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Opinion Piece: Exploring Elements of a Global Development Agenda for International Trade and Investment

arton4432By Sanya Reid Smith and Ranja Sengupta

Third World Network participated in the 2nd Geneva Dialogue on Post-2015 organized by UNCTAD where they presented a comparative analysis of the outcomes of the Bali WTO Ministerial Conference and the current discussions in the post-2015 development agenda, including the current working documents of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. For this edition of The 2015 Post, Sanya Reid Smith and Ranja Sengupta prepared an extended version of this analysis.

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Opinion piece: The Right to the City: Strategic approach for the Post-2015 and the Habitat III Global Agendas

arton4430by Lorena Zárate
President
Habitat International Coalition (HIC)
Mexico City

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Sustainable Energy for All Forum: 4-6 June at UN Headquarters

arton4435.jpgThe first annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum will take place at UN Headquarters in New York from 4-6 June 2014.

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General Assembly and ECOSOC Conduct Joint Event on the Role of Partnerships in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

arton4429Recognizing that efforts need to be scaled up to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and to establish an ambitious and transformative sustainable post-2015 development agenda, the United Nations General Assembly (GA) and the UN Economic and Social Council(ECOSOC) conducted a joint thematic debate on “The role of partnerships in the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda” on 9-10 April. In addition to the opening and closing sessions, the two-day event at UN Headquarters featured five panel discussions that sought to examine the role of partnerships; identify and leverage new partnership models and opportunities; provide concrete ideas for creating an enabling and transparent environment, as well as for accountability mechanisms; and enhance collaboration in addressing food and nutritional security and sustainable infrastructure.

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“Post-2015 Agenda Not Complete Without Peace and Security,” Highlights President of General Assembly’s Thematic Debate

arton4431On 24-25 April, theUnited Nations President of the General Assembly(GA) hosted aThematic Debateon “Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies” with the aim to provide Member States with the opportunity to examine ways in which stability and peace can contribute to sustainable development and a more effective post-2015 development agenda.

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Open Working Group on SDGs conducts its 10th session in April; OWG11 taking place 5-9 May

arton4433The Open Working Group (OWG) conducted its10th sessionfrom 31 March – 4 April at UN Headquarters in New York. This was the second negotiating session after the OWG concluded its year-long “stocktaking” phase in February. The next session (OWG11) will be held at UN Headquarters from 5-9 May.

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2014 Social Forum Focuses on the Rights of Older Persons

arton4434From 1-3 April, theOffice of the High-Commissioner for Human Rights(OHCHR) organized the2014 Social Forumunder the theme: “The rights of older persons, including best practices in this regard,” bringing together a wide range of stakeholders, including representatives of Member States, UN agencies, civil society and others, to discuss the issue.

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UN Commission on Population Concludes Adopting Consensus Resolution

arton4428In the early hours of 12 April, the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD47) concluded with a consensus resolution. The resolution reaffirms the Programme of Action (PoA) of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and calls on governments to address remaining gaps and shortfalls that prevent its full implementation.

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UNEP Releases Briefing Notes on Post-2015

arton4427The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recently released four Briefing Notes on the post-2015 development agenda with recommendations on how to (1) achieve a balanced, ambitious and inclusive framework that integrates the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development; (2) accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production (SCP); (3) ensure a clean and healthy environment; and (4) ensure green and decent jobs for poverty eradication.

 

 

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The ICPD Programme of Action and Beyond 2014 Review Should Guide The Post-2015 Development Agenda, Say Experts at CPD47

arton4426From 7-11 April 2014, the United Nations Headquarters in New York was the centre stage for the 47th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD47). For five days, Member States assessed the status of implementation of the Programme of Action (PoA) of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which was agreed upon by 179 governments two decades ago.

 

 

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The 2015 Post: Issue #5 Published

arton4424UN-NGLS has just released Issue #5 of the 2015 Post, our monthly interactive e-magazine on the post-2015 development agenda.

 

 

 

 

 

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Second multistakeholder dialogue held with the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing

arton4422.pngFrom 3-7 March 2014 at UN Headquarters in New York, the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) continued substantive discussions on its mandate originating from Rio+20 to propose “options on an effective sustainable development financing strategy to facilitate the mobilization of resources and their effective use in achieving sustainable development objectives.” The ICESDF will submit its report to the General Assembly by September 2014.

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Second multistakeholder dialogue held with the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing

arton4422From 3-7 March 2014 at UN Headquarters in New York, the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) continued substantive discussions on its mandate originating from Rio+20 to propose “options on an effective sustainable development financing strategy to facilitate the mobilization of resources and their effective use in achieving sustainable development objectives.” The ICESDF will submit its report to the GA by September 2014.

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UN-NGLS interviews Noelene Nabulivou, Diverse Voices and Action for Equality

arton4421UN-NGLS interviews Noelene Nabulivou, Diverse Voices and Action for Equality, Fiji and Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), on the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States  (SIDS), to be held in Samoa in September 2014. She reflects on the engagement of women’s movements in the SIDS process, and the need for coherence across all multilateral processes to ensure sustainable development.

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Side Events to the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women focus on the post-2015 agenda

arton4414.jpgFrom 10-21 March, the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) was held at UN Headquarters in New York. Side events (on-site) and parallel events (off-site) to CSW58, convened by civil society organizations along with UN agencies and Member States, addressed a range of topics related to the post-2015 agenda.

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Information on the UN Secretary-General’s September 2014 Climate Summit

arton4419As part of a global effort to mobilize action and ambition on climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is inviting Heads of State and Government along with business, finance, civil society, and local leaders to a Climate Summit on 23 September 2014 at UN Headquarters. Through this Summit, the Secretary-General aims to catalyze new, substantial, scalable, and replicable commitments by all stakeholders to help the world shift toward a low-carbon economy.

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UN-NGLS interviews Peter Holmgren, Director General of Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

arton4418The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is a nonprofit, global organization dedicated to advancing human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity. It conducts research that enables more informed and equitable decision making about the use and management of forests in less-developed countries. In particular, CIFOR’s research and expert analysis help policy makers and practitioners shape effective policy, improve the management of tropical forests and address the needs and perspectives of people who depend on forests for their livelihoods.

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