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UNOSD Forum Recommends Measures for Better Governance of Sustainable Development

UNOSD11 April 2014: UN and government officials at the first annual Sustainable Development Transition Forum (SDTF) in Incheon, Republic of Korea, called for strengthening national sustainable development councils and communities of practice, among other measures to improve governance of sustainable development.

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UN Secretary-General Releases Note on Sustainable Development Financing

United Nations27 March 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released a note, titled ‘Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of financing for sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda' (E/2014/53), which addresses: the world economic situation and prospects for 2014; mobilization and use of financial resources for sustainable development; and the global partnership for sustainable development.

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South-South Forum Discusses New Models of Development Cooperation

United Nations13 April 2014: The Third High-Level Forum on South-South Cooperation for Sustainable Development, held in Hong Kong, China, addressed new models and mechanisms for regional cooperation and public-private partnerships. A Chair's summary will feed into the UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Event on the Contributions of North-South, South-South, Triangular Cooperation, and ICT for Development to the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, taking place in May.

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UNECE, WHO Highlight Benefits of Green, Healthy Transport

who unece14 April 2014: Investing in green and healthy transport is economically profitable and results in positive environmental and health effects, according to ‘Unlocking new opportunities: jobs in green and health transport,' a publication by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe.

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HABITAT and Partners Launch Collaboration on Urban Resilience

logo-wuf711 April 2014: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and eight partners launched the Medellín Collaboration on Urban Resilience, to facilitate the flow of knowledge and financial resources to help cities become more resilient to systemic shocks and stresses, including from climate change, disasters caused by natural hazards, and socio-economic challenges resulting from rapid urbanization.

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UNEP, Cities Alliance Outline Tools for Integrating Environment into Urban Planning

Integrating the Environment in Urban Planning and Management: Key Principles and Approaches for Cities in the 21st Century8 April 2014: Rapid urbanization is an opportunity to build more sustainable, equitable and efficient cities and towns, according to ‘Integrating the Environment in Urban Planning and Management: Key Principles and Approaches for Cities in the 21st Century,' a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Cities Alliance. The report focuses on the City Development Strategy (CDS) as a tool to integrate environmental issues into city planning while reducing poverty, promoting inclusive economic growth and ensuring sustainable consumption and production (SCP).

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ESCAP Evaluation Week Calls for Strengthening National Capacities

UNESCAP9 April 2014: A high-level panel discussion on Evaluation and the Post-2015 Development Agenda took place during UN Evaluation Week at the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Panelists urged countries in the region to strengthen national evaluation capacities and adopt better monitoring and evaluation tools, in view of the emerging post-2015 development agenda.

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DSD Compiles Existing Goals and Targets

owg2 April 2014: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has released a compendium of 603 existing goals and targets related to the 19 focus areas under consideration by the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The document was prepared by the Technical Support Team (TST) for the OWG, and aims to inform the second phase of the OWG's work, to agree on and adopt a report on SDGs and targets by July 2014.

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IFAD Launches Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool

IFAD2 April 2014: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced the launch of its Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool (MPAT), which aims to strengthen the design, planning, monitoring and evaluation of projects for rural poverty reduction.

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EC-Funded Survey Assesses Green Policy Implementation

atlantic-future25 March 2014: The International Intelligence Unit of Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) launched a survey, the ‘Green Policy Poll,' to contribute to the Green Policy Index (GPI), as part of a collaborative research project on the Atlantic Basin funded by the EC, under the aegis of the Seventh Framework Programme.

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C20 Conversations Invites Ideas for G20 Action on Climate and Sustainability

c20March 2014: The Civil Society 20 (C20) Conversations is inviting individuals to submit their ideas for actions the Group of 20 (G20) can take at its 2014 Brisbane Summit on four areas: climate and sustainability; governance; inclusive growth and employment; and infrastructure. Discussion topics on climate and sustainability include climate change, climate finance and resource scarcity. 

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UNDP Launches Youth Strategy

UNDP31 March 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the ‘UNDP Youth Strategy 2014-2017: Empowered Youth, Sustainable Future.' The launch took place during a three-day UNDP event on youth and development in Tunis, Tunisia. The strategy focuses on three outcomes: sustainable development pathways through enhanced youth economic empowerment; youth political participation; and youth engagement in disaster preparedness and resilience building.

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Stakeholders Contribute Research, Proposals for Post-2015 Agenda

owg28 March 2014: Ahead of the 10th meeting of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), publications by civil society groups, academics, and stakeholders have been released detailing specific positions and proposals for the post-2015 development agenda.

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FAO Africa Regional Conference Tracks Continental Trends in Food and Nutrition

FAO28 March 2014: Though seven of the ten fastest growing economies of the world are in Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) notes that the continent has made the least progress in reducing poverty in comparison to South Asia and Latin America. Against this backdrop, FAO hosted the 28th Regional Conference for Africa, which focused on identifying actions to accelerate economic transformation and investment in sustainable agriculture centered on smallholder farmers, including youth and women.

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Rome-Based Agencies Recommend Five Targets on FSN, Agriculture

WFP FAO IFAD27 March 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have recommended five targets on food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture for the post-2015 development agenda.

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UN Commission Recognizes Role of Broadband in Inclusive, Sustainable Development

ITU logo23 March 2014: Access to broadband could be a universal development enabler for the post-2015 development agenda, according to the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development. Meeting in Dublin, Ireland, on 22-23 March 2014, the Commission recommended the inclusion of broadband penetration targets in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNDP Calls for Inputs on Draft Social and Environmental Standards

UNDP3 March 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced an invitation to provide comments on its draft Social and Environmental Standards (SESs), which underpin UNDP's commitment to mainstreaming social and environmental sustainability in its programmes and projects. The Standards aim to: strengthen UNDP's social and environmental outcomes; minimize and manage adverse impacts when avoidance is not possible; and strengthen capacities for managing social and environmental risks.

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World Bank Report Proposes Priorities for Sustainable Urbanization

World Bank25 March 2014: ‘Urban China: Toward Efficient, Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanization,' a report by the World Bank and China's Development Research Center, proposes a ‘new urbanization' path that will be environmentally sustainable, ensure food security, better allocate capital, labor and land, and place people at its center.

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OWG Co-Chairs Release Revised SDG Focus Areas

owg19 March 2014: The Co-Chairs of the UN General Assembly Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have written to UN Member States to present four documents ahead of the OWG's tenth session (OWG 10).

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ECOSOC Agrees Theme for HLPF 2

hlpf18 March 2014: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has reached consensus that the theme for the second meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will be 'Achieving the Millennium Development Goals and charting the way for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, including the sustainable development goals.'

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