Event: First Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum [viewed]

This high-level event will serve as the formal global launch of the UN Decade on Sustainable Energy for All, and as the first of regular yearly global platforms for launching new initiatives and projects in support of the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, and reporting on the progress of the initiative. The first day will be dedicated to SE4ALL multi-stakeholder partnerships, and consist of parallel sessions of highlighting progress made and lessons learned by SE4ALL partners on: universalizing energy access; doubling the amount of renewables in the energy mix; and doubling the rate of progress on energy efficiency. The second day will include an SE4ALL Advisory Board Meeting and High-level Global Leaders Dialogue, while the third day High-Level Ministerial Dialogue on "Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda".  

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Event: Fifth Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa (UNISDR AF), the African Union (AU), and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will bring together African Governments, regional intergovernmental organizations, civil society representatives, members of academic institutions, local governments, private sector organizations, the media, and youth at the Fifth Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Abuja, Nigeria. The meeting is expected to result in an African position on a Post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the context of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).  

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Event: World Mountain Forum 2014 [viewed]

The World Mountain Forum 2014 (WMF 2014) will showcase and discuss available local, regional and global experiences in mountain development, as well as identify likely opportunities and challenges for the future of sustainable mountain development. The meeting's outcomes are meant to feed into and inform, inter alia, the discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda process. The WMF 2014 will cover the following topics: family farming, water and food security; climate change; mountain cities; and mountain communities.  

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Event: C20 Online Consultation on Inclusive Growth and Employment [viewed]

The C20 Inclusive Growth and Employment Working Group aims to develop recommendations for the G20 on pursuing linked goals of boosting growth, creating quality jobs and reducing inequality. The online consultation will focus its discussion on five key areas: participation of vulnerable groups, including women and youth; education and employment; accelerating the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and defining the post-2015 development agenda; tackling youth unemployment; and key civil society issues for the G20 around inclusive growth and employment. Caroline Smith, National Employment Services Association (NESA), Australia, and Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, Oxfam UK, serve as the discussion moderators. This online consultation is one of four that the C20 is conducting to encourage a dialogue between representatives of civil society organizations and political leaders of G20 countries. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting the C20 Conversations.  

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

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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UNEP Releases Post-2015 Note on Human Health and Environment [viewed]

UNEPApril 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has recommended measures to maintain a clean and healthy environment for human health, in its third briefing note on priorities for the post-2015 development agenda.

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SE4ALL Decade Launched to Business Community [viewed]

Sustainable Energy for All9 April 2014: Kandeh Yumkella, the Secretary-General's Special Representative on the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, announced the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (2014-2024) to the business community. The initiative is aimed at promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency worldwide, and will include an annual SE4ALL Forum, with the first Forum convening in June 2014.

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ESCAP Evaluation Week Calls for Strengthening National Capacities [viewed]

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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Pacific Ministers Recommend Including Transport in SDGs [viewed]

SPC7 April 2014: Transport and energy are key enablers for development, according to participants at the second Pacific Regional Energy and Transport (Aviation and Maritime) Ministers Meeting, organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). Pacific ministers adopted the Denerau Communiqué, which calls for including transport in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Mekong Summit Focuses on Water, Food and Energy Nexus in Changing Climate [viewed]

MRC5 April 2014: The Second Mekong Summit was organized around the theme ‘Water, Energy and Food Security in the Context of Climate Change.' The Conference focused on three key issues: climate change adaptation in a transboundary context; sustainable development and the water, energy and food nexus; and the benefits of cooperation.

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