second Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (MOPP 2) on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs), and their joint high-level segment convened in Maastricht, the Netherlands, from 30 June-4 July 2014.

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Statistics FOC Finds Data Widely Available for Majority of Proposed SDGs

United Nations3 July 2014: The UN Statistical Commission's Friends of the Chair Group on Broader Measures of Progress (FOC) has provided several updates on its work, including support to the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a workshop on monitoring the post-2015 development agenda.

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GGKP Announces Green Growth Publications

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

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

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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DESA Releases Issue Briefs for HLPF 2

hlpfJune 2014: The UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) released six issue briefs for the second session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Each brief includes an introduction and guiding questions for moderated panel discussions that are taking place during HLPF 2.

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DESA Launches Prototype of Global SD Report

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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UNEP Launches 10YFP Consumer Information Programme

10ypf1 July 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Consumer Information Programme (CIP), as part of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP) mandated by the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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OWG Co-Chairs Share "Refined" Draft SDGs

OWG30 June 2014: The co-chairs of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have prepared a “carefully refined version” of the zero draft of the 17 proposed SDGs and accompanying targets.

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