Event: SIDS Renewable Energy Forum [viewed]

The Government of New Zealand and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) are organising this event ahead of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The Forum will highlight the benefits of renewable energy for SIDS, provide an opportunity for mutual learning about relevant policies and practices, and promote partnerships for the deployment of renewable energy in SIDS. The Forum is anticipated to highlight the importance of measurable targets in energy partnerships, and to announce the formation of new partnerships.  

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BRICS Launch Development Bank [viewed]

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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UNGA High-Level Debate Discusses Investment in Africa [viewed]

UNGA17 July 2014: Participants recognized Africa's promising growth potential at a UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Thematic Debate on the role of investment in the region. The debate focused on ‘Promotion of investment in Africa and its catalytic role in achieving Africa's development objectives, including those of the New Partnership, particularly the eradication of poverty and the achievement of inclusive and sustained economic growth and development.'

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EEA Highlights Employment, Innovation Benefits of a Green Economy [viewed]

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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ISU, EDF and 50in10 Report Focuses on Financing Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

Towards Investment in Sustainable Fisheries10 July 2014: The transition to more sustainable fisheries management systems can yield financial returns and deliver ecological, economic and social benefits if fisheries are structured as “investable propositions,” according to a report by the Prince of Wales' International Sustainability Unit (ISU), the US Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and 50in10. The organizations launched the report, titled ‘Towards Investment in Sustainable Fisheries: A Framework for Financing the Transition' at a conference on ‘Financing the transition towards a sustainable blue economy.'

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GWP Releases Gender Strategy [viewed]

GWP Global logotype10 July 2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has released its Gender Strategy, which aims to mainstream gender into GWP's work through an overarching framework on gender- and women- inclusive approaches. The Strategy includes three strategic goals: catalyze change in policies and practice; generate and communicate knowledge; and strengthen partnerships.

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UNEP Releases 2014 Year Book on Emerging Environmental Issues [viewed]

UNEPJuly 2014: UNEP has made available an e-book edition of its year book, titled ‘UNEP Year Book 2014: Emerging Issues in Our Global Environment,' which illustrates, across ten chapters, the emergence of current environmental challenges and explores innovative solutions to address them.

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WWAP to Collect Gender-Disaggregated Water Data [viewed]

UNESCOJuly 2014: The UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) has launched a project to develop the first-ever collection of gender-disaggregated water data. According to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the project is expected to provide support for monitoring the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and will build capacity for national data-gathering on gender-disaggregated data.

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Event: SIDS Major Groups and Other Stakeholders Forum [viewed]

This pre-conference Forum will take place ahead of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The Forum will promote opportunities for Major Groups and other stakeholders from SIDS to develop partnerships with each other and with potential supporters, with the overall aim of promoting the sustainable development of SIDS. The Forum aims to integrate gender equality and human rights advocacy into discussions around SIDS, the Beijing+20 Review and the post-2015 development agenda. Civil society partnerships are envisaged in six priority areas: climate change and disaster risk management; oceans, seas and biodiversity; water and sanitation, food security and waste management; sustainable economic development; sustainable energy; and social development, including health and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), youth and women. The Forum is also expected to assist in mobilizing resources for a proposed Civil Society Sustainability Fund. A welcome event will take place on the evening of 28 August.  

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DCF Discusses Role of Development Cooperation in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

Ecosoc Un11 July 2014: Development cooperation must adapt to play a key role in implementing the post-2015 development agenda, according to participants at the 2014 session of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF). The DCF took place on the theme, ‘Bringing the future of development cooperation to post 2015.'

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